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 submit music for playlist consideration, it must be unreleased and submitted 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 process newly delivered content before it goes live. If your content was delivered within 5 business days of the release date, you may not see it live until a few days afterwards.
If your content was delivered more than 5 business days before the release date, it’s best to reach out to your distributor to confirm the release dates and territory rights are correct. If there’s a technical issue, your distributor will reach out to us.
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.
We need at least 2 business days 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 to confirm the release dates and territory rights are correct. If there’s a technical issue, your distributor will reach out to us.
Canvas is an 8-second visual loop that can be added to any of your tracks to appear in the Now Playing View, in place of your album artwork. You can prepare them for upcoming releases, too.
For more information, check out canvas.spotify.com.
Canvas Content Policy
Canvas is a tool for creative expression to connect with fans. To ensure the best experience for listeners, Canvas shouldn't be used for promotional purposes. As such, there are some limitations on the types of content that may be used as a Canvas.
Legally compliant. Make your Canvas your own. Be sure you have the correct permissions if you use media that isn't your own.
Appropriate for Spotify. This means the Canvas should not be hateful, abusive, pornographic, threatening, or obscene.
Promotional Content. Please follow these guidelines when creating your Canvas:
- Any text used in your Canvas must be relevant to the track. Don't use text that could be interpreted as promotional, such as 'Available Now', 'Coming Soon', or 'Follow me'.
- URLs and third-party logos are prohibited (including Spotify's).
- Don't reference dates that aren't directly tied to the contents of the track. This includes release, tour, or promotional dates or times.
If you violate our policies, the Canvas will be removed. Multiple violations may result in suspension from using Canvas. Please see our prohibited content policies for more information.
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.
You can also check out this video for more context.
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.
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!
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.
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:
- On the Spotify desktop app, go to your artist profile.
- 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.
- If the play counts match, the tracks have linked.
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.
- 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.
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.
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.