state51 is a 21st century music company – music, creativity and technology are at the heart of everything we do.
Over the past 20 years we’ve worked with some of the most critically acclaimed independent music in the world.
We managed the catalogues of the most influential, successful and well respected independent labels and helped countless unsigned artists release their first albums.
This page gives an overview of what we do.
There are two deals we can offer labels and artists looking for reliable digital distribution.
Our labels and artist partners retain 100% of their rights. We simply license the right to distribute their music. We do not charge any upfront or recurring service fees.
The Collective Deal
Non-exclusive digital distribution to the world’s digital music services.
This deal suits labels and artists of all sizes who are looking for a quick and efficient distribution and royalty reporting solution.
We pass back 91% of all revenue received on this deal with free unlimited ISRCs and barcodes, and no other fees.
We offer reliable and on-time delivery to any digital music service with whom we work, including specialist, genre specific stores if your music is relevant.
We pay each month direct to your bank account with full and transparent reporting.
We can also set up a free online store so you can sell your music and merchandise directly. You can see more about this, our Greedbag service, below.
The Conspiracy Deal
This exclusive, invitation-only deal puts the full weight of the state51 team behind your music.
It’s designed for labels and artists who are actively promoting their music and would benefit from help developing pre-release strategies.
We return 80% of all revenue received on this deal.
We work closely with editorial teams at digital music services and will pitch your music for placement and promotion.
We’ll work with you to promote on social media and advise you on best practice.
We can provide access to professional Adobe graphics software and recommend trusted PR teams and other industry professionals if you need more support.
If you’re interested in working with us on the Conspiracy deal, email us with information about your label, your upcoming releases and any press or promo you have planned.
Greedbag – Direct to Fan E-commerce
Greedbag was one of the UK’s first e-commerce systems specifically designed for the sale of music. It is built on ground-breaking technology by people who care about music.
Check out some of our stores below:
What can Greedbag do?
The Greedbag service is free to set up and makes it easy for labels, managers and artists to sell music and merchandise and build mailing lists.
Greedbag gives you full control over your online store. It can be customised to suit your existing website. You can sell all types of products including:
- CD and Vinyl
- Downloads (MP3, AAC & lossless)
Items can be sold in all sorts of combinations: physical and digital, bundles and download triggers and you can offer free items through the mailing list.
Greedbag is chart registered, meaning sales will count towards your chart placing.
Greedbag Fulfilment and Customer Service
If you want us to look after your stock, we can store it, pack it and ship it out from our warehouse in London – as well as deal with all customer queries quickly and efficiently, so you can focus on running your label.
Many people forget that customer service is a big job when setting up their own online stores.
Our highly skilled and friendly team handle customer queries for many stores around the world by phone, email or instant message – usually within a few hours.
That means we deal with problems such as damages and returns, changes of address, exchanges, order cancellations, special deliveries or just making sure records arrive in time for a partner’s birthday.
￼This is your store
￼Greedbag is easily customised, by you or with help from The state51 Conspiracy team, to fit the look and feel of your label and existing website.￼￼
It’s HTML ready and fully CSS customisable.
You can embed videos, widgets and social networking plugins allowing rich content in product pages, adding to the user experience.
All major credit and debit cards as well as PayPal are supported through the easy-to-use and secure checkout system.
￼Greedbag and Fanbase Development
The value of a well managed mailing list cannot be overstated.
Greedbag offers a user-friendly mailout service enabling direct communication and marketing to fans.
We pass back 85% of revenue from sales through your store.
If we are managing your fulfilment we charge £1 per order shipped from our warehouse – whether that’s one record, or six records, a CD and a label tea towel, still £1.
Warehousing is free and we don’t charge for stock outs or anything else.
Send us an email if you’d like more information or to get set up with your own store.
We deal directly with stores around the world and can quickly make your releases available on Amazon.
We don’t want to send out your releases to sit in storage, so we’ll sell on firm sale wherever possible.
This is a real partnership, but when managed properly we can place your releases in shops all over the world.
We’ll pass back 80% of the revenue we receive from stores, with no extra charges for storage or posting.
If we are fulfilling orders for your Greedbag store and have the stock in our warehouse, we can also do your physical distribution.
state51 Record Label
We’ve developed a deal which we think is fair, artist friendly and forward thinking – without resorting to old industry practices and opaque contractual terms.
If you’d like us to listen to your music, contact us.
Publishing administration is a hugely important part of any record label. Unfortunately, it can also be one of the most complex. We can take care of it for you.
We’ve also developed a non exclusive sync deal. If we’re working with you for digital distribution, we can pitch your music for placement in TV, films and games.
We’ll work with you on the terms of whichever deal you’re signed to us with, that means if we’re successful in pitching for a placement, we’ll pass back either 91% or 80% of the fee. It’s a non exclusive agreement, and can be used in conjunction with another publishing company if you have one.