Social media platform Facebook is making it easier for independent artists and creators to share their music across the company’s different products and get paid.
For the Facebook Independent Artist Program, the company teamed with third-party music distribution companies DistroKid and TuneCore to help artists get their music on Facebook and Instagram quickly and at no cost to the artists. The program covers Facebook and Instagram Stories, Instagram Reels and everywhere else Facebook uses music. More info is at this link.
While Facebook has inked licensing deals with the three major music companies — Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group — along with Merlin, BMG, Kobalt and independent music labels, until now it hasn’t provided an easy way for unaffiliated artists to get their music on Facebook.
Under the program, which officially launched June 16, artists who upload their music to DistroKid and TuneCore will get paid royalties when their music is used in content across Facebook and Instagram products.
“Facebook is proud to make it easier for independent artists and creators to reach new audiences on our platform and build community through music,” Chris Papaleo, music business development manager at Facebook, said in a statement.