Musicinfo Get Started Guide

Welcome to Musicinfo! Here you will find information and links about how to distribute and promote your music to China

Welcome to Musicinfo, Why Choose us

We specialize in distribution to China with 20+ services and now offer sync opportunity to China, as well as global distribution to 70+ servies including YouTube content ID.

Unlike anyone else in the industry we specialize in the Chinese music market providing you with a unique opportunity to distribute and promote your digital music in Mainland China, and giving you the possibility to reach potentially massive new audiences,

China is now the 5th biggest global music market, unique in its rise due to the strengthening of services and copyright safety holding nearly one quarter of the world's digital population 

We can distribute your music if you have already distributed your music to Tencent (TME: QQ Music, Kuwo, and Kugou) and/or Netease. Many distributors distribute now to one or both of these streaming services in China. We offer 20+ services in China from which you can collect royalties, if you distribute with us and you may continue to use your current distributor to get your music to TME and/or Netease.

Search For Your Music In China

With the exception of TME and/or Netease, please ensure that your music is NOT already distributed to China with another distributor. You may check from here if you are unsure if it is already available in China. If you do find your music has already been distributed in China please contact us to learn about your options. In many cases it is possible to use our extensive services to distribute your music because most other services distribute only to TME or Netease. We have many customers who distribute their music with another distributor to the rest of the world except China by opting out of the territory of China in their other distribution service. 

It may also be the case that if you are unaware that your music has already been distributed to China we may assist in helping you to claim your copyrights. In any case we are more than able to promote your music in China with social media posts, video sharing and playlisting.

Music sampling and cover songs

If you have sampled music in your releases or are releasing cover songs please be ready to provide licenses for your content. 

How to sign up

New Customers

As a new customer you will not yet have an account or a password for the Web Store. Only in the act of making a purchase will a Web Store account be created, At the time of purchase you wiil be asked to create a password for the web store. It will be needed to make more purchases in the future if you so choose. 

After purchase you will receive an invoice and a confirmation email with access to the Distribution Platform which will require a different password than the one that you created in your first Web Store purchase. The password for the Distribution Platform will be given to you in the confirmation email after the purchase. Your username for the Distribution Platform will be the same email you used for your Web Store purchase, but the password will be different.

China is Unique

China is unique because it has been a closed country and therefore resistant to outside influence. Now that it is accessible, new music and culture is flooding the populations of new ears. The audiences in China are hungry for new sounds and are in the process of identifying with the pop cultures and influences from abroad.This means that your music has an new audience waiting eagerly to follow.

You can see from the 2023 Engaging With Music report from the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry ifpi.

china ifpi engaging with music

ifpi Engaging With Music 2023

Get Access Where There is No Access

To work around these restrictions, our company has created an intuitive and legally compliant music distribution platform which can help you distribute your music to 20+ music service providers in Mainland China.

Artists who would like to have more influence on their presence in China can also promote their music with social media posts, video and playlists. Please be aware that, Facebook, Youtube, Vimeo, Spotify, Deezer, Pandora, Tidal, Google Play etc. and most other Western social media and streaming platforms are not available in China.

By using our distribution platform, you can create your release by uploading your sound file, art work, copyright information and lyrics and all metadata, we will provide ISRC and UPC codes if you don't already have them. You can also user our promotional services and create your promotional posts with your artist bio, picture and links for Chinese video platforms, social media and playlists.

Distribution Plans

You can find the Distribution Plans from the distribution page.

To get started, select and purchase a distribution plan that fits the number of releases* you have or you want to distribute from a choice of the following 4:

– Star Distribution - 1 release
– Bronze Distribution - 3 releases
– Gold Distribution - up to 10 releases
– Platinum Distribution - up to 100 releases

*1 release = 1 song / 1 album / 1 EP

Distribution plans star bronze gold platinum

Your Musical Real Estate in China - Reports

Its a whole new world, and an investment for your musical presence for the long run. We let everyone know upfront because in our fast pace world people expect results NOW:

Your music is live typically in 3-5 weeks, this is not without exception as it can occur in system updates that a certain album may be delayed. But also in the possibility to fast track your music when highlighting exceptional new releases to the streaming services can make the release live sooner. 

Royalties are calculated 4 times a year (every 3 months) with a 6 month sorting period, so your first report comes 6-9 months after your music is published. You keep 85% Royalties.

All music will be sent to all music services, but if there is no usage or streams then it will not be shown on the statistics report. No yearly fees!

Your Global Distribution - Reports

You will receive reports from our global distribution every quarter, so 4 times a year. You will be able to download detailed reports from your Distribution Platform.

