A&R 101: Tracy Williamson – The Meaning of a Distribution Deal

When I started in the Gospel Music Industry 14 yrs ago, there were very few “Artist” Distribution deals available. It’s a New Day! This week, Artists, let’s look at the meaning of a Distribution deal and if it’s the perfect fit for you.

  •     Artists, before signing a Distribution deal, review the functions of a Record Label, you will need this info.
  •     From my experience, some artists desire distribution deals to maintain creative and financial control over their project. Is this You?
  •     Now there is nothing wrong with the benefits of maintaining control, just make sure you have a TEAM to push your “Project” forward.
  •     So, what is a Distribution deal? When a Distributor or Record Label gains the right to sell your product to stores and other retailers.
  •     There are many types of distribution deals and if this is your goal, please “build” and “brand” your project before presenting.
  •     This week let’s take a trip to the library or internet and find the difference between a Licensing and Distribution deal.
  •     I’m not against” “artist” distribution deals, I am an Advocate of True Artist Development. If this is ignored, the deal won’t matter.
  •     Don’t give up on Record Company Deals, there are great ones out here, do your research, keep developing and of course PRAY!!




Tracy Y. Wiliamson served as Marketing, A&R and Label Director for Tyscot Records. She has also been featured on WGN TV’s People to People, TBN, The Word Network, MTV, Chicago Public Radio and in Ebony Magazine as one of the Top 30 Leaders of the Future.

As a songwriter and producer, Tracy has produced for DeAndre Patterson, The Rance Allen Group, Rodnie Bryant and Bishop Leonard Scott, and has written for Shirley Murdock, The Rance Allen Group, The Chicago Mass Choir, DeAndre Patterson and Rodnie Bryant.

In 2007, Tracy launched TRE7 Entertainment, a premier A&R, Marketing and Promotions Company. TRE7, specializes in developing and propelling Gospel music.  TRE7 also provides the essential tools for the driven and aspiring artist.  Tracy can also be seen monthly on Youtube encouraging the body to Walk into their Destiny.

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