We’re focused on supporting the music community during this unprecedented crisis.
Fundraising on your artist profile
With Spotify for Artists, you can add a fundraising link to your artist profile. You can use this to help offset your own lost revenues, support another artist, or promote a music organization or charity.
To get started, check out How do I add a Fundraising Pick to my artist profile?
Support for Spotify creator tools
Some more initiatives to help creators continue to create:
- Soundtrap for Education has an extended free trial.
- Anchor is removing its fee for the Listener Support feature until September 30th.
For more info on support for creators during COVID-19, check out our blog.
Add merch to your artist profile
You can list with Merchbar to show your merch on your artist profile. Check out How do I add merch to my artist profile? for more info.
Your artist profile is your homepage on Spotify. It’s where all your music 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 lets artists and their team manage their artist profile. Once you get access, you can update your images, write your bio, feature an artist playlist, and make an Artist Pick.
If you don’t have access to Spotify for Artists, get access here.
For more info on managing your profile, check out our artist guide.
You can add a fundraising link to your artist profile in Spotify for Artists. For Fundraising Pick best practices, check out our blog.
Note: Only Admin team members can add, change, or remove a Fundraising Pick. A Fundraising Pick doesn’t replace your Artist Pick.
To add a Fundraising Pick:
- Log in to Spotify for Artists on the web.
- Go to Home.
- Under Artist Fundraising Pick, click + Get support directly from fans.
- Fill in the COVID-19 support form and click SUBMIT.
To change or remove a Fundraising Pick:
- Log in to Spotify for Artists on the web.
- Go to Profile.
- Click the pencil icon next to Artist Fundraising Pick.
- To remove your Fundraising Pick, click REMOVE.
- To change your Fundraising Pick, click EDIT LINK and continue through the COVID-19 support form.
Some things to keep in mind
- Spotify doesn’t take a cut of the money.
- Fundraising links must be through approved partners. Find the most up-to-date list of partners in the support form or our best practices blog post.
Thousands of fans have already supported more than 10,000 artists with Cash App alone! As a result, they’ve reached their collective $1 million USD contribution.
You can continue to fundraise through Cash App without the additional contribution. Check out how to get a fundraising link.
The Artist Fundraising Pick feature allows artists to fundraise from fans across the world during this unprecedented crisis. Artists can raise funds to offset their inability to perform live (or other areas of revenue generation that may have been impacted by COVID-19), support a collaborator or music industry friend in need, or uplift an organization or charity focused on COVID-19 relief.
We are committed to supporting the global music community with this effort, and we urge artists to use this feature responsibly and uphold the Spotify for Artists Terms and Conditions. Violations of any of the requirements below may result in the artist being ineligible for the Spotify Artist Fundraising Pick feature.
Artists may use the Artist Fundraising Pick feature to fundraise for themselves, another artist in need, or causes that support those impacted by COVID-19.
- Examples of permitted fundraisers include:
- Direct contributions to an artist,
- Fundraisers benefiting touring crews or concert venue staff affected by COVID-19,
- Fundraisers benefiting one of the verified organizations Spotify has identified that offer financial relief to those in the music community impacted by COVID-19,
- Fundraisers to secure medical equipment for medical workers or to support organizations conducting research into prevention or treatment of COVID-19,
- Fundraisers to support individuals or local businesses economically impacted by COVID-19.
- Examples of prohibited fundraisers include:
- Fundraisers by, or benefiting, political candidates, campaigns, or other political entities,
- Fundraisers for legal defense funds or filing lawsuits,
- Fundraisers to buy alcohol, tobacco, or recreational drugs.
- Do comply with all applicable laws and regulations.
- Do comply with the terms and conditions of any third-party fundraising platforms.
- Do make sure that your profile is in compliance with the Spotify for Artists Terms and Conditions.
- Do not minimize, seek to exploit, spread misinformation about, or engage in scams related to COVID-19.
- Do not post any misleading or deceptive content related to your Spotify fundraiser. For example, don’t impersonate an individual, brand or organization.
- Do not suggest that contributions to personal fundraisers are tax deductible.
