SoundCloud, a leading platform for artists to showcase their music, had a lot of talk around why music monetization for artists wasn’t taking off. This was a major problem for the streaming service that needed to be fixed and thankfully has.
With new updates, musicians now have the ability to easily put their music online and stream for people to hear and monetize from it, which is a common goal in many musicians. What tools has SoundCloud opened up for music monetization and how can you take the most advantage of all of this?
When you first start off with SoundCloud you have a choice of tiers to sign up for:
- Pro Unlimited
Although you can monetize through the type of subscription tier plus advertisement, it was not too long ago, SoundCloud had to invite you in order to monetize off your streams. However, now as artists you can monetize streams from beatstars.com.
There are two types of accounts that you can use for music monetization:
- Free – which is best if you are just starting out
- Premium – if you have experience with marketing this is a great choice and you keep all your profits from selling music
Once your account is all set up, head over to SoundCloud to sync your accounts:
- Account > social connect to sync your SoundCloud profile.
- Distribution > SoundCloud to start submitting your tracks for the service.
Your songs will be reviewed and distributed over the next few days.
You will want to make sure that you are getting REAL listeners and if you are having a hard time, make sure to start getting involved with promotional work or a PR team so your music can be heard and you can start growing.