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I wrote and produced some songs that I used in videos (that I also wrote and produced). I now want to distribute them on common outlets, especially Spotify and iTunes Store. Spotify has a list of many distributors and publishers with different clauses (e.g., upfront fee and commission). I want to administer and manager all rights other than the distribution of the assets to the final user; e.g., I don't want the distributor to decide whether these songs appear in commercials or other videos (synchronization license).

I know that recommendations are normally off-topic for StackExchange sites. Where can I ask for recommendations regarding distributors and to learn from other people's experience?

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    I don't think there's anywhere on SE that would cover this. Personally, though, I wouldn't want to do that kind of admin - I'm a muso [writer, engineer, producer, yada yada], not a publisher. I have never in 40 years wanted to do my own admin. My partner used to work in publishing - from majors, through indies, to MTV. The two industries are not even vaguely related, even though they deal in the same 'product'. Asset distribution is something no artist or publisher needs to get involved in - PRS, MCPS etc [depending on territory] deal with all that.
    – Tetsujin
    Sep 15 at 17:01
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    I suppose [though idk how well this would work in this day & age] if you want to look at how to do this successfully, look into how Duran Duran kept control through licensing deals, rather than 'signing to a record company' like almost everybody else did. Also, for a newer generation, look into Arctic Monkeys, who started out through AWAL in the UK [who I also have used for the past 15 years, so I cannot be impartial]
    – Tetsujin
    Sep 15 at 17:07
  • Thanks @Tetsujin. Indeed, I don't want to handle the licensing deals to Spotify, iTunes, Amazon, etc. Unlike many artists, I am interested in distribution and not maximizing income streams. So I want the songs to reach the final consumer only, and require authorization for everything else (commercials, film, or videos, etc). What do you think if I move this discussion to the chat? 2 days ago
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    tbh, the chat room is … a bit quiet. I've about exhausted my knowledge of how it works, though. The only song I have that's really worth proper money, I have no control over whatsoever, but every time someone uses it in a movie, I say "Thank you for the cheque." I'm not proud ;))
    – Tetsujin
    2 days ago
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    This is not on topic here. In fact recommendations are not on topic anywhere on Stack Exchange (with a couple of tiny exceptions)
    – Rory Alsop
    2 days ago