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The Musician's Guide to Distribution & Digital Distribution

——   Created by Jason Allen

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Welcome to the "Musician's Guide" Series!

This series is pulled directly from the courses I've created for my university position in Music Business. All of these courses are designed for the everyday musician - amateur or professional - who has little or no knowledge on the topic, but wants to master it.

This class is all about Distribution and Digital Distribution. In other words: How to get your music on Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, Amazon, and all the hundreds of other streaming services. 

100% Answer Rate! Every single question posted to this class is answered within 24 hours by the instructor. 

It is ideal for anyone who makes music. Especially:

  • Creators: If you are making music, you need to understand how to get your music to the streaming services, and how to get paid from them.
  • Musicians: If you are going to be recorded, you should understand how things will work when the recording is released, and what rights you have to your performance.
  • Producers: If you are releasing music, and you are not capturing "webcasting" royalties, you are missing out on money.
  • Curious Minds: Anyone interested in how distribution works, and where it might be going is invited to be a part of this class.

In this class, we start with the basics of distribution, and how it worked back in the days of physical products. I'll point you to some resources if you want to release physical products (like vinyl records), but then we will move on to the digital distribution platforms. I'll take you inside my accounts, look at my royalty statements, and walk you through the process of getting your music distributed.

But most importantly: There is a hidden royalty that most people don't know about. Once you are on streaming services, you can make even more money if you take just 5 minutes to set one thing up. If you don't, you are missing out on more royalties!

The goal of this class is for you to be making money from your music on streaming services in a few days.


This course is NOT specific to any DAW program.


The course has no genre - so all are welcome here.

Topics Covered: 

  • How the Major Distributors Work
  • Independent Label Distribution
  • Distribution Partnerships
  • Revenue
  • Roles of the Distributor
  • Digital Distributors
  • Kobalt
  • Apple Music
  • Spotify
  • Amazon Music
  • Tidal
  • Inside my Accounts!
  • TuneCore
  • Symphonic Distribution
  • Distrokid
  • CDBaby
  • Hidden Royalties!
  • Licensing and Performing Rights
  • And much, much more!

If you are ready to start making money from your music from streaming, this class will start you on that journey. Get started today.

Dr. Allen is a university music professor and is a top-rated instructor - with nearly 100 courses and over 200,000 students. 

In 2017 Star Tribune Business featured him as a "Mover and a Shaker," and he is recognized by the Grammy Foundation for his music education classes. 

The course project

Release your album!

  • With your finished project, research what kind of distribution channels you want to be on.
  • Once you have chosen your distribution method, choose a distributor. 
  • Sign up and create your account with the distributor.
  • Select your release dates
  • Get your tracks out!

26 Lessons

3 mins
free preview
3 mins
What We Are Covering Here
free preview
2 mins
Tools You Will Need For This Class
1 min
Disclaimer: I Am Not a Lawyer
5 mins
The Last Stronghold of "The Majors"
5 mins
Independent Label Distribution Partnerships
6 mins
Distribution Alone Deals
5 mins
The Effect of File Sharing
3 mins
The Revenue Picture
7 mins
Roles of a (Physical) Distributor
5 mins
3 mins
End Caps
3 mins
Going It Alone
4 mins
Distribution and Publishing
5 mins
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About the instructor

Jason  Allen
Jason Allen
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J. Anthony Allen has worn the hats of composer, producer, songwriter, engineer, sound designer, DJ, remix artist, multi-media artist, performer, inventor, and entrepreneur. Allen is …

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  • 30 day satisfaction guarantee
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  • Project included
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  • 1h 23m of on-demand video
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