Knowledge Center

If you can’t find the answer to your question here, please use the contact support form in your dashboard on the Groove Distribution site for help. Please do not email us via MGMH.

What is Music Distribution?

Music distribution refers to the process of making music available to listeners through various channels such as streaming platforms, digital downloads, physical media (like CDs and vinyl records)

What is a digital distributor?

Before the age of the internet, an artist needed labels in order to release music. Now with the growth of streaming platforms, everyone including labels have to go through a digital distributor or aggregator. They are the middle people who help deliver your tracks to all platforms like Spotify, Apple etc. MGMH Groove is a digital distributor for independent artists.

What is Music Publishing?

Music publishing refers to the business of acquiring, administering, and exploiting the rights to musical compositions. It involves managing the copyrights associated with songs, including the lyrics and musical compositions themselves. Music publishers work closely with songwriters, composers, and copyright organizations to ensure that creators are compensated for the use of their work.

Why do I need Music Publishing?

If you have written and composed your own music or are a songwriter, then you are entitled to publishing royalties. Publishing royalties are collected every time your music is played on the radio, live, on TV and even when streamed.

How do I choose the right distributor?

There are lots of distributors available to artists today. You must ask yourself what more is the distributor doing for you? Everyone can get your music released… but what extra’s do I get. Also check on whether they charge per release or yearly and then make an informed decision.

How do I collect Publishing income?

Your publishing royalties are divided into Publisher share and Artist share. You need to first register yourself with a PRO (Performance rights society) like IPRS, PRS for Music or BMI. They will help you collect half of your publishing income. The balance you can only collect via a publisher or publishing admin like MGMH Groove. So if you’re just with IPRS or PRS, you’re only collecting half of your publishing income.

What’s better: yearly payment or one time payment?

There are no right or wrongs, however do keep in mind that with yearly payment, you will have to continue to pay each year to keep your songs online. If you forget to pay one year, your music will go offline. Also in the long run, yearly payments tend to work out more expensive for artists as opposed to one time payment + percentage. Because in percentage deals, the distributor only makes money when the artist does.

Can I release a cover song?

It is NOT legal to release cover songs in India and across the world without the permission of the copyright holder. In India, most of the times the copyright is held with a label. You may have seen websites like easy song licensing that claim to provide you with a license for covers. Please note this license is ONLY applicable for release in America and not worldwide. If you’re caught releasing someone else’s copyright without permission you can be blacklisted by music streaming platforms.

What if my song is in Public Domain?

In India a song’s copyright is valid for 60 years after the death of the copyright holder, after that the song becomes public domain (unless copyright is extended) and hence one can release covers without a license. However, certain platforms like instagram, Facebook and Youtube content ID, do not monetize public domain songs and hence may remove the tracks from their platform.

Are you using licensed or bought beats/samples? + Why is my music not on IG/Facebook?

Your music will be monetised on IG, Facebook and Youtube content ID only if you have created all parts of the song. If you have: – Content licensed non-exclusively from a third party (such as samples or beats that are not exclusively licensed), Cover songs, Public domain songs, Content containing sound effects, loops etc from audio samples library, then your tracks will not be monetized on the above platforms. 

What is an ISRC code? and why do i need it?

An ISRC code is an International Standard Recording Code. It is used to identify individual sound recordings. So if an album has 10 songs, each song will be assigned an ISRC code and hence you will have 10 codes. You need to use the ISRC code when you’re switching distributors or when you wish to use the same song that has been previously released (same recording) for example as a single; as part of an album or compilation. If you use the same ISRC of the single as part of your album, then you will see both the single release with its artwork as well as the song as part of the album with the album artist, However the stream counts will be combined.

What is a UPC code? and why do I need it?

A UPC code is a universal product code or barcode you see on any sale item. One UPC/ Barcode is issued for each point of sale. So for 1 single you will get 1 UPC code and for 1 album you will get 1 UPC code. You need to know the UPC code, if you’re switching distributors so you can use the same barcode.

What are the artwork requirements for upload?

Name on artwork MUST match the release name. The file format must be .jpg/.jpeg/.png in RGB Colour (not CMYK). The file size must be no larger than 10Mb image dimensions at least 3000 x 3000 pixels, and perfect square. The art must not contain website addresses or social media links. 

What format music do you accept?

We accept .WAV audio files in 16bit 44.1kHz resolution (CD Quality), and 24bit WAV files at the most common sample rates. We do not accept mp3 files or 32bit files. You can convert other file types to WAV using iTunes or other web-based conversion apps.

How long does it take for my release to go live on digital stores?

The turnaround time can vary from store to store. We recommend submitting your album at least 4 weeks prior to your intended release date. This gives enough time for us to ingest and deliver your tracks, and for the services to also ingest, index and display them on their own sites. We will advise you from your catalogue page if your release has been delivered to stores, but this does not mean the store itself has been able to get the tracks live on their site (which is out of our control).

When do I get paid?

You get paid when we do. Royalties can sometimes take 3-6 months to be processed from the end of actual month sales, depending on the platform. For the major services who pay royalties on a regular schedule (eg. Spotify + Apple), royalties are available 3 months and 1 week from the end of the stream month. For example, all of January streams will be deposited in your dashboard on 8th May. The delay is a common issue with all distributors who need to wait until the music services process and audit all their sales figures. We then need to process these statements and attribute the royalties to each of our artists. As soon as this is done you can access your money from the payments page in your dashboard, and request a withdrawal.

