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How to get your music published on TikTok in 5 easy steps

TikTok is currently taking the world by storm.

With the popular video sharing app, which was originally called Musical.ly, users can post short videos with music.

This viral combo of easy-to-turn dances and hit songs has turned the platform into one of the most fun social media apps for young music fans.

TikTok is probably best known for helping Lil Nas X's mega hit "Old Town Road" take over the world.

What you may not know is that just like Spotify and Apple Music, you can make money from your music on TikTok.

The viral potential of the platform means that a hit video can garner loads of views extremely quickly.

That said, TikTok is a great opportunity to grow your audience and make money from your music.

In this article, I'll show you everything you need to know to get your music out on TikTok.

1. Choose an online distributor

Let's start with the basics. You can't just upload a song from your hard drive to TikTok, you have to officially add it to the app's library with the help of an online distributor.

Your distributor will help you manage the rights to your music and make sure you get paid to stream.

There are an extremely large number of distributors, but they are not all created equal. TikTok is a new platform and not all distributors have it in their catalog.

So we've put together the ultimate guide to digital sales.

There is a lot to learn in this area, but if you want to publish your music on TikTok, LANDR distribution is the simplest solution with the best price-performance ratio.

Hot tip: TikTok is not the only rapidly growing platform that you can access thanks to LANDR. LANDR now also sells to Boomplay, one of the most important streaming services in Africa.

2. Create a release

The next step is to create a release in your release account.

There you will find all the important details that determine how your music appears online.

Streaming platforms must meet strict standards to ensure that the quality of their catalog is consistent.

Streaming platforms must meet strict standards to ensure that the quality of their catalog is consistent.

To be accepted, you must submit detailed information, high quality album art, and correct release details.

This additional information about your release is called metadata. They are the ones who will link your tracks to you when they are released and make sure you get paid for your streams.

Metadata make it clear that you are the author and owner of your work, which brings us to the next point ...

3. Obtain licenses for (or avoid) copyrighted material

If you use copyrighted material that you don't have permission or license for, it will nip your track in the bud.

You won't be accepted by any streaming platform - not even TikTok.

Copyrighted material is any element in a track that is not your own creation.

The most common type of copyrighted material is samples. If you are using audio from a track that does not belong to you, you will need to obtain permission from the owner.

In many cases, it is highly unlikely that you will get permission - especially if the sample is from a famous song.

The simplest solution to ensure that your song doesn't get stuck here is to only use license-free samples from marketplaces such as LANDR Samples.

This way you own all the elements of the track, even if you are using existing sounds.

Hot tip: However, it is possible to record and publish a cover of an existing song. Cover songs require a special license for distribution, but LANDR can help you here too. If you want to publish a cover song on TikTok, check out our guide on how to post cover songs.

4. Make sure you have selected TikTok

At LANDR, TikTok is included in the sales package.

That means you don't have to do anything else to get your music published on TikTok. Simply tick the box next to "TikTok" to activate distribution to TikTok.

If you have already released releases with the distribution of LANDR, these are already covered. All existing releases are automatically sent to TikTok, unless you object.

And that's it. Getting your music out on TikTok is super easy with the right distributor.

Getting your music out on TikTok is super easy with the right distributor.

5. Look at your stats

Once your music is available on TikTok, anyone can use it in his or her videos.

When you've come this far, you're probably wondering how you get paid for your plays. This is how it works:

TikTok is about music, but the app is not a streaming service. You don't make your money from streaming, but whenever the video in which someone is using your music is viewed.

But you don't have to sit still in the corner and wait for someone to find your song and use it in a video to expand the reach of your music on TikTok. The platform is also a great place to promote your music.

Create a profile for your music project and create your own content on the platform. Here are the most important key points:

  • Personalize your avatar, write a biography and link your social media profiles
  • Keep the videos short (maximum 20 seconds, 10-17 is ideal)
  • Be authentic and avoid glossy videos
  • The videos should be recorded upright so that the full screen mode is optimized
  • Interact with videos that you like
  • Network with other users using the duet function

The next viral track?

The way fans listen to music is changing faster than ever before. It's easy to see why TikTok has become an important part of the streaming landscape, especially for a younger audience.

Now that you know how to get your music out on TikTok, you can get back to your music and write the next viral hit!