Symphonic’s New Plan Gives Indie Artists ‘Perfect Starting Point’

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The subscription plan provides “the perfect starting point,” Tamsanqa Ngxeketo, Symphonic Distribution’s Africa Territory Manager, told Music In Africa. The tier will cost a flat fee of $19.99 per year and features options for unlimited releases, split payments, playlist tracking, and third-party preferred playlist opportunities through the recently acquired streaming promotions. Symphonic – a platform that aims to build visibility for artists and labels by increasing exposure and spins on music streaming services.

“The new Symphonic Starter DIY plan will give emerging artists access to our world-class technology and real-time analytics. Why? Not everyone qualifies for our partner program, which is why this platform was created,” the company said.

“It’s the perfect starting point for budding independent artists and producers who are just beginning their journey. It’s meant to help them grow with access to big-league tools at an affordable price. With Starter, they will keep 100% of their royalties and benefit from in-depth analytics and access to a plethora of tools they won’t find anywhere else. We hope this service will bring a new standard to an industry known for controlling access and will provide the tools that we believe are so important for all artists, regardless of their level of success.

Another strong selling point of the tier is that it will include “the industry’s first robust TikTok analysis,” Symphonic said.

Digital music distributors are increasingly introducing plans that offer artists unlimited releases at a fixed annual cost. In June, global digital music distributor TuneCore unveiled a number of new pricing plans aimed at artists at all stages of their music career.

Symphonic launched in Africa and Latin America in 2021. At the time, the company said it had entered into key partnerships focusing on African genres like Afrobeats, gqom and gospel.

Artists who have distributed their music and videos through Symphonic include Ozuna, Chris Lake, deadmau5, Stick Figure, Daddy Yankee, CloZee, Yung Joc, Waka Flocka Flame, Laura Marano, Emily Vaughn, Black Thought, and The Movement.

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