Moving Your Label to Cygnus Music

Whilst it may appear that it’s a lot of work to move from one distributor to another, it’s something we’re extremely versed in. Every week labels move over to Cygnus Music and whether a label has ten releases or five hundred releases we can put a simple and personalised plan of action together. Please allow a timeline of 4 to 8 weeks when moving a label.
 

OPTION 1

1. Contact Cygnus Music to express your interest in moving your label/s over. Email us at [email protected]Please include; a link to your full catalogue, who the label is currently distributing with and any reasons motivating the move.

2a. We approve the move and agree a timescale with you. If the label has forthcoming releases we will discuss how these can be managed.

2b. Sign up, Log in, go to distribution, GET STARTED TODAY, and complete the application form. Once accepted, you’ll have full access to our label management system and can schedule new releases whilst we co-ordinate the move.

3. You liaise with your current distributor. Inform them of the timeline and that no content should be removed from stores until you instruct them. They should provide you with your back catalogue and full metadata sheet. Check this metadata carefully.

4. Complete the Cygnus Music Metadata Sheet for label move form.

OPEN FORM HERE and make a copy. Transfer all of the metadata from your label on to this form.

Note the style guidelines and check it carefully.

5. Send us 1 link with your full catalogue and master metadata sheet. Releases should be in folders named by their catalogue number, and contain 16 bit WAVS and cover artwork. Email [email protected].

6. We ingest your labels catalogue in to our LMS. This will take between 1-2 weeks depending on the catalogue size. You will be notified once this has been completed and asked to check over the import.

Please check the import thoroughly.

7. Once signed off we start deliveries. We match your catalogue on Spotify, Apple, Deezer etc to maintain play counts and any playlisted content. We also move over any Beatport & Juno accounts which will require authorisation from your previous distributor. Allow 1-2 weeks for this process. There will be some duplicated content on stores during this time.

8. Once the content is matched your previous distributor can be contacted. You can now tell your previous distributor to remove your catalogue from stores. This will remove the copies of the catalogue your distributed with them, with the Cygnus Music copies remaining.

OPTION 2

1. Contact Cygnus Music to express your interest in moving your label/s over. Email us at [email protected]Please include; a link to your full catalogue, who the label is currently distributing with and any reasons motivating the move.

2a. We approve the move and agree a timescale with you. If the label has forthcoming releases we will discuss how these can be managed.

2b. Sign up, Log in, go to distribution, GET STARTED TODAY, and complete the application form. Once accepted, you’ll have full access to our label management system and can schedule new releases whilst we co-ordinate the move.

3. Upload your back cat to our LMS. Using the exact same files and medadata, create a new release for each release and submit them through to us with any future date. Email [email protected] to request the release is backdated to it’s original date.

4. Once the content is matched your previous distributor can be contacted. You can now tell your previous distributor to remove your catalogue from stores. This will remove the copies of the catalogue your distributed with them, with the Cygnus Music copies remaining.