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Insight Partners invests in indie music distributor DistroKid

Insight Partners has made a "substantial" investment in DistroKid, a distributor of independent music.

Insight Partners has made a “substantial” investment in DistroKid, a distributor of independent music. The investment puts DistroKid at a valuation of $1.3 billion.


NEW YORK, Aug. 16, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — DistroKid, the world’s leading distributor of independent music, announced today that New York-based global private equity and venture capital firm Insight Partners has made a substantial investment in the company that values the company at $1.3 billion. More than 2 million artists at every level use the tools and services that DistroKid provides. The company estimates that it distributes more than a third of all new music globally, paying artists 100% of their royalties. The investment from Insight Partners is expected to fuel the continued development of DistroKid’s industry-leading suite of tools for musicians.

“My goal since founding DistroKid was to build great things for musicians,” said the company’s founder and CEO, Philip Kaplan. “Our growth has been wild, but the mission hasn’t changed. Most of all, we’re incredibly honored and thankful for every artist who’s chosen DistroKid to be a part of their journey. I’m excited to partner with Insight Partners as we continue building amazing things to help musicians and empower creators worldwide.”

Deven Parekh, Managing Director at Insight Partners, said of the company, “DistroKid is transforming the music industry with its laser focus on innovation, including the latest technology and engineering expertise. By providing developing artists with the same opportunities as superstars, DistroKid stands out in an industry traditionally known for being hard to break through. DistroKid has already become a household name among musicians of all levels and we’re thrilled to partner with the company as it continues its rapid growth.”

Silversmith Capital Partners, a Boston based growth equity firm that led the company’s first outside investment in 2018, will retain a meaningful ownership position and representation on DistroKid’s board going forward.

About DistroKid
Founded in 2013, DistroKid distributes 30-40% of all new music in the world. They have built their business on providing musicians, managers and record labels with online tools and services that are innovative, easy-to-use, and affordable. More than 2 million artists rely on DistroKid, including hobbyists, up-and-coming musicians, top influencers, and international stars. DistroKid’s expanding array of services include music distribution, monetization, metadata customization, storage, and promotion. DistroKid’s skilled staff, coupled with a largely automated backend, has enabled DistroKid to process more than 25 million songs, while simultaneously providing fast, personal & friendly customer service to artists of every size.