Today the United Kingdom triggers the Lisbon Treaty Article 50 mechanism to leave the European Union. On a personal level staying in the European Union seemed the only sensible way forwards for both business and protecting our human rights. The campaign on both sides for the referendum was poor, inaccurate and seemed to consist of emotional blackmail messages that quite frankly a waste of time.
The final settlement is unknown and is now subject to 18 months of negotiation by the United Kingdom government and then for the other 27 European Union countries to agree. Ultimately at this stage nobody knows how leaving the European Union will affect us but I’m sure we won’t have the same rights and abilities that we currently enjoy.
Regardless of the results of negotiations, clients can rest assured that Horus Music has for some time been formulating a plan to ensure all our clients have access to all markets and will not in anyway be disadvantaged. Further details will be released as we get closer to leaving the European Union.
Ari Herstand recently wrote a post on Digital Music News that compared 7 different digital distribution companies.
In this post, Ari left out the digital distribution companies that only work with labels, and wanted to include the companies that allow anyone to sign up to their services. While this was a very well balanced and interesting article, we couldn’t help notice a certain distributor that had been left out, despite meeting the above criteria: Horus Music Limited.
Horus Music was incorporated in 2006 by musician Nick Dunn and has since grown to become one of the biggest independent distributors in the UK.
Nick had previously been frustrated by other distributors that were currently in the market place and decided that he could do a better job of it himself and quickly obtained direct contracts with stores with the main aim of providing the best possible service for clients.
Here’s a breakdown as to why we think we should be considered when preparing your next release for distribution:
We have been around for 8 years and so we have a proven track record with our clients.
Distribution to over 600 stores around the world including many in local territories that are often ignored, such as Japan, Korea and South America.
We also have a physical distribution package so clients can have their CD/Vinyl available in stores.
No yearly or hidden fees – sign up to your chosen package and then pay nothing further.
No additional fees for sending to other stores and music is automatically sent to new stores as we obtain contracts with them.
Next day reports for iTunes, Deezer, Google Play, Amazon MP3, and Spotify so you are kept informed of the progress of your release.
Distribute an unlimited number of songs with our free distribution package.
Simple to use ‘Client Zone’ for building your release with step-by-step tool-tips.
Easy to contact either via phone or email with 24/7 support available.
Free to add an iTunes booklet or set up a pre-order.
All of our contracts are direct with stores and we do not use middlemen.
Comparison of digital music distribution music companies
On the 30th April, Nikki and Nina headed down to Glaziers Hall in London for the 12th annual Music Connected event, which is run by AIM (Association of Independent Music). In a nutshell, Music Connected is a leading one-day digital music trade fair.
There were 3 main spaces over 2 floors at the event, each with a slightly different focus. The first was the ‘Digital Market Place’ where 16 companies showcased their services and products to rest of the industry attendees and provides a change for businesses to look at how they can help each other. The second was the ‘Conference Zone’ and had a variety of programmes, workshops and presentations covering current issues and topics relating to the music industry. The final space was for informal meetings and networking and was conveniently located next to the bar.
I attended panels discussing the benefits and downfalls of selling products and merchandise directly to the fans through the artists website and even had Chris Batten from Enter Shikari on the panel. This was then followed by a presentation on the ‘Long-term View of Streaming and Its Impact on the Record Label Business Model’. The presentation was given by Karim Fanous from Music Ally and asked what are we selling; how are we marketing what we’re selling; and are we thinking clearly? Using research and lots of graphs, Karim was able to outline Music Ally’s long term view for streaming. Some of the problems outlined were that as a while, the major labels are taking over the streaming platforms and leaving the indie labels struggling to some degree. Part of this problem is the fact that not all of the territories that use steaming are at the same point in the transition process.
It is also worthwhile to remember that Spotify is not the only streaming service available, and despite the fact that KK Box is not the biggest platform in the UK, it is not one that should be ignored.
As a whole, Music Connected was a great event and signalled the beginning of a few busy and exciting weeks for Horus Music. While there, we were even able to catch up with our friends over at the BPI Anti-Piracy Unit as well as make new friends like Audio Salad and psonar.