Updated: June 16, 2020
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main Japanese companies involved with distribution, importing, licensing, publishing,
and selling music from foreign indie artists/bands and record labels. Also included
are Japanese cover
letters to include with with your submissions.
The main Japanese companies involved with concert/show/tour planning, management and booking for indie artist and bands. All have experience or specialize in booking foreign indie artists/bands. (Japanese record labels also organize live tours in Japan to promote their own releases.)
Japanese music festivals/showcases/events that accept applications and also invite (book) foreign bands/artists.
Companies that produce/promote concerts and other live music events throughout Japan.
Member companies that are interested in being a sub-publisher for foreign music in Japan.
Other Useful Resources
Click here for Google Translate (useful for quick robot translation of Japanese websites and email).
Click here for info, websites and photos of over 5,800 live houses (music venues) all over Japan.
Click here for info, websites and photos of live houses (music venues) in Tokyo.
Click here for info, websites and photos of live houses (music venues) all over Japan presented by JL.
Digital Distribution in Japan
It is easy to get your music on Apple Music/iTunes Japan, Spotify Japan, Amazon Japan and YouTube Music Japan yourself using a digital distributor such as CDBaby, TuneCore, ReverbNation, SongCast, etc. For most indies, this is enough.
Note that there are also plenty of popular Japanese digital music providers.
If you really want your music distributed to all the main digital music providers in Japan, you can use the services here. See the website or download their PDF package for more info. Get option for free music distribution in Japan when you register an artist account at TopMusic.jp.
Promotion and Advertising in Japan
Click here to create a Japanese web and mobile site (EPK)
Click here for other Japanese music marketing services