Artist/Bands

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Below are some of the most frequently asked questions about our artist/band distribution services. If this information does not answer your question, feel free to send us an email and we will be happy to help.

What is Get It On Vinyl?
What does Get It On Vinyl do for me/my band?
Are there any costs to selling through Get It On Vinyl?
How do I apply to sell my music through Get It On Vinyl?
Do you only distribute vinyl?
Do I have to be represented by a label?
What are the qualifications for the music? Does it have to be a certain genre?
How does the whole system work?
What is wholesale price?
How do I determine my wholesale price?
How do I get my music to you?
Does Get It On Vinyl sell to the general public?
How/when will I be paid if my music sells?
Will you accept my back catalog?
Will Get It On Vinyl distribute to iTunes, Spotify and other digital outlets?
Can I still sell my product through my own website?
Can I request my music back?
What happens to abandoned inventory?
Is this deal exclusive?

What is Get It On Vinyl?
Get It On Vinyl is a website dedicated to celebrating physical music and independent record stores. After two years and hundreds of reviews, feature articles, and videos we decided to form a distribution network. Having built relationships with hundreds of independent stores around the country (and world) we set out to create a distribution network that was inclusive, simple to manage, and most importantly, connecting independent record stores to the artists and labels that are dedicated to releasing physical music in a digital dominated marketplace.

What does Get It On Vinyl do for me/my band?
First and foremost, we give opportunities for independent record stores to carry your releases. We believe that independent record stores are the best place to buy music and we want to give artists an opportunity to sell with these record stores. While many other distributors are very selective in the artists they carry, Get It On Vinyl is the opposite and is very inclusive to almost any artists/band producing great music on physical media.

In addition to offering your releases through our catalog, we actively promote new releases through our newsletters, reviews, feature pages, record store play lists, and promotional copies. We also maintain a back catalog of your releases for a period of two years.

Are there any costs to sell my music through Get It On Vinyl?

Nope. Other than the shipping costs to send us your releases there is no cost to the artist/band for accepting, promoting, and distributing your release. We do this all at no cost to you because we love physical music and independent record stores. If items are returned because they went unsold, or arrived at our offices damaged, you will be responsible for the return shipping costs.

How do I apply to sell my music through Get It On Vinyl?
It’s easy. Fill out New Artist Application. This will provide us with some of the basic information we will need. Once that is received, we will email you further instructions and the address to mail your releases.

Do you only distribute vinyl?
For independent bands/artists, we distribute all physical music including CD, cassettes, and of course 12” and 7” vinyl.

Do I have to be represented by a label?
Nope. We think the opportunity to sell your music in independent record stores is something that every musician should have access to. We love working with independent artists and small labels. Both independent artists and labels are promoted equally through our various networks.

What are the qualifications for the music? Does it have to be a certain genre?
ALL genres are accepted. We believe there is a market for all types of music out there so we will never reject a release based on genre. Please bear in mind that these releases are being sold exclusively to independent record stores, so we ask the following qualifications be met for distribution.

  1. The album must be “store ready.” Shrink wrap is required on all CD’s & cassettes. Vinyl records must be either shrink wrapped or in poly sleeve.  A bar code is preferred but not required. Handmade “white label” discs are not accepted. While we admire and appreciate the hand-made element to these releases, stores simply cannot sell them. The only exception is if each cover is unique such as hand painted or silk screened LP covers. If you have a question about whether or not your release is “store ready,” send us an email.
  2. The album must be produced on a professional level. While we dig hearing albums that were set up by recording into a laptop mic, those releases are rather difficult to sell and have a very limited audience. Professional live concert recordings are accepted.

How does the whole system work?

It is our goal to make the entire Get It On Vinyl distribution process as seamless, efficient, and transparent as possible. All releases are sold on a consignment basis to our network of independent record stores.

Here is how the process works from start to finish: Once we receive your New Artist Application, we will email you with instructions on where to send your releases, how many of each release, and how many of each format. In an effort to keep handling and storage fees to a minimum, we usually start with low initial inventories. As a rule, we will ask for three copies of each new release on each format, and if you are submitting a back catalog, 1-3 copies of each release. Once we receive your music, we will enter it into our systems as either “back catalog” or “new release.” The new releases are kept in the category for a period of 90 days past the release date at which time it moves to the back catalog. The back catalog inventory is kept for a maximum period of two years. After that time, any unsold items are returned to the artist. All return shipping costs are the responsibility of the artist.

What is wholesale price?
The wholesale price is the price you want to be paid when your music sells. We know that your manufacturing costs and profit expectations can vary. With that in mind Get It On Vinyl does not recommend your wholesale price. All we ask is that you keep your prices reasonable in order to maximize the selling abilities for the independent record store. Get It On Vinyl will add small handling fee (usually $2-3$) to each order to cover our handling/overhead costs. This cost will be added to the buyers’ price.

How do I determine my wholesale price?
That is a personal decision by each artist/band. Obviously you want to recoup your manufacturing costs and make some profit while keeping your prices reasonable for wholesale customers. There are lots of resources online to help you make this decision. Try searching “determine wholesale costs.”

How do I get my music to you?
Box it up and send it! Full instructions on where and what to send will follow after receiving your New Artist Application.

Does Get It On Vinyl sell to the general public?
No. Our website is 100% committed to serving independent record stores.

How/when will I be paid if my music sells?
One thing that sets us apart from other small distributors is our unsold merchandise return policy with independent record stores. Get It On Vinyl accepts any unsold merchandise (including vinyl) within 60 days of the purchase. This gives more purchasing power and incentive to the record store and allows them to take the risk of ordering more releases. When your music sells, your account is credited and payment is sent to the artist/band within 90 days. You can request a sales report at any time by emailing us. At certain times, payouts may be only a few days apart, in which case the payments may be combined.

Will you accept my back catalog?
Sure will! We think that discovering an artist’s previous work is one of the best parts of the music discovery process. However please keep in mind that we keep minimal copies in the back catalog and may or may not request additional copies when it’s sold, but we usually do.

Will Get It On Vinyl distribute to iTunes, Spotify and other digital outlets?
No. Once again, we are dedicated to serving independent record stores. If you are seeking digital distribution, we recommend contacting our friends at Unable Music Group.

Can I still sell my product through my own website?
Of course. Our agreement is not exclusive and you distribute however and with any company you wish.

Can I request my music back?
Absolutely. At any time during our inventorying of your music, you can request all copies back, no questions asked. Just email us and we can work out the details. Please keep in mind that by doing this, it will be removed from our catalog.

What happens to abandoned inventory?
Any unsold items that have been in the “back catalog” for over two years will need to be returned to the artists/band. At that time we will notify either by phone or email to work out shipping arrangements. All shipping costs for returned merchandise are the responsibility of the artists/band. Any music still in our facility 90 days after return notification will become property of Get It On Vinyl. We don’t want that to happen so just stay in touch with us.

Is this deal exclusive?
No. We believe that an artists should be able to sell their music wherever they want. Different distributors offer artists different options and we want you to have access to everything. At the same time, we do respect the exclusive deals of other distributors. It is the responsibility of the artist/band to notify Get It On Vinyl if the artist has entered into an exclusive deal for the music in our catalog. Upon notification we will remove all the music in questions and return it to the artist/band at their expense.

Did we miss something? Got any more questions? Email us!
Or if you are ready to get going, fill out our New Artist Application