I’d never heard of metadata but I have released an album through Tunecore before, been told what the cut was to Tunecore (on a par with all the other companies out there like CD Baby) and accepted it.
Metadata for those non-techy people like me out there, is all the information which needs to be input when you put an album out for digital distribution. For pop music it’s
1) name of artist
2) name of song
3) name of album.
But for classical music of course it’s way more complicated:
2) Work title
3) movement number
5) Opus number
you get the idea.
If people search for any of these online, you need them to be easily found and for this you need the metadata correctly input.
Up until now, companies who specialise in classical releases have to hire people to manually input this data (really?! I know!) and this of course adds loads of man hours and cost to the project, hence classical music seeing on average 35% of the royalties going to the distributor rather than 20%.
Dart Music have built a system where this info is input automatically - don’t ask me how - these guys are unbelievable in their field and you’d do far better to ask them directly, but the outcome is that for a one off fee of $40 a year per album they’ll distribute it for you with 100% of the royalties coming back to you.
So if you plan on selling anything more than about 10 CDs a year, we think this is a total bargain!
Check them out at https://dartmusic.com/ next time you want to distribute an album.