Offbeat Records are mutantspace arts skills exchange members and a new type of Music Label for a new generation of musicians free from the exploitation of the old system. Artists are now able to manage their own career path, utilising music industry services provided by independent agencies whilst able to access global distribution fo their music, impossible before the internet.
Established in 2006 Offbeat Records is a distribution label that grew out of a need within Cork city, Ireland.
Originally intended as a vehicle for world music combo SUMU it was the work of a couple of years to secure a comprehensive worldwide electronic distribution network that now covers all major retail outlets and most af the smaller ones for download music. Offbeat Records now distributes all types of music, World and Acoustic, Electronica & Dub, Rock, Indie and Other! We mostly distribute the completed recordings of independent artists, we therefore supply this as a service, for which we charge 20% of net return.
Artists are then avail of several advantages compared with the old system
The Artist still owns the Recordings
The Artist does not owe the Label any money
The Artist can work with who they like
The Artist is free to manage their own career path
The Artist is free to change distributer for new works if they are dissatisfied
When we distribute your music:
We protect the recording, registering with MCPS and PPI, allocating ISRC codes (to digitally track airplay and download sales) and UPC Bar codes (for tracking all sales).
We upload music to the worlds leading download servers – iTunes, eMusic, mp3.com, Napster etc. (complete list here)
We upload singles to DownloadMusic.ie – the optimum independent choice for getting into the Irish Chart.
We provide an mp3 player that can be embedded into your homepage / myspace for direct sales.
We arrange online CD sales though your website, through our site, and through Amazon and CDBaby.
To grease the wheels of the process we also provide several ancilliary services:
Offbeat Records has recently acquired a rather nice rehearsal/recording space in Cork City which can be hired at a very competetive rate. We provide an artwork, packaging and graphic design service which is charged at an hourly rate. We supply consultation on copyright law and we have our own publishing division OFFBEAT PUBLISHING to register artists with IMRO and RAAP for recoupment of live and recorded music royalties. A standard 15% rate applies for the basic service, and an artist development package is in the pipeline to promote music TV & Film producers.
If you are interested in any of these services or simply want more information please contact
or call 086 378 3185
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