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How do I get started?
How do I get started?
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Written by Madel
Updated over a week ago

Welcome to Record Union, where your musical journey reaches the global stage. Whether you're a budding artist or an established musician, understanding how to effectively upload and distribute your music is crucial. This article will guide you through the process of getting your music live on Record Union, ensuring you're well-equipped to share your sounds with the world. 🎶

Step 1: Sign up for a Record Union account.

The first step is to sign up for an account on Record Union. Once your account is set up, you're ready to start uploading your music.

Step 2: Upload your music and cover art. Add your release metadata and artists.

Before uploading, ensure your music files are in the correct format. Record Union accepts audio tracks in WAV or FLAC formats. For more details on file formats and conversion methods, please refer to this helpful article.

Your release also needs a compelling cover that adheres to digital store standards. The cover art is often the first impression listeners have of your music, so make sure it represents your tracks well. For more guidance, check out our article on cover art.

Once these files are ready, log into your Record Union account and click on the "New release" button. You'll be guided through a series of steps to upload your tracks. Here, you can also add important metadata such as track titles, artist names, genres, contributors, etc. Accurate metadata is crucial as it helps listeners find your music.

Here are the articles for the metadata guidelines and adding contributors to your tracks.

Please note: There are certain types of content that we do not deliver. Visit this page to learn more about our content guidelines.

Step 3: Submit your release.

Once you've uploaded your tracks, entered all necessary information, and uploaded your artwork, review everything carefully. When you're satisfied, submit your release. Record Union will then review and distribute your music to major streaming platforms and digital music stores worldwide. This process typically takes about 14 days, but with the "Rapid Delivery" add-on, your release can go live as early as 5 days!

Our pricing varies, depending on the number of tracks you upload and the type of package you choose for your release. You may go here for more information.

Step 4: Wait for your royalties!

Once your music is live, you can use Record Union’s dashboard to track streams, downloads, and royalties, which will show up on your account Balance. This data, updated monthly from digital services, offers insights into your audience and helps plan future releases. Here's an article about how sales reporting works.

Additionally, you can claim your artist pages on various platforms where your music is available.

How old do I have to be to use Record Union?

In order to use Record Union as your distributor you will have to be at least 18 years old.

If you're under 18, you need a parent or legal guardian to manage your account. These are the things that need to be managed by your parent or guardian:

  • Agreeing to the terms and conditions

  • Managing payments

  • Managing royalty payouts

Uploading your music to Record Union is a straightforward process that opens up numerous opportunities for artists. By following these steps, you ensure that your music reaches audiences around the globe while maintaining high standards of quality and presentation. Start your journey today and let the world hear your sound!

Remember, if you need any assistance along the way, Record Union’s support team is here to help. Don't hesitate to reach out. Happy releasing! 😊

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