STARTER

DIY | $19.99 per year | 100% of Royalties

Symphonic Starter gives you the ability to keep 100% of royalties while accessing more tools and analytics than any other distributor. We help you grow your music, collect royalties and split payments all while you maintain the rights to your music.

$19.99 per year

  • Get your music on 200+ service providers including Spotify, Apple, TikTok, Triller, Instagram, and specialty stores Beatport and Traxsource!

  • Fast customer support by real humans!

  • Keep 100% of your earnings and rights

  • FREE royalty splits/payments to collaborators, featuring artists, graphic designers, or anyone you’d like to pay

  • Get paid from YouTube, TikTok, Instagram, and more

  • Collect Publishing & SoundExchange royalties

  • Monthly Royalty Payouts from all of the major DSPs

  • Enable whatever access you’d like to your team.

  • Amazing Analytics (TikTok, YouTube, Spotify, and more)

  • Pre-save, Marketing Mailer tools and much more!

Symphonic Starter vs. Other Options

Symphonic offers more tools, faster, and better support at a lower cost.

  Symphonic CD Baby DistroKid Tunecore UnitedMasters
Customer Service Response Time 1 day (by humans) Days Days Days Days
Speed of Delivery to DSPs 1-2 days 3-5 days 1-7 days 5 days+ 7-10 days
Fees per Release Never! single: $9.95
album: $29
$0 0%
$14.99 - $49.99
yearly fees
$0
Pre-Scheduled Release Dates Yes, included for free Yes No, requires $35.99/year upgrade Yes, included for free Yes
Individual User Roles Yes No  No No No
Amazing Analytics (Playlist, TikTok & YouTube Analytics) Yes Yes, but limited No Yes, but limited Yes
Split Payment Fee $0 Not offered Yes / $19.99 a year per each collaborator Not offered $0
SoundExchange Collection Yes Yes No No No
YouTube, Content ID, and all other UGC $0 + 30% $0 + 30% 20% + $4.95 per single, and $14.95 for each release of 2+ songs, per year $0 + 20% Content ID for $59.99 per year
Music Publishing $100 lifetime fee $100 Not available $75 lifetime fee Not available
Symphonic CD Baby
1 day (by humans)

Customer Service Response Time

Days

Customer Service Response Time

1-2 days

Speed of Delivery to DSPs

3-5 days

Speed of Delivery to DSPs

Never

Fees per Release

single: $9.95 album: $29

Fees per Release

Yes, included for free

Pre-Scheduled Release Dates

Yes

Pre-Scheduled Release Dates

Yes

Individual User Roles

No

Individual User Roles

Yes

Amazing Analytics (Playlist, TikTok & YouTube Analytics)

Yes, but limited

Amazing Analytics (Playlist, TikTok & YouTube Analytics)

$0

Split Payment Fee

Not offered

Split Payment Fee

Yes

SoundExchange Collection

Yes

SoundExchange Collection

$0 + 30%

YouTube, Content ID, and all other UGC

$0 + 30%

YouTube, Content ID, and all other UGC

$100

Music Publishing

$100

Music Publishing

 
DistroKid Tunecore
Days

Customer Service Response Time

Days

Customer Service Response Time

1-7 days

Speed of Delivery to DSPs

5 days+

Speed of Delivery to DSPs

$0

Fees per Release

single: $9.99 album: $29.99 (per year/or $0 for unlimited)

Fees per Release

No, requires $35.99/year upgrade

Pre-Scheduled Release Dates

Yes, included for free

Pre-Scheduled Release Dates

No

Individual User Roles

No

Individual User Roles

No

Amazing Analytics (Playlist, TikTok & YouTube Analytics)

Yes, but limited

Amazing Analytics (Playlist, TikTok & YouTube Analytics)

