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.

Note: If you want to submit music for playlist consideration, it must be unreleased. We therefore recommend picking a distributor that allows you to select a release date at least a week in the future. That way, you can ensure your music is delivered to us ahead of time in order to submit it to our editors.

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.

DistroKid

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.

CD Baby, EmuBands

SPOTIFY PREFERRED LABEL DISTRIBUTORS

These distributors meet our highest standards for providing quality metadata and protecting against infringement.

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RECOMMENDED LABEL DISTRIBUTORS

These distributors meet our basic standards for providing quality metadata and protecting against infringement.

FUGA

RECOMMENDED DELIVERY PLATFORMS

FUGA


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!

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.

Right now, we’re testing these features with a small group of artists and using their feedback to improve before we expand availability. We’ll be rolling out to more artists and labels over time, so stay tuned to our blog for updates. You can also sign up here to learn more about our plans.

If you’re an artist with music on Spotify before October 31st, 2018, and you had at least 3 listeners, you get a 2018 Wrapped!

You need a Spotify for Artists account to check it out. If you don’t already have it, request access here.

Note: Spotify for Artists is only for artists and their trusted teammates. If you’re a music fan, get your 2018 Wrapped here.

With Spotify for Artists (for artists and managers) and Spotify Analytics (for labels and licensors), you can submit one song from any scheduled release for our team to discover and consider for editorial playlists. We’ll also include it on your followers’ Release Radar playlists.

Tip: If this is your first release and you don’t yet have access to Spotify for Artists, check out “How do I claim my artist profile before my first release?”.

  1. Log in to Spotify for Artists on desktop.
  2. Use any one these three ways to find and submit unreleased music:
    • At the top of the Home tab, select SUBMIT A SONG next to the release you want to submit.
    • In the Profile tab, hover over the release you want to submit and click the three dots (...). Select Submit a song.
    • In the Catalog tab, under UPCOMING, select SUBMIT A SONG next to the release you want to submit. Note: The option to submit a song only displays if you have unreleased music.
  3. Choose a song and fill out as much info about the song as possible. The more info we get, the better chance it has!

Some things to keep in mind:

The earlier you submit your music, the better. We recommend at least 7 days before its release date. (This is also required to have your submission included on Release Radar). You can work with your distributor to make sure it’s delivered to us ahead of this time.

  • Submitting a song doesn’t guarantee a place on an editorial playlist, but does give it the best chance.
  • It’s only possible to submit one song per artist profile at a time (even if you have more than one scheduled release).
  • You need to be listed as the main artist on the release to submit. The option is not available for featured artists or compilations.
  • Our editors reserve the right to creative control for their selections. This means they may choose to feature a different song from the release on their playlist.
  • It’s not possible to remove yourself from a playlist if your track is chosen for it. There’s no set amount of time it will stay on the playlist - it depends how well it resonates with listeners.
  • Anyone else with access to your profile on Spotify for Artists (e.g. managers), or the release on Spotify Analytics (e.g. label reps), can see and edit the submission. Any changes are displayed for all members.
  • It’s totally free to use, and it’s not possible to pay to increase your chances, nor can any external parties influence our editors.

If you’re unable to see or submit music for playlist consideration, be sure to check the following:

Tip: If this is your first release and you don’t yet have access to Spotify for Artists, check out “How do I claim my artist profile before my first release?”.

  • It’s only possible to submit unreleased music. If the release is live, or has been live on Spotify before, you won’t be able to submit it to our editors.
  • Your unreleased music may not appear in Spotify for Artists until the day after it’s been delivered. You can reach out to your distributor for more information.
  • You need to be listed as the main artist on the release to submit. The option is not available for featured artists or compilations.
  • It’s not possible to submit if you have view-only access to Spotify for Artists. Learn more about access levels here.
  • It’s only possible to submit one song per artist profile at a time (even if you have more than one scheduled release). If you’ve already submitted a song, you’ll need to wait until it goes live before you can submit another unreleased song.
  • It’s not currently possible to submit a song using the Spotify for Artists mobile app. Instead, use the web version of Spotify for Artists. You can do this on desktop or with your mobile’s web browser (rather than the app).

If you’ve checked all of the above and it’s still not working, try again using an incognito/private browsing window:

  1. Open your web browser.
  2. Open a private session. Most browsers will open a private session if you press Ctrl+Shift+N (Windows) or Cmd+Shift+N (Mac). If that doesn’t work, or if you’re using mobile, you should find the option to open a new private/incognito session in your browser’s menu bar.
  3. Open the web page in this private session.

If that doesn’t help, we’d recommend trying a different web browser.

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.

Yes! Right now, the Spotify for Artists app is available on iOS and Android. Find us in the App Store or download the app from the Play Store.

Sharing your podcast on Spotify gives you access to millions of Spotify listeners in 60 markets across desktop, Android, and iOS devices. If you host your podcast with one of our aggregator partners, you can easily submit your podcast to Spotify in minutes. Please follow the instructions below:

If you host with Acast, Art19, Cast Plus, Ausha, Zencast, you'll need to reach out to your aggregator for more information on how you can authorize Spotify as an additional distribution platform.

If you're not hosted with one of the aggregators listed above, but want to get your podcast on Spotify, check out Spotify for Podcasters!

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