Frequently Asked Questions
While you are certainly free to contact us with any questions you have, here are the most common questions we encounter during our day-to-day operations. If you have any questions or concerns about the process of distributing your music ,
take a look at this FAQ first.
take a look at this FAQ first.
Q: What do we do?
We provide an upload service for both artists and record labels to distribute their music across a variety of platforms. We work with some of the largest retailers available to get your music into digital music stores where the fans are. You can pick the date you want your album to 'drop' and watch it appear online on that specified date. Our service provides our users with the best digital upload and distribution experience available.
Q: What does it cost?
There are four choices:
1: The FREE MODEL allows artists to keep 80% of their royalties.
2: The RESELLER MODEL charges 2 EUR per track for upload upfront (pricing is determined by volume) and artists keep 90% of their royalties.
For example, if you wanted to release multiple tracks your price would be higher than a lesser number. Singles cost less than an EP or Album. For a better idea of individual rates, please see our pricing page.
Q: Why choose us?
Choose us because we have the best customer service in the industry. We provide the best possible experience to our customers, in an effort to establish long term working relationships so that we may resolve any issues for you as they arise. Also choose us because we provide some of the most competitive rates around for both upload and royalties. Choose us because we want the best for you and your music.
Q: What kind of audio files can I submit?
We support .WAV, and .FLAC files at 16 bit, 44.1 Khz, stereo.
We DO NOT support Mp3 files.
Q: When will I find my music on Amazon, iTunes, etc.?
The release date of your music depends on the preferences you set when you uploaded the files. If you have chosen today's date, then you will find your files available as soon as possible. If no date was set we can provide a rough estimate of when you might see your music for sale based on previous results.
With some services turnaround may be as little 48 hours.
We recommend providing at least a 4 week window between your upload date and your desired release date. This provides the services you have chosen ample time to make your music available on their sites. If you set your release date for a week and the service needs 3 weeks to populate, you will not see your music on the desired release date. It is very important to keep this in mind during the process. It's important to note we have had songs visible on partner sites in as little as two weeks after upload. The fewer problems encountered during upload the better.
Q: How much can you expect from a single track sale?
Cosmo Distribution takes 10% (RESELLER distribution model) of the sales revenue on commission. The actual sales revenue per song depends on a variety of factors such as: the individual online music store’s business model, market rate, point of sale, and relative royalties. As a result it is not possible to provide an anticipated lump-sum amount per song.
Q: How does royalty process works?
Royalty process is divided in two parts in order to reflect the reality of the process and its operation:
1.- Upload Royalties
Every 10th of each month, sales reports are updated to the system.
We called this - Estimated Sales -
These estimated sales can be seen in Analitycs tab.
Each channel is displayed in a different color.
Here we show the gross sales reported by a channel.
2.- Sales Confirmation
Whenever we receive a payment from a channel, we confirm a sales report.
We called this - Confirmed Sales -
In this confirmation process, system deducts Taxes and Transactions costs, that have been deducted by channels or banks during the payment process.
Once it has been confirmed a channel sales report, the system redraws the graph taking into account the new values.
Therefore confirmed sales may be lower than initially shown as gross.
Q: Why am I not seeing daily updates?
Partners do not send updates daily. Most often they are received monthly or quarterly. Please be patient and stats will be updated as they are received. Once received the stats will be visible on the website.
Q: When you will receive your first sales reports?
Your sales reports will become available to you within four months of when we get your release. It takes four months because it takes us some time to get the sales reports from every digital service and process the royalties to your Cosmo Distribution account. For instance, if you make your first sales in March, your first royalties will reflect in your account in July. In case you made it in April it will be paid out in August; it goes on in that chronology. After this period of time, you will start to see royalties each month.
Q: How will I get paid?
Payments are made through PayPal or via bank transfer to your bank account (in this case you do not need a PayPal account) for all sales made in online stores. If you do not yet have a PayPal account, please visit: PayPal.com and sign up for a FREE account. NOTE: Payouts to PayPal are currently unavailable (we can payout your balance to your bank account)!
Q: Do I need a PayPal account to sell my music with Cosmo Distribution?
No, you do not need a Paypal account. We can pay your earnings directly to your bank account.
Q: What currency are my payments made in?
