Stay in control.
Keep 100% ownership of your masters.
“Funding from beatBread is a great way for me to bet on myself.”
195,000 monthly listeners
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beatBread is not a distributor, marketing company, or a label. We are a platform that provides funding for musicians, while allowing them to choose their partners and keep 100% ownership.
|beatBread||Major Labels||Full-service Distributors||Artist Services|
|Benefits to Artist|
|Make advances on catalog||Yes||Yes||Yes||No|
|Make advances on new releases||Yes||Yes||Sometimes||No|
|Give artist flexibility on marketing partners||Yes||No||Yes||No|
|Give artist choice of distribution partners||Yes||No||No||Yes|
|Provides distribution services||No||Yes||Yes||No|
|Provides marketing services||No||Yes||Sometimes||Yes|
|Typical Economic Terms|
|Let artist keep ownership of masters||Yes||No||Yes||Yes|
|Let artist keep merch and physical income||Yes||No||Yes||NA|
|Artist keeps all synch and publishing income||Yes||No||Sometimes||NA|
|Artist keeps all touring income||Yes||No||Yes||NA|
|Length of Term||1-8 years||Forever||1-10 years||1-3 years|
|Typical Royalty to Artist during term||60 to 90%||18-25%||60-85%||NA|
|Artist share of income after term||100%||18-25%||80-90%||100%|
"I love being able to stay independent and fund my own album rollout so I can maintain maximum leverage without selling out my vision"
- Ajani Jones
65,000 monthly listeners
"I love beatBread because they supply me with the funding I need while giving me full control of my music!"
- Emily Vaughn
300,000 monthly listeners
With Beatbread's support, I am putting more energy on my music promotion and creation of new content to share to the world.
30,000 monthly listeners
This is one cool company. Great staff, great premise, and now I have some money in my pocket to put towards my indie career.
- Brendan James
107,350 monthly listeners
There are no “hard lines” that determine exactly which artists can and cannot get funding because there are so many factors that go into our algorithm, but Artists who have released music on major DSPs (Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube, Amazon, QQ) and typically have as little as 10,000 and as many as 10,000,000 monthly listeners are most likely to qualify for funding. Artists who have been within those ranges for more than a few months, and who have more passionate and engaged fans (inside and outside the streaming services) are more likely to qualify as well
Most artists will repay their bB advance right when the term ends, or a few months before. That's how our data science team models the deals we offer. But if your music doesn't generate enough income to repay your advance during the term, we'll collect until you are repaid, and no longer. We won't add any balance to your advance if you are late, and we won't charge any interest or penalties.
We love indie labels and artist service companies. They provide great services that we don’t. If your prospective indie label partner is willing, we can provide funding to you and cut them in on the deal. If they help take your career to the next level, it’s great for the investors that we bring to the table. We are more than happy to work out an advance that helps both you and your partners succeed.
Great question. We don’t want to hold you back. Our standardized contract includes a "buyout" clause that will let you buy out of the rest of the term with those big label bucks. Your buyout price is based on a formula that’s set ahead of time so there’s no doubt or need to play negotiation games. It’s based on how much you’ve repaid, how much revenue you’ve generated in the term, and how much time you have left on your term.
No. We are happy to advance funds against your existing catalog, but many artists will find that the funding amounts we can provide are significantly larger if they plan to release new music in the next 6 to 12 months.
Usually, yes. We will never tell you that you have to work with one and only one distributor. In some cases, we may ask you to move your catalog if your distributor isn’t able to meet our criteria, but we work with most of the leading distributors and DIY platforms. And, if we do have to move your catalog, our staff is skilled, deeply experienced and knowledgeable on the ins and outs of digital distribution, metadata and playlisting.
A large share of your advance will be paid within a week of signing your contract. The remainder will be paid when you release new music, if its covered in the deal. Any "flow through" income you are due before your advance is repaid will be paid within 7 business days after we receive it from your distributor.
Two things determine the size of your advance. First, your data. Your streaming data and a whole lot more data beyond that is used to make an estimate of your future earnings. Second, your advance is driven by the terms you choose. You are in control. You choose if your deal will include some or all of your catalog, and how many unreleased tracks it will include (or if it will include no new tracks at all). You choose how many years you want to share income with our investors. Finally, you choose how much of your streaming income you need to keep during the term, even before your advance is repaid. All those tradeoffs impact the size of your advance, and all of them are up to you.
No, and No. Our advances are structured as a purchase of a limited portion of your revenues for a limited time. They aren't loans and they won't impact your credit.
In many situations, yes. We’ll just need to know what percentage of master income you get from each track and be properly set up with the distribution company handling that track.
beatBread is a platform that provides funding. That's it. We simplify the "money part" of being a professional musician and help artists keep control of their art and their careers. Who you work with for marketing is up to you. We believe in artists, independence, and, most of all, we believe in independent artists.
beatBread is a lucky combination of music business professionals, data scientists, software developers and financial executives. We not only love music, we want the people who create music to have more control, more ownership and more flexibility to make more great music, on their own terms.
No, we don't think so. We took literally BILLIONS of data points on hundreds of thousands of artists and millions of songs to build some really smart algorithms that predict an artist’s future earnings because we think we can make smart bets on artists, we can also offer better terms (higher royalties, faster timeframe to get back to 100% control of revenues) than a traditional label deal.
We are music fans and are always on the lookout for recommendations for our personal playlists, but please don’t bother preparing files for us to listen to. We rely on data to tell us what we can fund and how much we can offer you. We save money that would otherwise go to a huge staff of scouts and music industry insiders and plough those savings into the money we give to artists. If you have awesome music and fewer than 10,000 monthly listeners, we’re probably not right for you, even if we think your music is the most amazing thing we’ve ever heard.
No, if you have been successful on your own, we believe you can continue to do that.
It depends. We may be able to figure out a way to work with your label or distributor. Let’s talk.
We work with any and all genres. Classical, Trap, Waka, Jazz, Christian Pop, Prog Rock, Canadian Country, K-Pop, Hip Hop, Dance, Pop, Assyrian Folk, Latin Rap, Sufi, Deep Trance, Ranchera, Bhajan, Norwegian Death Metal… you name it….we are open to making an advance if the data is right.
Absolutely – just contact us for a new offer on additional releases... You can take your funding in smaller chunks to keep your options open if you like.
We get asked that a lot. "beat" is like beats in music. "bread" is like "dough", money, moolah, bucks, ducats, shekels, benjamins. Money for music...beatBread. See how we did that?
There is a fee of $228 + 2.8% of the total advance to source and administer each advance. This is not an upfront fee you need to pay in order to receive your advance, its repaid out of your future revenues. Also, there is no interest and the amount you owe in your deal will never go up. The fee is simply added on top of your total advance to be recouped throughout your deal.
Short answer: No. You can adjust and choose:
And while we give you flexibility to choose the value of those terms, we don’t negotiate beyond that. The advance amounts presented to you are calculated by a complex data-driven system our team has created to put you in the best position to recoup on schedule with the length of term you select.
While we can't share every last detail of what our investors and algorithm look for, things that will reduce your chance of getting an investment include: