To get your music on Spotify, you need to work with a distributor, or with a record label who already has a distributor. They handle all the licensing and distribution, and pay your streaming royalties.

If you don't currently have a distributor, check out the provider directory to see preferred and recommended distributors that meet our standards for providing quality metadata and protecting against infringement.

Each service is unique, so be sure to do a little homework before picking one. Most charge a fee or commission.

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Note: If you want to pitch music to our playlist editors, it must be unreleased and pitched early. It’s best to pick a distributor that allows you to set a release date at least a week in advance.

Once your music is delivered to Spotify, you can claim your profile on Spotify for Artists. If your release isn’t yet live, you’ll need your URI link to claim.

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.

We need at least 5 business days to guarantee to process new music before it goes live. If you delivered your music within 5 business days of the release date, you may not see it live until a few days afterwards.

If you delivered your music more than 5 business days before the release date, it’s best to reach out to your distributor.

I’m a distributor

Tip: If any terms in here are unfamiliar, refer to the Spotify Service Level Guidelines. For info about metadata quality, refer to the Spotify Metadata Style Guide.

There are some things to check in Spotify’s Catalog Manager. If you don’t have access, reach out to Spotify's Content Operations Ingestion team.

Note: If you can’t see the release in the Catalog Manager, make sure the XML is valid by checking it against the XSD. Then redeliver the content as an insert with full assets.

  • Check the TRACKS tab.
    If any music icons are grayed out, there’s a transcoding issue. Make sure the audio’s up to spec, then redeliver with full assets. For more info, check out the File Format section of the Spotify Onboarding Guidelines.

  • Check the LIVE DATES tab.
    Under ACTIVE, make sure the release date/time is showing correctly, the start date has passed, and the end date says unlimited (or is in the future).

    If you see an end date or don’t see any dates, check the same info shows in both ACTIVE and DELIVERED tabs. If the info’s the same, the track-level rights weren’t delivered. Send an update including territorial rights for all tracks on the release.

Once the info shows correctly in the Catalog Manager, your music should be live on Spotify within 5 business days. If your music still isn’t live, reach out to Spotify's Content Operations Ingestion Team.

If your music’s on a different artist profile, or if another artist’s music is on your profile, there are a few ways to get it fixed.

Contact your distributor

If you deliver music through one of our preferred distributors, you can contact them to fix your music:

Our preferred distributors use best practices to reduce metadata problems. They also let you deliver music with a specified artist ID which helps prevent your music getting mixed up in the future.

Report the problem in Spotify for Artists

If you have access to Spotify for Artists, fill in this quick form and we’ll fix your music for you.

Don’t have access to Spotify for Artists?

Contact the Spotify for Artists support team and let us know there’s music on the wrong artist profile. Once your music’s in the right place, we can help you get access to Spotify for Artists.

Tip: In Spotify for Artists, you can catch errors before they’re visible to listeners. Check out your upcoming releases in the Music section. If you notice an incorrect release, or don’t see a release you’re expecting, get in touch with us.

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.

We need at least 2 business days to guarantee to process all updates and takedowns. If you’re still not seeing it after this time, it’s best to reach out to your distributor.

I’m a distributor

Tip: If any terms in here are unfamiliar, refer to the Spotify Service Level Guidelines.

There are some things to check in Spotify’s Catalog Manager. If you don’t have access, reach out to Spotify's Content Operations Ingestion team.

If you don’t see the update in the Catalog Manager:

  • Check the XML is valid.
  • Make sure the track structure hasn’t been altered.
    Note: You can’t change the track structure after the content’s been ingested into our system. If you want to change the structure, you need to redeliver under a new primary ID (e.g. UPC, EAN, etc.)
  • Make sure the correct Primary ID is being used.
  • All track and audio info needs to be properly referenced in the update.
  • For audio updates: Make sure the audio’s up to spec, and make sure the audio’s included in the update
  • For image updates: It may be a transcoding issue. Make sure the art’s up to spec, then redeliver with full assets, including new source files.

