How to distribute a classical music release

How to distribute a classical music release

By 11 April 2018

Classical releases are subject to more specific formatting. Non-public-domain musical works (such as contemporary classical scores) are not subject to the standard classical format.
Find below the most important rules to consider:

Artist Field on a Classical Release
– Performers must be listed as main artists and can include symphonies, orchestras, choirs, conductors, or soloists.
– On track level a detailed artist listing is possible.
– On release level, only the most important roles should be listed (orchestra, choir, conductor, only the most important soloists).
– Composers should not be listed as artists, unless they are in fact performing on the recording.

Composers
– Composers must be listed on track level as contributors.
– Please enter the full composer’s name and don’t use abbreviations.
Feel free to consult http://imslp.org/ to find more details about the correct spelling of composer names.

Album Title of a Classical Release
The album title is preferably formatted like this:
[Last Name of Composer]: [Work Title]

    Example: Chopin: Nocturnes, Op. 9

– Adding the first initial in front of the last name is also acceptable.
Example: F. Chopin: Nocturnes, Op. 9

Track Titles
Here is the standard Classical Format of Track Titles:
[Name of Work] in [Key], [Catalogue Number]: [Movement Number]. [Movement Title]

    Example: Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67: I. Allegro con brio

Here is the Format of Opera Titles:
[Opera Title], [Catalogue Number], [Act]: [“Song”]

    Example: Don Giovanni, K. 527, Act II: “Il mio tesoro intanto”

– Additional track details such as ‘Arr. by X’ should be added in brackets after the title in the title field. Do not enter any details in the version title field.
– Key and catalogue numbers are not always required.
– Please consult http://imslp.org/ to find more information about specific formatting of classical works (incl. composer names, work and movement titles etc.).