Content on Spotify is delivered either by a record label or a distributor. If you’re signed to a label, they’ll take care of getting your music to Spotify. If you’re independent, you’ll have to arrange distribution yourself—or join the upload beta in Spotify for Artists.
If you don’t currently work with a distributor, Spotify works with companies who can handle the licensing and distribution of your music and pay you the royalties you earn when listeners stream your music on Spotify. There’s usually a fee or a commission involved, but each service is unique, so be sure to do a little homework before picking one that’s right for your needs. We’ve defined a set of standards for distributors, and we’re able to recommend the following list of companies who have demonstrated their ability to work well with both artists and Spotify.
SPOTIFY PREFERRED ARTIST DISTRIBUTORS
These distributors meet our highest standards for providing quality metadata and protecting against infringement. These providers offer instant access to Spotify for Artists for all of their users.
RECOMMENDED ARTIST DISTRIBUTORS
These distributors meet our basic standards for providing quality metadata and protecting against infringement. They also offer instant access to Spotify for Artists for all of their users.
RECOMMENDED LABEL DISTRIBUTORS
RECOMMENDED DELIVERY PLATFORMS
Our investment in any provider does not affect who is featured on this page, nor does it affect any decisions about how content is treated on Spotify's service.
We've also developed an upload tool within Spotify for Artists, now available in limited beta to US based independent artists. Read more on our blog!
If you’re a label that already works with an aggregator, they’ll get your music on Spotify for you.
If you don’t work with an aggregator, we have deals in place with a number of companies who can deliver your artists’ music to us and collect royalties for you.
We suggest using one of these label aggregators:
These services handle the licensing and distribution of your artists’ music and also pay you royalties when fans stream your artists’ music on Spotify. There’s usually a small fee or percentage cut involved. Each service is unique, so be sure to do some homework before picking one.
To make corrections to your music, please reach out your label or distributor. They just need to submit a metadata update to us with the correct information.
We’re unable to make these changes manually since we display music according to the metadata delivered to us by your label or distributor. This includes:
- Artist name
- Release titles and artwork
- Live date and release date
- Track order
- Territorial availability
- Whether the track contains explicit lyrics
- Whether you’re a main artist, featured artist, or remixer
- Songwriter/producer credits
Once we receive the updated info from your label or distributor, the changes will be reflected on our side as soon as possible.
If your music ends up on a different artist profile, or if another artist’s music appears on your profile, we can get that fixed for you quickly. You have two options for addressing these errors—either reach out to your distributor or label and follow their instructions, or contact the Spotify for Artists support team and let us know that there’s music on the wrong artist profile. We’ll follow up quickly to get the details we need to correct the error.
You can report mismatched content if you see it live on Spotify, but we recently made it easier for you to catch these errors before they’re visible to listeners: you can see upcoming releases within your Catalog in Spotify for Artists. If you notice an incorrect release there—or you don’t see a release that you were expecting—you can follow the same steps as above.
We’re working with distributors and labels to implement solutions that improve the accuracy of our catalog. There are millions of artists on Spotify delivering over 20,000 tracks per day, so it’s likely that there are artists out there with the same or similar names. We recommend using a distributor that enables you to deliver music with a specified artist ID so it's added to the right artist page and there is no guesswork. We've highlighted preferred distributors who are using best practices to reduce metadata problems.
If you didn’t add your music to Spotify, it’s likely your label or distributor did. For any issues, please reach out to them directly.
If your label or distributor did not add your music, nor do you believe it should be on Spotify, you can make a claim to have it removed through our infringement form.
Songwriter and producer credits are powered by the metadata provided to us by your label/distributor, so are displayed as delivered to us.
If your song’s credits are incorrect, reach out to your label or distributor to get them updated. Once the metadata is redelivered to us, we’ll work on getting those credits live ASAP - typically within a week.
If your song doesn’t have credits, it means we didn’t receive that information from your label or distributor. We recommend reaching out to them to get it updated.
Once the metadata is redelivered to us, we’ll work on getting those credits live ASAP - typically within a week.
Note: Some aggregators don’t yet have support for credits, but we’re working to improve the process to make it easier for you to get your credits onto Spotify. Stay tuned!
If your label handles music distribution, please work with them to make an update to the metadata through the normal release process. If you’re not the artist that distributed the music, please reach out to the data ‘source’ (listed at the bottom of each credit) to have them update.
If you uploaded your music yourself via an aggregator, you may need to re-upload your album to make the correction. Please reach out to your aggregator for assistance in doing so. We know that some aggregators don’t yet have support for credits, which is why we’re working to improve the process in the future to make it easier to get your credits onto Spotify.
With Canvas, you can add a fullscreen, 3-8 second moving visual layer to your tracks that loops in the Now Playing view of the app.
Right now, we’re testing this feature with a small, diverse group of artists and using their feedback to improve before we expand availability. We’ll be rolling out this feature to more artists and labels over time, so stayed tuned to our blog for updates.
Spotify has metadata guidelines for how performer, producer, and songwriter names should be submitted so they appear correctly on the service. We recommend working with your licensor to ensure your music is uploaded to Spotify correctly.
Spotify is an open platform for artistic expression. We believe in everyone’s right to share their voice. So generally, all creators and content are welcome on Spotify. However, in the scenarios outlined below, content may be removed or filtered from Spotify.
We protect creators’ intellectual property so they can be fairly compensated for their work. Any content that is provided to Spotify without rightsholder permission may be removed. The same is true for content that infringes upon the trademarks of others. If you use samples in your music, make sure they are cleared with the owner first. If you believe your copyright is being infringed on, notify us here.
We require content providers to comply with applicable laws and regulations, including those governing content administered by the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) and the German Bundesprüfstelle für jugendgefährdende Medien (“BPjM”). Any content in violation of local laws may be removed, and we may withhold related payments if that content is subject to sanctions.
We want to make sure that people can hear music as it was created and without “bleeps”. However we also want listeners to have an experience free of explicit content if they so choose. Therefore, we require content providers to tag any content that has explicit or adult material as explicit when they deliver the music. If users do not want to hear explicit content, they will have the choice to filter it from their experience.
Hate content is content that expressly and principally promotes, advocates, or incites hatred or violence against a group or individual based on characteristics, including, race, religion, gender identity, sex, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, veteran status, or disability. We do not permit hate content on Spotify. When we are alerted to content that violates this standard, we will remove it from the platform. If you believe a piece of content violates our hate content policy, complete the form here and we will carefully review it against our policy. We are also continuing to develop and implement content monitoring technology which identifies content on our service that has been flagged as hate content on specific international registers.
Repeated violations of our prohibited content policies can result in losing access to the Spotify platform.