Once the info shows correctly in the Catalog Manager, your update should take effect within 2 business days. If it doesn’t, reach out to Spotify's Content Operations Ingestion team.

When you take a release down, it might still be accessible with a direct link. The tracks will be grayed-out and unplayable. Some tracks may remain playable if there’s another version still live in that territory.

Tip: Each version of a track has a unique Spotify URI. Check which version you’re looking at by comparing URIs. To get the URI:

  1. Open the desktop app,
  2. Search the title of the release, or find it directly on the artist page.
  3. Right-click and select Share.
  4. Click Copy Spotify URI.

We need at least 2 business days to guarantee to process all updates and takedowns. If you still see it after this time, it’s best to reach out to your distributor.

I’m a distributor

Tip: If any terms in here are unfamiliar, refer to the Spotify Service Level Guidelines.

There are some things to check in Spotify’s Catalog Manager. If you don’t have access, reach out to Spotify's Content Operations Ingestion team.

Check the LIVE DATES tab.
Under ACTIVE, check the END date. An unlimited date means the takedown wasn't ingested by Spotify. Check the XML and send the takedown again.

When we receive your takedown, the music should be removed within 2 business days. If it isn’t, reach out to Spotify's Content Operations Ingestion team.

Canvas is an 8-second visual loop that replaces your album artwork in the Now Playing view. You can add to any of your tracks, and even prepare them for upcoming releases.

Before you begin:
Read our Canvas content policy. For help creating a Canvas, check out Canvas best practices.

  • You need Editor or Admin access in Spotify for Artists.
  • You need to be either:
    • The first main artist listed on the track.
    • A main artist listed on both the track and release.

On the web:

  1. Log in to artists.spotify.com.
  2. Go to Music.
  3. Click a track.
  4. Click ADD CANVAS.

On the mobile app:

  1. Open the Spotify for Artists app.
  2. Go to the Music tab.
  3. Tap a song.
  4. Tap CREATE CANVAS.

Canvas specs

Your Canvas must be:

  • Vertical 9:16 ratio
  • At least 720px tall
  • 3-8 seconds long
  • An MP4 or JPG file

Heads up: We have some limits on the types of content you can use as a Canvas.

Legally compliant
Make your Canvas your own. Make sure you have the correct permissions if you use media that isn't your own.

Appropriate for Spotify
The Canvas shouldn’t be hateful, abusive, pornographic, threatening, or obscene.

Promotional content
Canvas is a place for you to enhance and add to your artistic message, and shouldn't be used to sell anything or be overly promotional. Please follow these guidelines when creating your Canvas:

  • Keep listeners in Spotify. Avoid directing people to any websites or URLs, ticket vendors, and encouraging follows or likes on social media.
  • Any text must be relevant to the specific track and not distract from your underlying image/artwork. It shouldn't promote other songs or unrelated albums, social media accounts, brands (including use of Spotify’s logo), products, discounted deals, fan experiences or encourage fans to take part in contests or sweepstakes. Any text should support the image or artwork you choose, which should always remain the primary focus of the Canvas surface.

Spotify reserves the right to remove Canvases that misuse the surface for overly promotional purposes.

Make the most of your Canvas.

  • Choose footage without talking, singing, or rapping. The clips are only 3-8 seconds long, so won’t sync with the lyrics.
  • Avoid rapid video cuts or intense flashing graphics. They may overwhelm the viewer.
  • Phone screen size is important. Anything outside the “safe area” may be partially obstructed, or not show at all on some phones.
  • Consider excluding your song and artist name. It already shows in the Now Playing view in the Spotify app.
  • Try to tell a full story. You only have 8 seconds, but trimmed down music videos and incomplete stories can leave fans expecting more.
  • Pick the right type of loop:
    • Continuous Loop has a satisfying seamless loop.
    • Hard Cut has clear edit points (they can be artfully disguised).
    • Rebound plays your clip forwards, then reverses it (an easy way to get a smooth loop).
  • Create a theme. Connect your Canvas identity to your album art, profile picture, header image, or even playlists. You could even create a narrative across an entire release.
  • Keep it updated. You can change your Canvas over time to tell a current story, explore different visions, or just to keep things interesting.

