IDC - Independent Distribution Collective

IDC FAQ

What is IDC?

Independent Distribution Collective is a music distribution and marketing company based in San Francisco that offers marketing and promotion, physical and digital distribution, artist development services, and music licensing.

In business for over ten years, IDC has made a name for itself by helping independents to play on the same field as major label artists, without having to adhere to major label budgets. We provide a framework to help indie artists gain a foothold in an industry that increasingly rewards the efforts of those who are willing to build and maintain their own careers, whether they are already successful or still developing.

What does Physical Distribution entail?

For only $225.00 + 40 promotional units, IDC will provide a physical distribution channel AND a national retail marketing campaign promoting your new release to store buyers representing thousands of retail outlets!

IDC has direct relationships with multiple one-stop distributors such as AEC and Baker & Taylor that solicit our catalog to virtually all major U.S. retailers including Amazon, Best Buy, Barnes & Noble, K-Mart, and more. IDC also works with niche distributors such as Fat Beats, UGHH, Ernie B's Reggae, and VP Records. Our distribution scope is not limited to the U.S. alone as IDC releases are marketed to Fontana North in Canada and Code 7 in the UK.

IDC also has direct relationships with approximately 400 independent stores across the country including Rasputin, Amoeba, Waterloo, Independent Records, Music Millennium, Silver Platters, and many more. By joining IDC's catalog your product will be made available to all of these outlets.

What about Marketing and Promotion for my release?

IDCPromo is a service that creates a customized, full-scale marketing campaign to increase awareness and demand for releases from independent artists and labels. IDC tailors marketing campaigns to specifically meet an artist's needs and budget, assembling and managing a team of music industry professionals that will work together to best promote a given project in every possible outlet simultaneously, allowing artists to better capitalize on their release through touring and sales.

IDCPromo campaigns can cover project management, PR/Media campaigns, online/web marketing, radio promotion, and much more to suit the needs of each individual artist.

For more information about IDCPromo campaigns or to discuss the marketing needs of your release, please call (415) 292-7007.

IDCDigital is a division of IDC that offers customized Digital Distribution and Management for labels, artists, filmmakers, and other media content providers. Our services help artists to maximize their exposure and global availability, providing more opportunities for artists to sell and promote their content in an increasingly diverse internet landscape.

There is a $40.00 administration fee to join the IDCDigital catalog. In exchange for a percentage of royalties, IDCDigital will administer distribution, sales, and base-level marketing of your release to hundreds of digital retail platforms. For additional fees these services can all be enhanced.

IDCDigital has strong marketing relationships with top-tier digital music services and distribution outlets including:

iTunes - Beatport - Amazon - GooglePlay - Pandora - Rdio - Spotify - YouTube - AT&T Wireless - Bandcamp - SoundCloud - and many more...

For questions about our digital distribution services please e-mail Jerome Forney, Manager of IDCDigital Operations, at jerome at independentdistro.com

IDCLicensing is an expanding division of IDC that provides independent artists a channel through which their music can be submitted to music supervisors for placement consideration in TV, Film, and Video Games. Music from our catalog has been licensed to Universal Pictures, DreamWorks Animation SKG, Electronic Arts, Oprah, Fuel TV, NBC Universal's Oxygen Network, E! Entertainment, MTV, FOX Sports, and the USA Network.

IDCLicensing's agreement is non-exclusive. There are no up-front fees to have your music included in the catalog and submitted to music supervisors.

Performance Rights Organizations such as ASCAP, BMI, or SESAC. IDC retains only 50% of the synchronization and master use fees from content placed by IDCLicensing. IDC does not retain any ownership of copyrights or publishing.

IDCLicensing is always looking for more music in all genres for licensing consideration. To find out more about submission requirements, please send an e-mail to licensing at independentdistro.com.

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