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 image, write your bio, post artist playlists, 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.
It’s simple to update your image using Spotify for Artists. You can upload your own header image as well as your own avatar (the profile image that is paired with your music around Spotify).
Just open your Spotify for Artists account, go to Profile and hit Edit Image at the top of the page to update your header, or Edit Image on the left to update your avatar. From there, just follow the instructions.
If you’ve never uploaded an image, your profile image on Spotify is your default image from Rovi. If you can’t update your image because you don’t have access to Spotify for Artists, get access here.
To make sure you look your best on Spotify, your image should:
- Have the correct file format (.jpeg, .gif, or .png)
- Be at least 2660px x 1140px, but preferably 6000px x 4000px
- Not exceed 20MB
- Show your face in the center and as far away from all edges as possible
- Not contain any infringing or offensive materials
- Not contain writing, brand advertising, or busy backgrounds
- Not promote your upcoming tour or album release
- Comply with our copyright policy
While we don’t anticipate needing to, we reserve the right to remove images at any time and for any reason—so we can keep Spotify great for our users.
For more on how to choose an excellent profile image, check out this blog post.
Spotify for Artists gives you control over how you look to your fans and to millions of listeners all over the world. While we’re committed to your freedom of expression, we also want Spotify to be free from prejudice, hatred, abuse, or illegal behavior.
Here’s some more info on what we do and don’t allow.
Protecting intellectual property
You can’t upload any images that violate any copyright, trademark, or personal image rights, which are as follows:
- Copyright: In most countries, copyright laws exist to protect original works and creations (books, music, art, etc.). Copyright generally does not protect ideas or facts, but in some cases it protects original words or images used to express an idea. For country-specific copyright info, visit the WIPO’s Global Directory.
- Trademark: A trademark is a word, slogan, symbol, or design (such as a logo or brand name) that distinguishes the products and services offered by one company from those of another. Generally, the purpose of trademark laws are to ensure consumers aren’t confused about who exactly is providing the service.
- Personal images: Personality rights, or right of publicity, protect an individual from unauthorized public or commercial use of their name, image, personality, or likeness. You can’t post an image of an individual without their consent.
Offensive, violent, or inappropriate content
We do not tolerate offensive or violent content. We have a large community of members from many countries, cultures, and backgrounds, so it's also important to remember that something you find disagreeable may not violate our guidelines.
- Nudity, pornography, and other sexually explicit content is not allowed on Spotify.
- Hate group speech, imagery, symbols, or references of any kind are strictly prohibited, and will be removed immediately.
- The intent to bully or harass an individual or group is not permitted anywhere on Spotify. That type of content will be removed.
- While we want to give you the ability to express yourself, we also do not allow overly offensive or violent content on Spotify.
For more on how to choose an excellent profile image, check out this blog post.
After you update your image using Spotify for Artists, your search image normally takes about 24 hours to update—but can take up to 72 hours.
If you wait 72 hours and still don’t see the change, try restarting your Spotify app. It could be a caching issue.
When you remove your profile image altogether, your profile does not default to a previous image—so your fans won’t see an image on your Spotify profile on any device or in search results until you upload a new one. We recommend updating your profile image rather than removing it altogether.
You can update your profile image anytime you want using Spotify for Artists. If you’ve never uploaded an image, your profile image on Spotify is your default image from Rovi.
You can. With Spotify for Artists, you can write a bio, save it to your artist profile, and update it anytime you want. Here’s how.
In the Spotify for Artists app: Open the app, go the profile tab (the icon at the bottom left of the screen), and scroll down to the About section. Write a creative bio that helps fans get to know you better. You’ve got 1,500 characters. Use the @ symbol to link to anything on Spotify—albums that inspire you, artists you’ve collaborated with, or playlists you’re featured on. You can also paste Spotify links into the text field. Add a link to your Wikipedia page for fans who want to dig deeper.
On desktop: Open your Spotify for Artists dashboard, go to Profile, and find the text field under Artist Bio. It’s the same from there! You have 1,500 characters to tell your story. Use the @ symbol to link to anything on Spotify—albums that inspire you, artists you’ve collaborated with, or playlists you’re featured on. You can also paste Spotify links into the text field. Add a link to your Wikipedia page for fans who want to dig deeper.
Keep in mind: The bio you add using Spotify for Artists will officially replace the Rovi bio on your profile. You won’t be able to revert.
The fun part about your artist bio is: You can write whatever you want! Those 1500 characters are all yours.
The main thing we ask is that you not plagiarize and that you treat others with respect.
The same basic rules that apply to your artist image also apply to your bio. Here’s a quick reminder:
- Don’t violate anyone’s copyrights. That means no copying unless you have permission.
- Hate speech and discrimination of any kind is strictly prohibited, and will be removed immediately.
- Bullying, threats of violence, or harassing individuals or groups are not permitted anywhere on Spotify. That type of content will be removed.