Check out some examples at canvas.spotify.com.

Need help creating a Canvas?

Connect with designers through SoundBetter.

Here are some things that affect whether Canvas shows or not:

  • You can add or edit Canvas on the versions of the song where you own the rights.
    • There may be multiple versions on Spotify (e.g. different versions across different regions, or explicit and clean versions).
  • Canvas doesn’t show on the Spotify desktop or tablet app.
  • Canvas works on these phones:
    • iPhone: iOS 12 or above.
    • Android: Version 6.0, 7.0, or 8.0 or above.
  • If Data Saver is switched on in the app settings, Canvas doesn’t play.
  • Canvas can be turned off in the Playback section of the app settings.
  • Canvas isn’t available to listeners in these countries:
    • Algeria, Bahrain, Belarus, Egypt, India, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Moldova, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates.

What type of royalties does Spotify pay?

Music on Spotify earns two kinds of royalties:

  • Recording royalties: The money owed to rightsholders for recordings streamed on Spotify, which is paid to artists through the licensor that delivered the music, typically their record label or distributor.
  • Publishing royalties: The money owed to songwriter(s) or owner(s) of a composition. These payments are issued to publishers, collecting societies, and mechanical agencies based on the territory of usage.

When a song gets played on Spotify, the rightsholders receive royalties for it, whether it’s played by a Premium or ad-supported customer.

How are royalties calculated and processed?

We distribute the net revenue from Premium subscription fees and ads to rightsholders. To calculate net revenue, we subtract the money we collect but don’t get to keep. This includes payments for things like taxes, credit card processing fees, and billing, along with some other things like sales commissions. From there, the rightsholder’s share of net revenue is determined by streamshare.

We calculate streamshare by tallying the total number of streams in a given month and determining what proportion of those streams were people listening to music owned or controlled by a particular rightsholder.

Contrary to what you might have heard, Spotify does not pay artist royalties according to a per-play or per-stream rate; the royalty payments that artists receive might vary according to differences in how their music is streamed or the agreements they have with labels or distributors.

How do artists get paid?

In many cases, royalty payments happen once a month, but exactly when and how much artists get paid depends on their agreements with their record label or distributor. Once we pay rightsholders according to their streamshare, the labels and distributors (collection societies and publishers, in the case of songwriters) pay artists according to their individual agreements. Spotify has no knowledge of the agreements that artists sign with their labels, so we can’t answer why a rightsholder’s payment comes to a particular amount in a particular month.

Need more help?

For info more specific to you, or if you have an issue with your recording royalties, we suggest talking to your label or distributor since they handle the licensing and distribution of your music, and are the ones who administer your royalties.

If you have questions about publishing royalties, you can reach out to your publisher, performing rights organization, or collecting society.

Make sure your images meet these requirements:

  • Accepted formats (in order of preference): TIFF, PNG, or JPEG. Note: The format should also use lossless encoding.
  • Highest resolution available.
  • At least 640px width or height.
  • 1:1 aspect ratio for cover art.
  • Do not upscale images.
  • To guarantee ingestion, all images should be encoded with an sRGB color space with 24 bits per pixel and color profiles applied directly.

Note: Embedded color profiles and orientation metadata are not supported.

Note: Lyrics only show in select markets in South-East Asia and Latin America. We’re gradually rolling out lyrics in India.

Musixmatch provides the lyrics available in these markets. To add or change lyrics, you need to be a verified artist on Musixmatch.

Are you a publisher?

Join Musixmatch for Publishers.

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!

Head to the Spotify app on iOS, Android, or desktop and view a song's credits. If the track’s linked to a songwriter page, you can click the songwriter’s name to go to their page.

Note: We're testing songwriter pages with a small, diverse group of publishers and songwriters, so not all songwriter names are clickable at this time.

If your label handles music distribution, you can 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, reach out to the data ‘source’ (listed at the bottom of each credit) to have them update.

