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Using SoundCloud as a Nigerian Creator

SoundCloud offers Nigerian artists the unique opportunity to upload their music and connect with fans, both new and old, all on the same platform. With SoundCloud’s #SoundCloudNG campaign underway, we want Nigerian artists to take full advantage of everything SoundCloud’s Next Pro features have to offer.

 

Learn more about the search for the next artists in Nigeria here.

 

Get Heard

Grow your audience with unlimited uploads, unlimited distribution, and our one of a kind First Fans.

 

Unlimited Uploads

Upload as much music as you want and share it with your fellow Nigerian creators or send private tracks to collaborators to get feedback before your next release.

Whether it’s for your eyes only or ready for the world, you’ll never run out of space with Next Pro. Schedule your releases by setting your private tracks to go public on a specific date. You can also replace your tracks audio at any time without losing play counts or likes.

Your track’s quality is important: take advantage of 3 free mastering credits each month. Powered by Dolby, you can make sure all of your tracks are release ready with no additional cost. 

 

Unlimited distribution

Use SoundCloud for Artists to distribute your tracks everywhere, including platforms like Boomplay and Ayoba (Simfy Africa), along with Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube Music and others. It’s all included in your Next Pro subscription and there’s no upsells to use YouTube Content ID or to customize your releases with things like a custom label name.

 

First Fans

A one of a kind opportunity to get your music in front of people who we think will love it. First Fans taps into our existing autoplay algorithm to recommend your newly uploaded tracks to listeners who are likely to enjoy them. We help people find your music from Nigeria and from around the world: if someone is an active listener on SoundCloud and we think they’ll like your music, we’ll make sure to show it to them.

 

Get Fans

We’re the only streaming platform that offers artists direct access to your fans, making it easier than ever to find and engage with fans. 

 

Insights to engage with your top fans

What could be more important than engaging with fans? Using our Fans tool, you can build connections and get insights to plan promotions, releases and tours. See who’s engaging most and message them a private link to an upcoming track. Find fans specifically in Nigeria, so if you’re playing an upcoming show, you can let them know first.

Use your Insights to figure out what’s resonating with your fans and find trends to keep growing. See all of your comments in one place and reply – the more you engage, the more your fans will.

 

Promote your music when it drops

Pitch your release to select partners including SoundCloud Radio on SiriusXM. As a Next Pro subscriber, you can take advantage of exclusive partner discounts on tools like Feature.fm’s smart links. Share audio snippets or links directly to your music on Instagram or TikTok with just a few clicks.

 

Get Paid

Monetize your music

Monetizing directly on SoundCloud means taking advantage of Fan Powered Royalties. Fan Powered Royalties are a more equitable and transparent way for independent artists who monetize directly with SoundCloud to get paid. The more fans that listen to your music, the more you get paid. When you monetize on SoundCloud, you keep 100% of your royalties. 

SoundCloud currently generates revenue either via advertising or listener subscriptions in territories including: United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Germany, Austria, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland. We may add or remove territories from time to time.

Although we don't generate revenue from plays in Nigeria, it's still important to cultivate your fanbase with those fans in your area and to use all of the tools within SoundCloud to make sure you're heard around the world, including monetizable territories.

 

Split your earnings

Send your earnings to your collaborators directly. No need to manage all the math yourself. As long as someone has a SoundCloud account, you can set up a percentage of your earnings to go directly to them.

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