DistroKid has expanded its partnership with Amazon’s livestreaming platform Twitch. The new deal makes DistroKid-allied artists' music available to other creators on Twitch. Next to opening up Twitch's Affiliate Program to artists who have shown a level of dedication and success in music, allowing those who qualify to further build a community and earn income on the livestreaming platform.
DistroKid already had a partnership with Twitch, being one of a small number of music companies that is providing music to the livestreaming service’s Soundtrack By Twitch music library. Announcing the latest tie-up, the distributor’s founder Philip Kaplan wrote in a blog post:
“Live streaming on Twitch is a great way to connect with fans, express yourself creatively, and generate income. We’re excited to bring this opportunity to DistroKid members. We hope you love it”.
Due to wider licensing issues Twitch is currently having in the music domain, the livestreaming platform has been pushing their Soundtrack library to gamers and creators on its platform that want to use music in their streams but don’t want to risk getting takedown notices issued against their content by a record company or music publisher. The Distrokid partnership seems like a smart way to circumvent those issuers by offering music by independent artist like those on Distrokid.