Music Kickup Will Distribute Your Music in Less than an Hour… For Free

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Digital distributor Music Kickup says they can upload your music to iTunes in less than an hour… 100% free with no limits.

Music Kickup also claims to upload music to Google Play, Spotify and Deezer within 48 hours. Artists keep all rights and royalties.

How can this be? It sounds too good to be true… Well, Music Kickup says distribution is just one part of their business, and they make up for the hit in other areas. The company believes distribution should be a free service, saying:

For us the question was never about why should it be free – it was always a question of why the hell are people paying for it! As an industry we’re leaking hundreds of millions of euros/dollars/pounds away from the industry to third party companies – companies that are not returning these profits to rotation. This had to change. For us this change comes naturally.”

Music Kickup is currently only available to artists, but will soon open up for labels.

The company will soon launch artist development and management tools under the name Career Path. This service will include unnamed partnerships with other companies and services.

39 Responses

  1. Hmmmm

    This simply doesnt work the way they say it does! Plus.. iTunes arent going to be happy when companies claim they can guarantee something, when they simply cant!

  2. Free Except

    It’s all entirely free, apart from:

    “Additionally, we may have to deduct certain transactional costs and other expenses incurred to us in connection with the provision of our service to you.”

  3. Paul Resnikoff

    If I buy a hamburger from a burger joint, and the place closes down the next day, big deal. If my digital distributor closes down tomorrow, I have a real problem. Which is why I like to see a company in the marketplace for at least a few years before I’d feel comfortable trusting that company with my catalog.

    • Anonymous

      Why then do you always — as in repeatedly, over and over, again and again — favour more or less reliable start-ups like Audiam over services we all use on a daily basis such as TuneCore?

      The latter is the current industry standard, yet it’s only mentioned here if a user has a problem.

      Is it still because TuneCore refuses to discuss Mr. Price with you in public?

    • Over

      The company seems to have been founded in 2011. So that’s a good 3 years in already

      • Bruno

        Maybe, but they are effectively distributing music, only for weeks 🙂 !!!!!

  4. Human

    LOL. I nearly took this seriously until i saw their horrific SEO tag here. Look, anyone can put music online, but the day to day work of keeping it there costs money and you need staff you can rely on.
    Having a few contracts and launching a site is a short term strategy that is going to fail

  5. Bruno

    Let’s see if they are still there … next year 🙂
    Who can believe, that they are able to distribute bands and labels freely on a long term period?
    I am 100% sure that either they’ll go bankrupt or they’ll charge you on a way or another, even if you don’t use any additionnal services.

    • Apostrophy

      How was your prophecy right, Bruno? I think they are still around, not charging. What do you think, Bruno?

      • YA BOI

        Yup, still there and working in 2016!
        That’s two years.

  6. JTVDigital

    I attended their presentation at MIDEM.

    It was…how to say…hilarious.

      • JTV Digital

        Their strategy is the following (from what I understood):

        The “100% free” offer is a teasing to make people subscribe / to collect emails.
        It worked (apparently) since they said they have more than 60,000 people registered now.

        Then once they have your contact, they try to sell you a 99€/year subscription to access a set of tools, consisting mainly in some kind of mass mailing / social sharing stuff (something that already exists for free elsewhere).

        They will also try to convince you to use a service by a company named 3plet, a Russian venture defending the concept of “album as an app”, who believe it is possible to sell that kind of product (whereas all past similar experiences failed).

        This set of tools/services is what they call “Career Path”.

        They are backed up by a Finnish investment fund and are burning shitloads of money in promotion/marketing (I can’t imagine the cost of their big stand at MIDEM…)

        That’s all I learned, oh and yes, according to them “all digital distributors are assholes”.
        It gives you the tone of their communication / PR strategy.

        They are all around 20-25 years old (except the CEO and the Russian guy), and the dress-code of the company seems to be “techno-punk-viking”. But the few girls on the stand were quite nice though.

        So let’s see in 2-3 years how these Revolutionaries / Experts in music business perform.

  7. Busybody

    Only the most hugely inflated ego will believe that someone would go to all the bother of of dealing with support, and accounting for their less than fantastic music for free. The feeling of entitlement that might just drive this company is mind blowing.

  8. Tarantula

    “why the hell are people paying for it!” Just wait until you have tens of thousands of artists digging into royalty questions (Quite legitimately), demanding statistics, take downs, cover changes, Asking about Spotify artist profile creation etc etc and then you will understand. Music kickup is incredibly naive at best and an intentional scam at worst. Good luck being around to pay out royalties for the second half of this year.

  9. Bruno

    That’s not possible, because before albums are live on Itunes, Apple checks EVERY album. And you never know when the staff is available. Moreover, there’s always a lot of albums BEFORE yours to be checked first. So be live in less than 24-48 hours CANNOT BE GURANTEED AT ALL!!!!!

    • Sebastian Wolff

      It can’t be guaranteed, no. iTunes does not check every album though; only a fraction of submitted albums lend in content review, which can add a few days to getting it live.

  10. Jorge Brea - Symphonic

    They may have investor money but when their storage and bandwidth starts to outweigh any of their clients using their “Career Path” they will be in the red. It’s a bold attempt but one that’s plagued with a lot of issues and for the “New Kid On The Block” to have such a cocky attitude calling other companies assholes and such just gives every Digital Distributor immense firepower to discredit their brand for their lack of professionalism. Anyway….

