Pandora has several services. One of them is called "Pandora Premium."
We can help get your music into Pandora Premium. But first, some background.
Pandora has three services:
- Pandora (free) - Pandora's ad-supported radio service
- Pandora Plus - Pandora's paid (no ads) radio service
- Pandora Premium - Pandora's paid on-demand service (works like most other streaming services)
When you select "Pandora" on DistroKid's upload form, we send your music to Pandora. Pandora's radio services (#1 and #2 above) are curated by Pandora (info here). Curation means there's no guarantee your music will be selected. But if Pandora likes your music, it'll go live in "Pandora (free)" and "Pandora Plus" and there's nothing else you need to do.
Pandora Premium is a whole different animal. The good news is Pandora Premium accepts pretty much everything. There is no curation. However, there's an additional step you'll have to go through, before your music goes live on Pandora Premium.
What's this additional step?
You have to signup for Music Reports Inc ("MRI").
MRI is a company Pandora partnered with to make sure you get all the money you're owed.
Respect to MRI, but when we tried their signup interface from the perspective of an independent artist, we found it a little (a lot) confusing. So we've written this guide to help you out.
Please note that, aside from this guide, DistroKid is unable to help you fill out this form. Please direct all questions about MRI to them (here).
Visit https://www.musicreports.com/ and click "Get Started"
Click “I CREATE / OWN MUSIC” and then click “Next”
Complete the registration form:
- Company Name: If you are self-published/don’t have a registered publishing company, enter your own name.
- Society: Your performing rights organization (PRO) -- ASCAP, BMI, etc.
- IPI #: Nine-digit identification number assigned to songwriters and publishers by their Performing Rights Organization
- Name: Enter your name
- Role: Are you registering yourself as an artist, admin for another artist, etc.
- Email: Enter your email address
- Phone: Enter your phone number
- Address: Street address, city, state, zip, country
- Captcha > Submit
When you see the following message, you’re all done!
We know it's an extra step, but it's how Pandora Premium works and ultimately is worth it.
Hope this is helpful, thanks for reading!