UnitedMasters provides premium music distribution services and facilitates unique partnerships between musicians and the world’s biggest brands. Find out why independent artists are switching from The Orchard to UnitedMasters.
In a time with more options than ever to get your music out there, you need a trusted distribution platform to help you maximize your creative and economic potential. More than 1.5 million artists use UnitedMasters to release their music globally- here are six reasons why they choose us over The Orchard.
DISTRO FROM MOBILE
COLLAB WITH BRANDS
GET SYNC DEALS
Sync your music on TV shows, movies, video games, and commercials.
The UnitedMasters app lets you release music and keep track of your earnings, all from your iPhone or Android.
Up your game, reach new fans, and get paid doing it. Land partnerships with brands like ESPN and the NBA.
BUY & SELL BEATS
TRACK YOUR STREAMS
Buy and sell studio-ready beats directly in the app. Find a collaborator for your next hit record.
Get your tracks featured in editorial collections like Music Mondays and BASE:LINE to maximize exposure.
Track your streaming data & payment reports at all times in the UnitedMasters app.
UnitedMasters is a creative collective. When you belong to it as a SELECT artist, you can get invited to special events where you’ll meet collaborators, learn from prominent industry voices, and even perform with music legends.
Earn Your Masters powered by Ally
The Beat Exchange Cook-Up powered by Intel
UnitedMasters’ yearly conference bringing together industry experts, artists, and brands to share insights and forecast trends for how music, technology, industry, and creativity will evolve.
Earn Your Leisure and UnitedMasters teamed up to inspire the culture of tomorrow with an educational experience about money and music at SXSW.
UnitedMasters brought together hand-selected producers to compete in a head to head beat battle to reign supreme in Miami at @thefreehold on December 1, 2022.
A record label in your pocket
Tap into all the tools you need on any device. Sign up now to release songs, apply for Exclusive brand & sync deals, manage payouts, and more.
The Orchard is owned and operated by Sony Music, making it an extension of a major label. To distribute through them, you need to be chosen by the company, which will then take between 15-20% of your earnings as a commission.
WHICH PLATFORM PROVIDES DEDICATED ARTIST SERVICES AND SUPPORT?
When it comes to artist services and support, UnitedMasters PARTNER provides everything you'd expect from a label, plus ownership of your masters. Our curated group of PARTNER artists receive hands-on support from our in-house artist relations team, personalized marketing campaigns, white glove distribution, playlist pitching, hand-picked brand collabs, and more.
Currently, UnitedMasters PARTNER is by invite only. Our in-house artist relations team identifies emerging talent to upstream to PARTNER. UnitedMasters SELECT artists are eligible to be invited, and among the first to be considered.
WHICH DISTRIBUTOR MAKES IT EASIER TO TRACK MY STREAMS?
Unlike The Orchard, UnitedMasters allows you to track your streaming data on-the-go, directly in the mobile app.
WHICH DISTRIBUTOR ALLOWS ARTISTS TO KEEP 100% OF THEIR ROYALTIES?
The Orchard charges artists a 15-20% commission on average to distribute music. With UnitedMasters SELECT, you keep 100% of your royalties.
WHICH PLATFORM IS EASIER TO USE?
UnitedMasters changed the game with the launch of the first ever music distribution app for iOS and Android. Now it's easier than ever to upload music, access streaming analytics, submit for sync deals/playlisting, buy/sell beats and more.
WHICH DISTRIBUTOR IS MORE AFFORDABLE?
Although The Orchard doesn't charge a subscription fee like other independent distributors, the company instead takes a 15-20% commission of artists' earnings, similar to a major label.
WHICH DISTRIBUTOR CAN HELP ME GET PLAYLISTED?
UnitedMasters will help you get your songs on playlists like Apple Music's BASE:LINE, Music Mondays, and more.
DOES THE ORCHARD TAKE A PERCENTAGE OF YOUR ROYALTIES AS A COMMISSON?
With UnitedMasters SELECT, you always keep 100% of your royalties.
That isn't the case with other music distributors like The Orchard, which charges a 15 - 20% commision on all earnings collected on your behalf.
WHICH DISTRIBUTOR IS BEST FOR PROMOTING MY MUSIC?
UnitedMasters offers many promotional tools to help artists master their independence. Partner with the world's hottest brands, submit for exclusive sync licensing opportunities and get playlisted where it matters. Artists can promote their releases with MasterLinks, a central link directing your fans to their preferred music service, on their preferred device, in their preferred app.
HOW DO I SWITCH FROM THE ORCHARD TO UNITEDMASTERS?
To transfer your music from The Orchard to UnitedMasters, you'll want to follow these easy steps:
1. The first step is understanding whether or not you’re under any agreements that prevent you from moving your catalog to UnitedMasters. This is something that you should be able to reference in the distribution agreement you have in place, or you can just reach out to The Orchard to find out.
2. There is no way to transfer accounting, rights ownership or the actual assets in back-end systems. So you will need to prepare your catalog to manually upload it to your UnitedMasters account as a second step.
3. Assuming that you are not under a current agreement, and are free to move your catalog to UnitedMasters, our third recommended step would be to set up your releases as "drafts" into our system.
When transferring your catalog, you want to minimize any lapse in your digital presence. As such, timing your distribution through UnitedMasters in tandem with The Orchard's takedowns is important.
Once you understand the timing, you are ready to distribute your music. Be sure to follow the instructions here to transfer stream counts, set release dates for your drafts, submit your release(s) for approval, and request The Orchard to issue takedowns.
DO I OWN MY MUSIC WITH UNITEDMASTERS?
With UnitedMasters SELECT, you maintain 100% of your royalties and full ownership over your creations.
CAN UNITEDMASTERS GET ME AN ARTIST ADVANCE?
Yes, UnitedMasters gives qualified artists the option to apply for advances through BeatBread. BeatBread is a music platform that provides advances and royalties to independent artists. It's designed to help artists monetize their music and build their careers by giving them access to funding and other industry resources.