In sharp contrast to creating digital files, creating physical objects takes time, space and in most cases, money. We believe every artist and record label should have equal access and opportunity to create vinyl records and that is why we made Qrates. By leveraging crowdfunding mechanisms, collapsing the value chain and evolving on demand manufacturing, artists can easily launch their vinyl projects without financial commitments or inventory risks. Our hope is to become a conduit for more artists to create more vinyl for more music fans.
Each record on Qrates has its own unique project page where artists can control and manage how they offer their music to the Qrates community. Whether it be taking pledges for a crowdfunding project or taking pre-orders for a record ready for the presses, artists have direct access to their backers and customers along with the full support of the Qrates team to make each project truly special.
We’re a diverse international team passionate about vinyl spread across 3 continents. Qrates is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan with a branch office in Nantes, France.