How do I sign up to AWAL?
Click 'Join Us' in the top right corner of the page and follow the steps to submit your application.
What's the deal?
The AWAL deal is a simple digital distribution license with a 30 day rolling term which means that you can terminate your agreement with us at any time on 30 days’ notice. We take a 15% share of revenues that we collect for you. There are no additional fees for distribution and no upfront or annual fees for uploading or storing your releases with AWAL.
Can I switch to AWAL from another distributor?
It’s a simple and straightforward process to switch to AWAL from another distributor. You will need to ask your current distributor to take your releases down from all the digital services and we make it a seamless process. Once you’ve uploaded your content to us we will check it over for you and get it delivered to all the digital services. You don’t need to change UPCs or ISRCs and if you have a sizeable catalogue we can help you with tools to bulk upload your catalogue into our system.
Is the AWAL service open to record labels as well as artists?
The AWAL service is just as relevant to record labels as it is to artists and we already have thousands of record label clients. When you upload a new release into the AWAL system you can set the label name for the release, and this label identity will be displayed on all of the digital stores and services. If your company operates a number of labels then you can choose which label to associate with each release when you upload it.
What happens if I want to terminate my agreement?
The agreement continues until terminated by either you or us. If you terminate your agreement then we will remove your catalogue from our service within 30 days and take it down from our digital partners’ stores and services. Alternatively you can simply remove certain territories or releases from our service, without terminating your whole agreement.
How do I apply for Kobalt Music Recordings?
AWAL is a part of the Kobalt family, which means for AWAL members that are ready to do more with their music, we make it easy to apply for Kobalt’s label services. Kobalt Music Recordings provides world class label services for a select roster of established and developing artists. Created as an alternative to the traditional record label model, Kobalt Music Recordings maximizes client opportunities and revenues from global digital retail, traditional physical retail, audio and video streaming, synch licensing, D2C and social media services. AWAL is the digital distribution service for Kobalt Music Recordings releases and shares the same technology, digital delivery systems and digital sales teams. AWAL offers select members and labels the opportunity to use Kobalt’s label services team for additional services such as digital marketing, label management, and where appropriate, physical distribution and local marketing plans in international territories. There is therefore no limit to what you can achieve through AWAL, with the help of the AWAL and Kobalt teams. Visit kobaltmusic.com for more information on Kobalt and its services.
How do I submit my music?
Your music is submitted via our client Portal using the AWAL Uploader. You will receive login details via email once we’ve processed your agreement. From there you can log in to the Portal and access the AWAL Uploader to upload and distribute your music.
What are the delivery deadlines and timeframes?
AWAL has “Direct Live” status with iTunes which means that we are able to deliver a release into iTunes and make it live in the store very quickly. We have fast turnarounds with the other music services too. However, in order to make the most of the promotional opportunities for your release, we recommend that your music and data be uploaded to the Portal at least 4 weeks in advance of a release or pre-order date. This includes audio assets, to the correct specifications, as well as full metadata.
What promotion will AWAL provide for my release?
As part the AWAL service we pitch for store promotions, editorial coverage, high profile placement and playlists, and exclusive campaigns across the major worldwide DSPs. Our team works with you to understand your needs and craft retail sales plans. In order to do this we need details of your marketing and promotion plans. To be considered for features we also need adequate lead time – preferably at least 6 weeks.
Which stores will my release appear in?
AWAL supplies all the leading platforms including Spotify, Apple Music/iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, YouTube, Pandora, Deezer and TIDAL.
How do I get my music on Beatport?
Beatport reserve the right to pick the music they make available for sale, and to help them identify which releases they would like to offer they require that each new label applies for inclusion on Beatport via their distributor. An application form is available to begin this process once you’ve signed up with AWAL.
How can I make money from YouTube?
AWAL is a YouTube Certified company and we can help you to get the most from your video strategy. AWAL will protect your rights on YouTube and collect any royalties you are due for the use of your music in user generated content (UGC) on YouTube. We will also deliver your music into the new YouTube “RED” subscription service ensuring that you are paid for streams of your video content on the service. Get in touch with us if you would like to find out how we can help you manage your own YouTube channel. We can help you monetize your videos, limit piracy, and drive views to your music video content.
When will I get paid?
We will pay you monthly, within 45 days of the end of the calendar month.
Where can I see my sales & revenue figures?
When you login to the AWAL client Portal you will be able to see and analyze revenue figures in the Income Analysis section. You can also view real time sales on many stores and services in the Digital Sales Tracker section.
Which audio formats do you accept? Is an MP3 OK?
You should prepare the audio as 16bit / 44.1kHz WAV files. We only accept uncompressed audio files, so no MP3s.
Can AWAL provide a UPC code?
UPC stands for Universal Product Code, it’s essentially a barcode that identifies your release. We assign these automatically (at no charge) if you don’t have your own.
Can AWAL provide an ISRC code?
ISRC stands for International Standard Recording Code. It’s a unique identifier for a recording (different versions such as a Radio Edit and a Live version would have different codes). Again, we assign these automatically (at no charge) once your release has been submitted if the field is left empty.
Do I need permission to include samples of other peoples' music in mine?
Yes, you must obtain written permission from the rightsholder of the track you’re sampling in order to ‘clear’ the sample. Without this, you are infringing their copyright, which is not permissible. If your music contains samples, you must provide proof of the relevant license via email before submitting.
I would like to release a cover version, do I need a license?
You will be responsible for any mechanical payments and other publishing payments. Many digital retailers and services take responsibility for paying songwriters’ mechanicals and other publishing payments to the collection societies and publishers who represent the songwriters but some do not. There are also variations by territory and by type of service. We will advise you on your accounting statements if the songwriters’ mechanicals or any other publishing payments have been paid by the digital retailer or service. If they have not been, then the songwriters’ mechanicals and any other applicable publishing payments are your responsibility and you are obliged to pay the songwriter or their publisher. Please check your statements.
A more detailed FAQ is available to clients within the AWAL Portal. Our Client Support team is also available to help clients plan their releases and answer your queries. If your question has not been answered in this FAQ then email us with your query.