Yes / $19.99 a year per each collaborator

Split Payment Fee

Not offered

Split Payment Fee

No

SoundExchange Collection

No

SoundExchange Collection

20% + $4.95 per single, and $14.95 for each release of 2+ songs, per year

YouTube, Content ID, and all other UGC

$0 + 20%

YouTube, Content ID, and all other UGC

Not available

Music Publishing

$75 lifetime fee

Music Publishing

UnitedMasters
Days

Customer Service Response Time

7-10 days

Speed of Delivery to DSPs

$0

Fees per Release

Yes

Pre-Scheduled Release Dates

No

Individual User Roles

Yes

Amazing Analytics (Playlist, TikTok & YouTube Analytics)

$0

Split Payment Fee

No

SoundExchange Collection

Content ID for $59.99 per year

YouTube, Content ID, and all other UGC

Not available

Music Publishing

Get Access to Resources & Support for Indie Artists

Symphonic helps you understand the music industry, reach your audience, and engage our community.

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Our Symphonic Blog is one of the leading resources for the music industry. It contains the latest trends in marketing, monetization, and more.

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Join our Facebook Groups for networking opportunities with other members of our community in the US and Latin America.

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Be the first to hear about our educational events, conferences, webinars, and networking sessions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who does Symphonic distribute to?

We distribute to hundreds of different outlets and digital service providers. To check out our list of current partners, click here. We are always adding new distribution partners to our network.

Will I be locked into a long-term, exclusive deal?

Through Starter you will have a non-exclusive deal where you are still allowed to work with other distributors in addition to us. You own your music, keep your rights, we’re only the platform that helps you get your music out there and gives you advanced technology to help elevate your career.

What other services does Symphonic offer?

Symphonic provides many different services including Video Distribution, YouTube and SoundCloud Monetization, Publishing Administration and Sync Licensing. Signing up is only the beginning!

Why is this better than DistroKid and others?

Symphonic Starter gives you more than DistroKid and other distributors. You receive advanced technology that shows stream performance, TikTok analytics, YouTube videos created using your content, playlist placements, and, we let you split royalties to collaborators for free. Simply put, we give you more features than competitors who will upcharge you. You also get distributed to one of the largest DSP networks in the world allowing you to attract more listeners and earn more money.

How many artists and releases can I have on an account?

Under Starter, clients must utilize one primary artist on all releases under the account. You can have unlimited releases with that primary artist and bring on as many featuring and remixer artists as you’d like.

What is the refund policy for Starter?

There are no refunds once you join Starter and if you cancel your account, you will have access for it until the term of one year expires at which point your content will be taken down.

When will I get paid?

Symphonic issues payments on a monthly basis. You may review our payment schedule. In order to collect payments, you must provide up-to-date payment and tax information. Your balance will remain active on your account until payments are claimed.

How much will it cost me?

Only $19.99 a year to upload unlimited music! No additional fees per release. You also get more than what others are offering, such as the ability to have a custom C and P line, choose the partners to deliver to, TikTok Analytics, free SplitShare of royalties to collaborators and more.

How much of my money will Symphonic keep?

You will keep 100% of royalties from the distribution of your music to Apple, Spotify, Deezer, Pandora and many more. Like most of the industry, there are some percentage fees for User Generated Content revenue collection such as YouTube.

Will you do marketing if I sign up under this plan?

Symphonic will not be able to pitch your material to DSPs under this plan. We do have Marketing services available for fees where you can apply as well as a third-party playlist pitching service called Streaming Promotions that you can take advantage of if approved.

How is this different from Partner?

This plan is a DIY (Do It Yourself) plan that allows you to get started on your journey of the music industry and Symphonic. Starter is fee based ($19.99 per year for a primary artist and unlimited releases). Our Partner plan is by application only, including personalized support, as well as marketing to DSPs. We charge a percentage for that level of support and you can have unlimited artists.

Why is Symphonic doing this now?

For years, Symphonic has been a selective distributor. We created Starter because every artist deserves to benefit from the technology, client service and reach that we provide. We’ve seen successful artists grow within our platform, such as Ozuna, Doechii, ALOK, and many more. Now we are offering our platform to artists beginning their careers who want to get started with the best technology and widest distribution reach in the industry.

Ready to get started?

Create an account instantly and start making money from your music with tools and insights to grow your fanbase.