It’s release day and I can’t find my songs?

Providing you have given at least 2 weeks for stores to ingest your release, if you have received a notification from us that your release has been successfully delivered and can’t find it on iTunes or Spotify, please contact us from your dashboard and we will investigate. If you are a brand new artist, the search indexing on these stores can take some time to update (especially on Friday’s which is global release day!), so it usually resolves itself throughout the day.

Can I access my music and art files after I’ve uploaded them?

Yes, your music is stored safely in the system. We store and backup every music file you upload, which you can access any time you need. View your single or album from your MY CATALOGUE page, and you can play or download any of the audio tracks you have uploaded (just right-click and ‘save file as’).  To download your art files, just right click the album art on the main MY CATALOGUE screen and right-click ‘save file as’ to download the full resolution version.

Artist Profiles:

AMAZON MUSIC

Amazon Music has recently launched a mobile app and desktop websitefor artists to track the success of their tracks on the platform and recieve insights on their Fan and SuperFan audience segments. You can also find out how many people are asking for your music using their Alexa devices! The app is available globally and on both Andriod and iOS operating systems so go on, download it and claim your artist profile.

APPLE MUSIC

Be sure to register at artists.apple.com first, so you can gain insights into your listeners, like where in the world your fans are based, as well as playlist stats. The site can also tell you how many times your track has been shazamed, and how many people are listening to your music over time. Distribution services (like US!) can now update your profile on Apple Music for you. From 23/01/20, Shazam for Artists will be moving over to Apple Music, and operated from the same dashboard. 

MUSIXMATCH

You know when people have lyrics that come up on insta stories? That info is pulled from Musixmatch which is why it’s super important to have your lyrics up to date on here. Visit musixmatch.com/contribute and get those lyrics up stat!

SPOTIFY

The big cheese! Register for your artist profile at artists.spotify.com and await verification. Once your profile’s been approved, get ready to set it up! You need to include a biography, a photo and a cover photo. It’s especially important to include the photos on Spotify because sometimes the service sends emails to your fans to let them know about upcoming tours and releases, but they only do this for artists who have uploaded photos. Spotify also has another handy feature when you write or edit your bio – it allows you to tag artists/playlists/songs/albums as direct links. Always link to your social media platforms from Spotify too. 

YOUTUBE MUSIC

YouTube is the premium platform for music videos. It offers useful stats like views by city and play counts. This is ONLY available to artists who distribute thier music with MGMH Groove. We cannot request updates to accounts distributed by other aggregators. 

New Releases end up on a ‘Topic’ channel, unless you have successfullty applied for an Offical Artists Channel (you need a minumum of 3 delivered releases to apply, see here. for details). If you think you meet these requirements we can help you apply for an OAC on your behalf. Email: mgmhgroove@distrosupport.freshdesk.com. 

Please be aware we can’t guarantee you’ll be accepted to their program. We also suggest that you be a part of the YouTube Partner Program, which you can read more about here.

How Do I switch my music over to Groove without losing my streams?

RE-UPLOADING YOUR RELEASE

  1. Create an account with MGMH Groove (if you haven’t done so already!)
  2. Click the ‘Create New Release’ tile in the artist dashboard. 
  3. Choose the ‘re-release of an existing single/album’ option
  4. When adding your tracks, select the option to enter your existing ISRC. Ensure you do this for EVERY track. This is how the tracks will link on Spotify and your streaming count will merge across. You will find this information on your old distributor’s dashboard.
  5. Submit your release and we’ll do the rest!

SWITCHING OVER

  1. To ensure your stream counts merge to the Music Gets Me High versions, ensure that your new release is delivered and live for 48hrs prior to issuing a takedown with your old distributor. If you click into the album page on Spotify desktop, look for the ‘1 More Release’ icon which indicates that the 2 releaes have successfully merged. (Note this can take 48hrs).
  2. When you see this symbol, send a request to your previous distributor to remove their version from all online stores;
    • Tunecore – click here
    • CD Baby – click here
    • Distrokid – click on the ‘Remove my music from all stores’ button after you click into your product
    • DITTO – go to your release and click on ‘Takedown’ button

How does Playlist pitching work?

When you fill up our form with all information, we will send that across to platforms like Apple, Amazon music, Youtube, Wynk and Saavn. We cannot force them or tell them where to place the songs. If their team likes the music, they will pick it up and place it on an official playlist or offer a playlist cover. Being on an official playlist increases an artist’s streams and helps them get discovered by newer audiences. Please note there are NO guarantees that your song will get picked up. DO NOT believe anyone who claims they can 100% get you placement.

Can I replace my audio or art files after it’s been delivered?

Yes, it is possible to update your files and replace these without setting up a new product. Please use the contact support form in your dashboard and select the ‘Change/Edit Release’ option where you then select to update your audio or artwork. There is a file upload tool in the form to submit the revised files.

Youtube best practices:

You can find more details here: https://lnk.to/youtubetips

Will pitching to Press & Festivals from Groove guarantee a slot?

No. We cannot promise you coverage or a performance slot as this isn’t in our hands. We hope to just make it easier for artists to get their details across to prominent festivals & media that we are in touch with. We hope this opens new doors for you and you do get picked up.