Everything You Need to Know About How Spotify Pays Rightsholders

Today, we’re excited to premiere four new videos designed to help you understand the nuts and bolts of royalties, copyright, how Spotify pays rightsholders, and the difference between our free and premium tiers.

When we launched the Game Plan earlier this year, the concept was super simple: we asked artists and their teams all over the world what their burning questions were, and then we set about to answer them. Since we launched in May, we’ve been able to cover questions about how to get your music on Spotify, how to pitch your music to our playlist editors, and even how to think about building out your team.

Some of the most pressing questions we heard from you were about how Spotify pays out rightsholders. We don’t blame anyone for being confused—whenever you’re talking about rights and royalties, things can get confusing real quick.

With that in mind, we put together a handful of videos to help break it down for you, and we’ve enlisted the help of some of our favorite artists, like Sheryl Crow, Matt and Kim, and Rén with the Mane, along with a bunch of Spotify staffers, to explain these complex topics. Once you understand the basics of royalties, copyright, and the Spotify ecosystem, you’ll be in much better shape to start putting together your own strategy for success.

Good luck out there!



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