Music on Spotify is delivered by either a distributor or a record label working with 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 for our 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.
Easy! Just request access to Spotify for Artists.
Once your request is granted, your artist profile gets the verified check mark and you’ll have access to a dashboard of listening data! You’ll also be able to manage your profile’s images, story, and more.
Your artist profile is your homepage on Spotify. It’s where all of your music and content lives. It’s also where fans can discover more about what’s happening with you—hear your newest releases, dig deeper with one of your playlists, find out where you’re touring, even buy your latest merch.
Spotify for Artists puts you in charge of managing your artist profile. Once you get access, you’re able to update your avatar or header, write your bio, update your image gallery, and make an Artist’s Pick anytime you want, all from one place. If you don’t have access to Spotify for Artists, get access here.
For more info and tips on managing your profile, check out our artist guide.
With Spotify for Artists, you can submit an upcoming, unreleased song for our team to discover and consider for editorial playlists. We'll also add your pitched song to your followers' Release Radar playlists.
Note: It's not currently possible to submit music for playlist consideration in the Spotify for Artists app.
- Log in to Spotify for Artists on desktop.
Tip: Don’t have access to Spotify for Artists? Check out How do I claim my artist profile before my first release?.
- Use either of these ways to find and submit unreleased music:
- At the top of the Home tab, select SUBMIT FROM NEXT RELEASE.
- In the Music tab, under UPCOMING, select SUBMIT A SONG next to the relevant release.
- Choose a song and fill out the info. The more info we get, the better chance it has.
If your song doesn’t get picked right away, it may still be discovered later. Our editors are always looking for the hottest and freshest talent. You can make sure you stay on their radar by building your fanbase and engaging with your audience on Spotify (and beyond - through tours, festivals, and social media).
Some things to keep in mind
- Get your music in early to give our editors a chance to listen.
- Submitting a song doesn’t guarantee a playlist placement, but gives it the best chance.
- You can submit one song per artist profile at a time.
- If a song has both an explicit and clean version, both versions are submitted to our editors. Editors will choose the most appropriate for a playlist.
- You can’t submit compilations.
- You can’t submit if you’re a featured artist on the song.
- Our editors may choose to feature a different song from your release on their playlist.
- There’s no set amount of time a song will stay on the playlist - it depends how well it resonates with listeners. You can’t remove yourself from a playlist.
- Anyone with Admin or Edit access to your profile or release can see and edit the submission.
- It’s totally free to use and external parties can’t influence our editors.
- High production value is one of many important factors for playlist consideration. Connect with professional producers, mixing and mastering engineers, and session musicians on SoundBetter, the world’s leading music production talent marketplace — now part of the Spotify for Artists family.
How will I know if a song gets on a playlist?
We’ll send an email to let you know. You can also check the Playlists tab in Spotify for Artists when your release goes live, and explore detailed stats about it.
Can I edit or change my submission for playlist consideration?
You can make changes or updates to your song submission right up to release day. Bear in mind, there’s no guarantee an editor will see your changes.
Licensors and labels can choose to make a submission label-only which means only they can edit it. For more info, check out Why can't I edit a music submission made by my label?
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.
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