It’s easy to make an Artist’s Pick using Spotify for Artists. Just open up your dashboard and go to Profile.
If you’ve never made a pick before or if your pick has expired, hit the + symbol and follow the instructions. You can pick your concerts, latest release, favorite playlist or album—and add a photo.
If you’ve already made a pick and it hasn’t expired yet, update it by hitting the Edit button and choosing choosing your concerts or a new album, track, or playlist.
If you can’t make an Artist’s Pick because you don’t have access to Spotify for Artists, get access here.
Your Artist’s Pick stays on your profile for up to 14 days—or if you choose your concerts, the day after the last show you have listed on Spotify. You can make a new pick or update an existing one anytime you want by going to Profile in Spotify for Artists.
You can. If you do pick your latest release, we’ll make sure it doesn’t show up twice at the top of your profile. In that case only your Artist’s Pick, with your message, will appear at the top of your profile.
Spotify for Artists makes it easy to post artist playlists to your profile. To create and edit playlists, you’ll need to use Spotify.
Here’s how it works in the app:
- Create a new playlist in the Spotify app.
- Build your playlist by adding songs.
- When you’re ready to post the playlist to your profile, open the Spotify for Artists app.
- Go to the profile tab and scroll down to the Artist Playlists section.
- Click Edit, then + Add Playlist.
- Search for the playlist, or copy and paste the playlist’s Spotify link in the search field.
- Once you’ve chosen your playlist or pasted the link, hit Save.
Here's how to do it on desktop: - Follow the first 2 steps above, then open Spotify for Artists in your web browser. - Go to Profile and click the + under Artist Playlists. - Search for the playlist, or copy and paste the playlist’s Spotify link in the search field. - Once you’ve chosen your playlist or pasted the link, hit .Save..
You can post any playlist on Spotify to your artist profile.
To copy the link to a Spotify playlist, find the playlist on Spotify, choose Share in the dropdown menu, then tap Copy Link.
If you’ve posted artist playlists as a verified artist but never got access to Fan Insights, you’ll need to get access to Spotify for Artists to add or remove the artist playlists featured on your profile.
You can add and remove artist playlists from your profile in the Profile section of Spotify for Artists. You'll need to use Spotify to create and edit your playlists.
You can brand your artist playlists using the Spotify desktop app.
Anytime you create a playlist in Spotify, its cover image shows album art for the first few tracks on the playlist.
If you hover over this image, you’ll see a pencil symbol. When you click the pencil symbol, you’ll see all of the options you have for branding your playlist. You can update the name, choose an image for the cover art, and write a playlist description. Once you’re done, click Save.
To remove an artist playlist from your profile, open Spotify for Artists, go to Profile, find the playlist under Artist Playlists, and click the X next to it.
If you remove a playlist from your artist profile, you’ll still be able to listen to it and make changes to it using Spotify. And you can repost it to your profile anytime you want using Spotify for Artists.
You'll need to use Spotify to create and edit new artist playlists.
Merchandise listed with Merchbar automatically displays on your artist profile in Spotify.
We partnered with Merchbar because they have relationships with a large number of artists, merch companies, record labels, and distributors around the world.
If you work with a merch company or your merch is managed by a label or distributor, Merchbar likely has an existing partnership with your provider. All you need to do is ask them to make your merchandise available on Merchbar.
If you manage your merchandise independently, learn more about joining Merchbar here. They have several options for listing your merchandise on their site and on Spotify.
If you or your merch partner already lists merchandise on Merchbar, up to 3 products will automatically be shown on your artist profile on Spotify. If you have more than three products on Merchbar, your profile on Spotify will showcase the best 3 products for maximizing engagement and sales—based on data related to fan interactions, purchases, product availability, and other factors.
For more information on how to start selling merchandise and vinyl on Spotify or to find out if your merch company is a Merchbar partner, check out Merchbar's website.
There are no up-front costs or additional fees to list your products on Spotify through Merchbar. And it’s completely free for artists, labels, merch companies, and merch distributors to join Merchbar.
Merchbar does take a small percentage of purchases made through them. If you work with a merch company, label, or distributor, they are likely already absorbing the cost associated with listing and selling products on Merchbar. Learn more about how Merchbar works here.
We’re working to give you more control over your profile on Spotify, but for now you can’t change the images in the About tab. They’re pulled automatically from Rovi.
The songs that appear under Popular on your Spotify artist profile are automatically updated every 24 hours and ranked based on their number of all-time streams and their number of recent streams.
Your popular tracks can’t be manually updated.
Your artist radio station is based on your related artists. If you don’t have any artists listed under Related Artists on your profile, then radio stations won’t be available until more people listen to your music.
We’re working to make it easier for you to report problems with your music. For now, you’ll need to reach out to your distributor or aggregator and they’ll work with our team to make sure this gets fixed.