- Do not promote your fundraiser in a manner inconsistent with the User Guidelines in the Spotify for Artists Terms and Conditions.
- Do not use the Artist Fundraising Pick feature to engage in the sale of goods or services.
Note: Merchandise sales are permitted via the merchandise section of Spotify for Artist pages.
You can manage all your artist profiles’ images with Spotify for Artists:
- Avatar: The profile image paired with your music around Spotify.
- Header image: The cover/banner image at the top of your artist profile (only displayed in the desktop app and web player).
- Image gallery: Additional images in the About section of your artist profile. You can upload up to 125 images.
Before you make your profile picture-perfect, make sure your image files meet these guidelines:
- Have the correct file format (.jpeg, .png, or .gif).
- Avatar images must be at least 750px x 750px.
- Header images must be at least 2660px x 1140px, but preferably 6000px x 4000px.
- Not exceed 20MB.
- Show your face in the center.
- 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.
Once you’re ready, log in to Spotify for Artists, and follow these steps to edit your images.
On the web:
- Go to Profile and click the pencil icon in the top-right to update your avatar and header images.
- To edit or add to your image gallery, go to ABOUT. Under Image Gallery, click + to add images, or the icon to edit an existing gallery.
On the mobile app:
Note: It’s not possible to update your header image using the mobile app.
- Tap the Profile icon in the bottom-right, then tap EDIT IMAGE to update the avatar image.
- To edit your image gallery, scroll to About and tap EDIT. Add new images with + under Image Gallery.
Prefer a video guide?
Check out How to change your artist image.
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.
- Certain sexually explicit content like pornography is not allowed on Spotify. You are also not permitted to link or otherwise drive traffic to sites featuring such material.
- Hate content, imagery, symbols, or references of any kind are strictly prohibited, and will be removed immediately.
- Bullying or harassing an individual or group is not permitted anywhere on Spotify. That type of content will be removed.
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.
With Spotify for Artists, you can create an artist bio, save it to your profile, and update it anytime. Here’s how:
- Log in to Spotify for Artists and head to Profile.
- Select ABOUT.
- Scroll down to Bio and click the pencil icon.
- Write your bio and click SAVE.
On the mobile app
- Tap the profile icon in the bottom-right.
- Scroll down to About and tap EDIT.
- Write your bio in the text box.
- Tap SAVE.
You have 1,500 characters to tell fans who you are. You can use @tags to link to other Spotify content like albums that inspired you, artists you’ve collaborated with, or playlists you’re featured on. You can also paste Spotify links into the text field and add a link to your Wikipedia page for fans who want to dig deeper.
Note: The bio you add using Spotify for Artists officially replaces the Rovi bio on your profile and you won’t be able to revert back to it.
We just ask that you treat others with respect. Don’t plagiarize, or violate these guidelines:
- Don’t violate anyone’s copyrights.
- Hate speech and discrimination of any kind is strictly prohibited.
- Bullying, threats of violence, or harassing others is not permitted on Spotify.
Prefer a video guide?
Check out How to update your bio.
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.
Use Artist Pick to showcase:
- Any song
- Any album
- Any playlist
- Your concerts
- Podcast shows
- Individual podcast episodes
You can also add a message and image to your Pick.
Log in to Spotify for Artists and go to Profile to select your Artist Pick.
Tip: If you can’t find what you’re looking for, paste a link from the Spotify app.
Your Artist Pick displays on your profile for up to 14 days. Your Pick disappears afterwards, but you can update it at any time.
If your Artist Pick shows a tour, it displays until the day after the last show.
Prefer a video guide?
Check out How to update your Artist Pick.
You can feature any playlist on your artist profile.
Create your own playlist
Use the Spotify app to build it with your personal account first, then add it to your artist profile with Spotify for Artists (steps below).
Note: This will show your personal account and link to it. You can add a display name on your personal account to match your artist name.
Feature another playlist
Show a playlist your music’s been added to, or just what you’re into!
To add a playlist to your artist profile:
- Go to Spotify for Artists, or open the mobile app.
- Go to Profile and scroll down to Artist Playlists.