    • Tom

      I was at the MIDEM presentation as well, did not hear them calling companies assholes.

      From what I understood was that they where referring to unfair artist exploitation that is based upon false expectations.

      • JTVDigital

        Maybe you missed that part then.

        “unfair artist exploitation that is based upon false expectations”

        If asking people to pay for a service is “unfair exploitation” then there is lot of unfair exploitation in this world.
        Making people think a company can offer some services for free with no compensation is unfair exploitation of credulity.

        “false expectations”: I don’t think any distributor is telling artists they’ll magically become superstars because their songs are on iTunes and Spotify.
        Most (if not all) of us say: we put your music on iTunes…etc, the price is x$ and the royalty share is x%.

        • Tom

          I was unclear – I did not hear them bad mouthing companies nor distribution companies for that matter. What I took away from it was that they where talking of the bigger industry at that point and artist insecurity exploitation. I didn’t see that it would have been targeted towards distribution

  11. Kevin Rivers

    As the sole inventor of the “100% Free Distribution” model that Music Kickup has adopted (I’ve invented the model more than 5 years ago), I can certainly tell you all that this model will not work. While I do congratulate them on their press and their launch, I caution the well educated artists who may fall for the temptation. Just because something is the most cheapest, doesn’t mean it is always the best solution. It’s all about security and how sustainable the model will be long-term.

    As Jorge mentioned, distribution does cost money (hosting fees, marketing, etc.). There are only 2 viable secure models. The flat fee model (i.e. TuneCore, JTV Digital, CD Baby) and the percentage-base model (i.e. Venzo Digital, Symphonic Distribution, etc.).

    When choosing a distributor, you have to be well-educated about how their approach will play into your overall music career and business plan. From there, you’ll be able to have a sound partnership and have a great experience.

    Kevin Rivers
    CEO, Venzo Digital

    • Don Willis

      We waited 6 weeks for venzo and after several emails with “We are working on it” we moved on.

    • Artist


      Does Venzo REALLY work?

      I used Venzo, got some money, and then you switched to this Zoningo website. My song is still live, but no way to get my money, see my stats, or even take it down.

      I hope you could tell me how to actually get my money from the song!

  12. Ray

    Ha. What they’re not highlighting is the abysmal payment terms. As an artist, I would rather use a trusted distributor that actually pays. They say they’ll hold on to payment for 6 months! That will be around the time they go out of business and screw all the artists.

    My goal as an artist is to advance my career, make money, and not get screwed. If you expect everything for free, you will get screwed.

  13. Sebastian Wolff - Loudr

    Fantastic for artists, if the distribution speed and 0% cut is true. What’s the business plan? In my experience, you get what you pay for.

  14. Barbara

    Well, it looks like they removed some very disturbing language from their FAQ section. In there own words they pointed out that artists royalties are paid out after the company covers administrative costs and that the company (Musickickup) has the right to determine what that cost would be. It sounds to me that you upload your music for “Free” but you don’t really receive royalties. This is as scammy as I’ve seen.

    Every single reputable distributor has their pros and cons but I would advise artists to stick to the guys who’ve been there and that have great management teams who make good decisions for their clients. Cdbaby, Tunecore, Reverb, Mondo tunes, etc. have been there and own the market. Some do better things than others but I would suggest sticking to the guys that know the industry and have delivered.

    I’ve done extensive research on the A-list and gladly will share my opinion should anyone be interested. Musickickup, Distro kid and some of the other newbies popping up are the one hit wonders and soon to be gone. They’re the neon light downtown clubs that aren’t sustainable. They may sound cheap and sound too good to be true, because they are. At some point the business costs cannot support their business model. It

    Do your homework and choose wisely when it comes to your hard work.

  15. Guillaume

    They have already raised 1M !
    They have the technology and it seems working.
    They have 120 000 fb follower.
    = They are not just dreamer 🙂
    They may suceed, they may fall, but business is changing 🙂

  16. Maxis

    They filed bankrupt last week. So long all distributed songs…

    If you get 1mil of funding, why burn it on Miden and such?

    • Elias

      Is this legit? I just upgraded to artist pro. If that is the case i just wasted 45 euros… Are you certain about this info?

  17. MillByMouth

    I’ve just uploaded and had published 2 albums. One off pro cost is 44.90 euros. To pay or not to pay….

  18. MillByMouth

    PS I think they’re great. So many costs for small musicians, so refreshing to have this service

  19. DJH

    Word is now getting about that artists have not received any royalties for the entire 2015!!! Perhaps their plan is simply to keep money made for themselves!

  20. DH

    Word is now getting about that artists have not received any royalties for the entire 2015. Perhaps their plan is simply to keep money made for themselves!

  21. Anonymous

    I’ve been on Music Kickup for 3 years with over 30k plays on Spotify alone and still no pay I’m about to switch my songs to another distribution can’t wait for the lawsuit.

    • Anonymous

      Me to be on music kickup 3 years no royalties with Spotify for artist shows 30,000 streams on Spotify alone and another 15,000 on iTunes still no sales reports