Your Cart

Once the product is added to the cart you would go to the check out:

Musicinfo cart

And then check out. Remember to use your CODE here to apply the free offer or discount! Check the home page to see our most current campaign.

Musicinfo check out

At this point you would add your invoicing details to make the purchase. Once the purchase is made you will receive 3 email letters:

  1. Welcome letter to Musicinfo with your password to sign into the webstore: where you can check your account and purchases.

  2. An invoice for your purchase (user guide included),

  3. A letter with a link and 2nd password to the distribution platform: 

The Distribution Platform

Distribution platform login

After login you will be prompted to reset your password and update your profile information to proceed.

Distribution platform front

How To Upload

Here is the detailed Distribution Platform Maual for uploading music and all metadata requirements.

Technical requirements, metadata, copyright information needed to upload your music.                           

For the best user experience, you must use the distribution platform on your laptop or computer and NOT on your mobile device (phones/tablets). We also recommend using the Chrome browser for the distribution platform. The distribution platform does not support emojis.

What happens after you upload your music to our platform?

We distribute your music to all of our services from which you will collect royalties. It typically takes 5 weeks for the music to go live from the time of publishing on the distribution platform. We send your music to be available to all our servivecs however the selection and airing of your music is at the sole discretion of these providers. Most of the music we send them is usually selected and aired due to the demand and interest in Western music. You will collect royalties when your music is aired on these services. You will receive reports of all the usage of your music. In the case that your music is not aired on a serivice there will be nothing to report.

We check that all the data is correct and that the music has not been duplicated across music services. We then send the metadata with the music files to China where it is checked in relation to legal copyright before it is distributed to the music providers. This requires manual work and may considerably affect the duration of the sorting and distribution process.

The statistics are calculated on a quarterly basis, so 4 times a year. Data is collected at the end of each term at which time the sorting and reporting period begins. In China the sorting and reporting period takes 6 months due to the manual processing and the vast amount of data collected from all of the DSPs, this means that from the time your music is live, it will take between 6 to 9 months for you to receive your first report and royalties. After your first report, you will receive consecutive reports every 3 months.

We are not notified when your music is live in China, therefore it is best that you check the streamig services in China typically around 5 weeks from the date you publish your music from the distribution platform.

How do I get paid for my music streams?

Musicinfo pays artists 85% or agreed percentace per contract of ALL their royalties for the streams their music gets on the Chinese streaming sites we work with. We do not pay your publishing via performing rights organizations such as BMI, ASCAP, PRS or SOCAN, etc, from China; We pay you the account holder directly all royalties collected from the usage of the music collected from China. The first streaming reports and statistics will appear on your account dashboard within the distribution platform after 6-9 months from the time your music went live and was streamed in China and about 3 months from our global distribution DSPs. When you receive your report you will send us a request to withdraw your accumulated royalties, we will send you instructions for you to send us an invoice for the requested amount. How to Withdraw My Royalties. You will be paid within a few days.

How do I promote my music in China?

Once your music has reached China, it's a good idea to promote it. Musicinfo offers artists 4 promotion services to help artists gain visibility and get their music to more listeners and increase their number of plays. You can check out our promotional services.

We can also make playlist inquiries for add your chosen track to lists with a typical following of over 1 million followers; Playlist inquiry costs 125€ and is payable upon playlist placement. 

We work with the Chinese Social Media apps, Weibo, WeChat and Tencent as well as QQ VideosYouku, UC Toutiao, Xigua, Kuaishou, Douyin and BiliBili.

In Mainland China, Western social media and video platforms are blocked. You can find a list of all apps and websites that are blocked in mainland China.

If you are located in countries such as China, U.S.A., Canada, Brazil, Malaysia, Australia, Japan, Korea, Singapore, England, France, Russia, India, Thailand, Germany, Italy, Spain, Indonesia, Cambodia, Myanmar, Brunei, Philippines, Vietnam, Laos you will be able to create a personal Weibo account for free.

Weibo is is a Chinese microblogging website. You can find a tutorial on how to create a Weibo account.

As a Musicinfo customer you also gain the benefits of our affiliate partners please take a look here:

You will get exclusive information once you become a member of Musicinfo.

Phone Contact

Please call +358 50 472 8512 on WhatsApp. 

Support and Links

If you have any other questions please feel free to get in contact with us at:

Phone +358 50 472 8512  and on WhatsApp. 

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If you have a youtube channel please send us a message and we will follow you! 

For more information about us, the Chinese music market, and current trends please browse our blog page:

For more information about the upload process, file and image specifications please look at the FAQ page.

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