To make sure everything on Spotify is properly licensed, we require all music to be delivered by a distributor. We have deals with most distributors, so if you already work with one just ask them to put your music on Spotify.
If you don’t currently have a distributor, we have deals in place with companies who can deliver your music to us and collect royalties for you.
These services handle the licensing and distribution of your music and also pay you royalties when your fans stream your music on Spotify. There’s usually a small fee or percentage cut involved. Each service is unique, so be sure to do a little homework before picking one.
SPOTIFY PREFERRED ARTIST DISTRIBUTORS
OTHER PREFERRED ARTIST DISTRIBUTORS
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.
If there’s something wrong with your artist name, release title, artist role, or artwork - or if your music is appearing on the wrong profile - you need to reach out to your label or distributor. We’ll then work with them to get it fixed.
Note: We can’t change your artist name, release title, artist role, or release artwork manually. We receive the info via metadata delivered to us by your label or distributor and are only able to display it in the way it’s presented to 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.
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.
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.