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Japan Music Marketing Resources for Indie Artists, Bands, Managers, Record Labels

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Updated: March 2024

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Record Labels/Licensors

The 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.

Tour Planning/Booking

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.)

Music Festivals/Showcases/Events

Japanese music festivals/showcases/events that accept applications and also invite (book) foreign bands/artists.

Concert Producers/Promoters

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.

Other Useful Resources

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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.

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