Currently all payments are made in Euro. However, since the majority of artists are paid via PayPal it is simple for artists to transfer them into any currency.
Q: Do I keep the rights to my music?
Yes, you retain 100% of the right to your music.
Q: Are you an exclusive or non-exclusive service?
We are a non-exclusive service. It would be in everyone's best interest if you did not distribute your music through multiple services. This would result in multiple versions of your file being made available on those sites. This is something we and the companies we work with would like to avoid. This helps us get back to what's important, which is you and your music.
Q: How can I cancel?
You are welcome to terminate your contract any time you wish. A small removal fee applies (10 € per ringtone or single and 20 € per EP or album ). Once the fee has been paid, your content will be removed from the stores you distributed it to. Your account remains active until the last payment for sales of your music have been issued. After that point your account will be closed and you will still retain all rights to your music.
Q: can I still sell CDs or have my music played on the radio?
Absolutely. Your contract does not prevent you from selling your music in another medium or having it played on the radio. It is your music and you retain the rights to it. This means you can give it away, sell it on your website or whatever you choose. Use of our service in no way limits your ability to profit from your art.
Q: Can labels use this service?
Yes. Labels can use the distribution service, in fact several already do. It is a great way to release new music and manage their digital catalogs. You can set your own label via the metadata so it will be carried along with your music across different digital services. You can also add this to the billing info and have it reflected on your invoices and receipts. Using this service is an excellent way to reduce overhead and get your artist's songs and albums into the world without having to do all the work yourself.
Q: Can I distribute a cover song through Cosmo Distribution?
Yes. If an user uses any music created by another author and/or composer, regardless of how they use it, they will always need a license. This applies even when they do not pretend to generate economic benefits with the "version" or "cover" they have made.
They can obtain a licenses through various online services, such as for example: www.easysonglicensing.com.
In addition of what the law dictates regarding the protection of the rights of 'author', 'artist' and/or 'producer', there are some more reasons of why they should get a license:
- Confidence. As partners in the music industry, we expect a fair and respectful treatment of our image and works, so we should do the same with our partners.
- Reputation. Inadequate and illegal use of works, may not only affect a public image of an artist as such, but also their reputation in the business sector (mainly with distributors and stores).
- Example. Let us be an example of respect for fans and consumers, making a legal use of our work and the works of other colleagues as well.
Distribution of Cover Songs,Remixes, Tribute, Karaoke is not supported with 100% model. For this type of releases, please choose another distribution model.
Cover Songs,Remixes, Tribute, Karaoke, Public Domain and Creative Commons uploads may legally distribute your content worldwide only if:
1. The appropriate licenses are obtained for areas and territories not covered by MCPS or PRS. Distribution areas not covered include the United States, Canada, Mexico, Pakistan, and India. To distribute in these territories requires the appropriate licenses prior to upload or the removal of the territories using the Manage Stores page tool.
2. Appropriate permissions must be obtained from the rights owners in order to use any sample material in your composition.
3. Metadata must conform to the Content Infringement Guidelines.
Cosmo Distribution strictly adheres to legal copyright. We have adopted a 2 strike policy. Failure to comply with the above copyright issues results in a strike. 2 strikes, and your account will be closed permanently.
Q: Can I distribute samples or audio parts of any content belonging another rights owners?
To use (distribute / commercialize) a song containing samples or audio parts of any content belonging another rights owners, it will always be necessary to obtain an authorization.
Besides the permission of the master's owner, a permission of the author or publisher of the original work, will also be needed, since any kind of transformation of the original work, consists on a derivative work and is protected by law.
It is also necessary (in all cases) the corresponding recognition of the moral rights of the author.
Q: Is variable pricing available?
Yes, we do offer variable pricing. Prices vary from the chosen service and the price depends on which options you choose. Different services have different amounts set for their pricing structures.
Q: Where can i find the UPC assigned to my release?
You can view the UPC assigned to your release in the »catalog” section once logged in.
Q: Can I Get Digital Booklets?
Absolutely, digital booklets can be submitted in PDF format when you submit your single, EP or album.
Spotify uses the All Music database to access their bio and artist information. To get included in the All Music database visit their website to find out more about their submission process. New artists' biographies and art are added regularly. Once your information is available to All Music it should show up in Spotify shortly.