How it works?
We provide a unique possibility for you to gain a potentially massive new audience for you and your music, by providing you with a solution to distribute and promote your music to Mainland China.
What does Musicinfo do?
Our company created a music distribution platform that is very easy to use and at the same time fulfills all the requirements of the Chinese Streaming Stores we work with.
In our distribution platform, you can upload your music together with the required information, such as; copyright, lyrics, features, etc. You can also create your artist profile for the Chinese stores with your artist-bio and picture.
As you may or may not know, in China, music platforms such as Spotify, Deezer, Pandora, Tidal, Google Play, etc., are not available.
We distribute your music to 33 music providers in Mainland China.
This is the short list of our partners: https://musicinfo.io/streaming-partners/
How to get started?
To get started you simply purchase a distribution plan that fits the number of releases you have or you want to distribute from a choice of 3:
Star Distribution - for 1 release
Gold Distribution - for 20 releases
Platinum Distribution - for 100 releases
*1 release = 1 song / 1 album / 1 EP
Each plan has a set price which must be purchased to get started. Every plan is maintained by a yearly fee nearly ⅓ of the initial cost. Your distribution options can be found here: https://musicinfo.io/distribution.html
What happens after you purchase a distribution plan?
After you purchase a distribution plan, you will receive an email that contains username (your email address), a new password and a link to the distribution platform.
NOTE: The distribution platform website https://distribute.musicinfo.io/ is not the same website as the webstore www.musicinfo.io. Therefore, the account you have on our main website (our webstore), is not the same as the account you will have on the distribution platform.
Use the login information from the email you received after you made the purchase to log into the distribution platform where you can set up your account (create a new password and update personal information). You can then start uploading your music.
This is a short video tutorial that shows you how to upload your music in our platform: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zOHYNParpP4&t=92s
To have the best user experience you must use the distribution platform on your laptop or computer and NOT on your mobile devices (phones/tablets). We also recommend Chrome browser when using the distribution platform.
What happens after you upload your music to our platform?
We distribute your music to the top five major streaming providers: QianQian Music, QQ Music, Kuwo Music, Kugou Music and Netease, of which you will collect royalties. It typically takes 5 weeks for the music to be live. This is not without the possibility of extenuating circumstances that could lengthen the distribution process.
As well as these major Chinese music providers we send your music to be published on 28 more Chinese music promotion companies and Chinese radio stations. It is at the sole discretion of these providers that your music will be picked up and aired, however most of the music we send to them is usually selected and then published due to demand and interest for Western music. In the case that your music is aired on these services you will collect royalties from only these three: Migu Music, iMusic and Wo Music. The circumstances your music becomes live on these services could be considerably longer than the major distribution services.
If your music is not yet live in 5 weeks please know that once you have published your release from your platform, that it is in the process of being distributed. We check all the data is correct and that the music is not duplicated on the music providers. We then send the metadata with the music files to China where it is checked with the legal copyright before it is sent to the music providers. This requires manual work and greatly affects the duration of the sorting and distribution process.
The statistics are calculated on a quarterly base, so 4 times a year. Data is collected at the end of each term at which time the sorting and reporting period begins, which is done manually due to the lag in automation of these procedures. The sorting and reporting period takes 6 months due to the manual processes and the vast amount of data collected from all our music providers, this means that from the time your music is live it will take from 6 to 9 months for you to receive your first report and royalties. After your first report you will receive consecutive reports every 3 months.
How do I get paid for my music streams?
Musicinfo pays artists 100% off ALL their royalties for the streams their music gets on the Chinese Stores we work with. We do not pay your publishing such as BMI, ASCAP, PRS, etc. We pay artists directly. The first streaming reports and statistics will come to your account dashboard on the distribution platform, after 9 months from the time your music was live in China. You will be able to collect your money from the PayPal account you have added to your profile when you set up your distribution platform user account.
For more information about our terms of distribution please follow this link: https://musicinfo.io/terms_of_use_distribution/
How do I promote my music in China?
Once your music is live in China its good to essential to promote it. Musicinfo offers artists 3 promotion plans that helps artists get visibility for their music to more listeners to increase the number of plays. You can check our promotional services here: https://musicinfo.io/promotion.html
We work strictly with the Chinese Social Media apps, Weibo, WeChat and Tencent, and the video platforms QQ Videos http://v.qq.com/ and YinYueTai http://u.yinyuetai.com/.
In Mainland China, social media and video platforms such as YouTube, Facebook, Instagram or Twitter are blocked. You can find a list of all apps and websites blocked in mainland China here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Websites_blocked_in_mainland_China
If you are located in countries such as China, U.S.A., Canada, Brazil, Malaysia, Australia, Japan, Korea, Singapore, England, France, Russia, India, Thailand, Germany, Italy, Spain, Indonesia, Cambodia, Myanmar, Brunei, Philippines, Vietnam, Laos you are able to create a Weibo account for free. Weibo is is a Chinese microblogging website. You can find a tutorial about how to create a Weibo account here: https://desk.zoho.eu/portal/musicinfo/kb/articles/how-to-get-a-weibo-account
If you have any other questions please feel free to get in contact with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.