If you uploaded your music via an aggregator, you may need to re-upload your album to make the correction. You can reach out to your aggregator for help with that.

Will I lose the play counts?

You can remove and reupload releases without losing your plays through an automatic process called track linking. Just ensure the audio and metadata of the old and new versions is identical, including the duration, title, and artist name.

You can check if tracks have successfully linked with these steps:

  1. On the Spotify desktop app, go to your artist profile.
  2. Hover over a song’s popularity bar (the lines next to the song duration) to see the play count.
    Tip: If you don't see this, increase the app window's width.
  3. If the play counts match, the tracks have linked.

Labels can release compilation albums on Spotify.

During licensing, the releasing label may not secure streaming rights for some tracks, but those tracks can appear to be included on the Spotify compilation. This is because Spotify automatically links tracks to replace an unavailable track with an identical version that has the streaming rights. To the user, the track will appear to play from the compilation as normal. But in our backend, royalties are attributed to the rights holder instead of the compilation releasing label.

If a compilation includes tracks from 4 or more artists, its product level artist should be “Various Artists”. The compilation will then show in the ‘Appears On’ section of the individual artist profiles.

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.

If you’re a label/distributor that has a direct license with Spotify, or you are a member of the Merlin Network, you can use the Spotify catalogue manager (aka Scatman) to view the status of your content in Spotify's backend systems.

Scatman shows:

  • The status of your content
  • Start/end dates and territory rights
  • Artist level metadata
  • Your artist/album/track Spotify URIs pre-release

If you have a direct license or are a member of the Merlin Network and don’t yet have access to Scatman, contact your Content Operations account manager.

There are a few reasons why some tracks might not be visible on Spotify. We recommend reaching out to your distributor as they’ll have more info.

I’m a distributor

Tip: If any terms in here are unfamiliar, refer to the Spotify Service Level Guidelines.

Make sure the track-level rights were included in the XML. If they weren’t, send an update with the track-level rights included.

Check the TRACKS tab in Spotify’s Catalog Manager.
Note: If you don’t have access, reach out to Spotify's Content Operations Ingestion team.

If any music icons are grayed out, there’s a transcoding issue. Make sure the audio’s up to spec, then redeliver with full assets. There’s more info on audio at How does Spotify process my audio files?.

Once the info shows correctly in the Catalog Manager, your update should take effect within 2 business days. If it doesn’t, reach out to Spotify's Content Operations Ingestion team.

We don't offer the ability to pre-save music before it's released.

Some distributors and labels have developed their own tools using our API to allow fans to pre-save music before its release date.

Reach out to your distributor to see if they have any tools available.

If you have developer resources, you can create your own tool. Check out developer.spotify.com for help with Spotify APIs.

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.

Infringing Content

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.

Illegal Content

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.

Hate Content

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.

There are a few reasons why music might be removed from Spotify. If you haven’t requested your music be taken down, we recommend reaching out to your distributor as they’ll have more info.

I’m a distributor

Tip: If any terms in here are unfamiliar, refer to the Spotify Service Level Guidelines.

There are some things to check in Spotify’s Catalog Manager. If you don’t have access, reach out to Spotify's Content Operations Ingestion team.

Have you sent a takedown request?
If we receive a takedown request, the content will be removed from Spotify.

  • Check the DELIVERIES tab in the Catalog Manager to view the most recent XML and see if a takedown, Delete, or End Date was delivered.
  • Check the most recent XML update to see if it includes 'delete', or has updated restrictions.

If you sent a takedown, send an update reinstating track-level rights to make the release available.

Have you sent the track-level rights?
Check the LIVE DATES tab. If the dates in ACTIVE and DELIVERED are the same, it’s likely we never received the rights. Send an update reinstating track-level rights to make the release available.

Once you reinstate track-level rights, the music should be live within 2 business days. If it isn’t, or this doesn’t help, reach out to Spotify's Content Operations Ingestion team.

To remove your music from Spotify, you need to contact your label or distributor and ask them to issue a takedown request.

If you’re unable to contact your label or distributor, you can make a claim to have your music removed through our infringement form.

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