- Select Edit, then + Add Playlist.
- Search for the playlist, or copy and paste the playlist’s Spotify link in the search field.
Tip: To copy the link to a Spotify playlist, right-click it (or tap the three dots on mobile), choose Share, then Copy Link.
- Hit Save.
To remove a playlist from your artist profile:
- Go to Spotify for Artists, or open the mobile app.
- Go to Profile and the playlist under Artist Playlists.
- Click the X next to it.
If your music’s on a different artist profile, or if another artist’s music is on your profile, there are a few ways to get it fixed.
Contact your distributor
If you deliver music through one of our preferred distributors, you can contact them to fix your music:
Our preferred distributors use best practices to reduce metadata problems. They also let you deliver music with a specified artist ID which helps prevent your music getting mixed up in the future.
Report the problem in Spotify for Artists
If you have access to Spotify for Artists, fill in this quick form and we’ll fix your music for you.
Don’t have access to Spotify for Artists?
Contact the Spotify for Artists support team and let us know there’s music on the wrong artist profile. Once your music’s in the right place, we can help you get access to Spotify for Artists.
Tip: In Spotify for Artists, you can catch errors before they’re visible to listeners. Check out your upcoming releases in the Music section. If you notice an incorrect release, or don’t see a release you’re expecting, get in touch with us.
You can list with Merchbar to show off your merch on your artist profile. Check out this guide to joining Merchbar. It’s completely free for artists, labels, merch companies, and merch distributors to join.
Your team or merch company may already have a partnership with Merchbar. If so, all you need to do is ask them to make your merchandise available.
If you'd like to set up a new partnership with Merchbar, you can submit this form.
If you or your merch partner already lists on Merchbar, up to 3 products automatically display on your artist profile. If you have more than 3, your artist profile will showcase the best 3 products for maximizing engagement and sales - based on data related to fan interactions, purchases, product availability, and other factors.
Prefer a video guide?
Check out How to sell merch.
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.
Note: If your music's mixed up with another artist, get help here.
To update your artist name, your label or distributor needs to submit a metadata update to us. It’s best to reach out to them to ask them to do so.
We’re unable to make these changes manually since we display music according to the metadata delivered to us.
Once we receive the updated info from your label or distributor, the changes will be reflected on our side as soon as possible.
The Fans Also Like tab on your artist profile is determined by algorithms that use a combination of your fans' listening habits, what’s written about you on Spotify, and music discussions and trends happening around the internet.
Want to change what’s in Fans Also Like?
It’s not possible to manually edit or add to Fans Also Like. But the more data we have, the better Fans Also Like gets. To help generate more data:
- Stay active on social media and encourage your fans to tune in to your music within Spotify.
- Create and share artist playlists with descriptive titles (e.g. "[artist name]’s top [genre] picks") to give us a better picture of the right artists to match you with. Start by adding your music, songs you listen to, and artists you’re similar to. And be sure to encourage your fans to follow and stream your playlist!
- Add a descriptive bio to your Spotify artist profile, and the info will be used to form an idea of which artists to pair you with. Start your bio by telling us where you’re from and what sort of music you make.
There's more info on how Fans Also Like works in our blog.
We also recommend checking out promo guide. Conversations about your music across the internet help influence the artists you’re paired with.
Your artist radio station is based on your related artists. If you don’t have any artists listed under Fans Also Like on your profile, then radio stations won’t be available until more people listen to your music.
We don’t support label profiles right now.
To see your catalog in the Spotify app, type label:"label name" in Search.
No, but you can use your personal account to get access and log in to Spotify for Artists.
Note: This doesn’t give your personal account a verified check mark.
A songwriter page is a new place on Spotify for songwriters to showcase their work to potential collaborators and fans. It includes all works your publisher shares with us, as well as a list of your most frequent collaborators. You can share a songwriter page with anyone to check out your music, whether they have Spotify or not.
Songwriter pages are currently in beta. Publishers and songwriters manage each page in partnership with Spotify. To express interest in getting a page, fill in this form.
For more info, check out publishers.spotify.com.