Digital distribution company Believe Digital’s subsidiary music distribution platform Zimbalam has launched in India. It allows independent artists to distribute their music on online stores and streaming services such as iTunes, Google Play, YouTube, Spotify, Amazon, Shazam and XBox Live among others.
Artists can sign up on Zimbalam’s website and will be directed to a dashboard which helps them manage their tracks, albums, promotion of their content and also collect royalties. Artists can release a single or an album and can also choose which distribution channel they want their songs pushed on. You can take a look at their distribution partners here.
Believe Digital country manager Vivek Raina told Medianama that the company would also like to sign up artists who show potential on Zimbalam so that they can be promoted on a larger scale by the label.
Zimbalam claims that artists get to keep 90% of the revenues generated by the sales and streams of their releases. The company also mentions that it provides artists with complete access to all reports of their sales, which allows them to keep a track of total sales & streams of their releases, which stores the tracks were sold on or streamed from, and total money earned. Zimbalam’s promotional tools include a music player that can be embedded on any site, and a newsletter creation and management tool to make self-promotion and audience outreach easier.
Artists are charged a one-time fee of $9.99 for releasing a single (1 or 2 tracks) and $19.99 for releasing an album (3 tracks and more). As part of a launch offer, Zimbalam is offering artists the distribution of the first release free.
First launched in France in June 2009, Zimbalam claims that it now supports more than one lakh artists worldwide.
Believe Digital has been busy in India this year and has signed up with Aditya Music, Saregama and Rajshri Entertainment for global distribution of their music content. Raina told Medianama that Believe Digital has signed up with 60 content providers in the country to push their music on various streaming and download platform. It also tied up with Hungama as a service provider which allows independent musicians to distribute music through Hungama’s channel’s.