Updated: March 30, 2023
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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. All styles of music from reggae, jazz, country, classical, new age, world to hip hop, rap, R&B, rock, tehno, punk, metal and everything in between are included.
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.
Music Publishers Association of Japan (MPAJ)
Member companies that are interested in being a sub-publisher for foreign music in Japan.
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here to get free or discounted life-time access to these online resources by registering an Artist or Label Account at Top Music Japan.
Digital Distribution in Japan
It is easy to get your music on Apple Music Japan, Spotify Japan, Amazon Japan and YouTube Music Japan yourself using a digital distributor such as CDBaby, TuneCore, ReverbNation, SongCast, etc.
There are also other 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 a PRO Artist Account or Label Account at Top Music Japan.