BandLab has officially entered the crowded distribution arena as part of an expanded deal with Downtown Music’s FUGA.
The BandLab Technologies-owned platform just recently announced its distribution buildout, having unveiled an AI-focused tie-up with Universal Music about one month ago. In connection with the newer of the agreements, the BandLab community (which is said to consist of over 60 million artists) can already distribute their work to services including Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, and, notably, TikTok.
While the desktop edition of BandLab Distribution was live at the time of this writing, the offering is “rolling out progressively across Android and iPhone devices,” according to higher-ups. Notwithstanding mobile distribution’s forthcoming debut, BandLab is already touting the feature’s perceived part in contributing to its role “as the first mobile music creation app to empower artists effortlessly from inspiration” through release.
A cursory examination of the BandLab Distribution webpage shows that artists subscribed to the platform’s $14.95-per-month (or $149.50-per-year) paid membership will keep 100 percent of their royalties after releasing music via the service. Importantly, should one cancel a subscription, future payments would be issued at an 80-20 split, the appropriate text shows.
While artists have more than a few options in the distribution space, the ReverbNation owner BandLab is positioned to pitch the tool to a substantial number of creators, as mentioned.
Expanding upon the point, BandLab Technologies co-founder and CEO Meng Kuok emphasized his company’s goal of affording all artists the ability “to maximize the potential of their creativity.”
“The success of BandLab users powering the charts continues to amaze us,” Kuok relayed in part, “and finally launching digital music distribution fully to our BandLab community represents a significant step towards fulfilling our mission to streamline the artistic path and empower creators at every stage of their journey.
“We firmly believe that artists, regardless of where they are in the world, should have access to tools that enable them to maximize the potential of their creativity, and this feature is tailored to do precisely that,” proceeded the Caldecott Music Group head.
In other distribution news, BMG in September split from Warner Music’s ADA, proceeding in October to ink a Universal Music pact covering, among other things, physical distribution. Also in October, LAB Records reupped with ADA, and DistroKid finalized a renewed agreement with the SoundOn owner TikTok.