As of September 3rd, artists and their teams can now submit any song that has never been streamed on Spotify to our playlist editors.
2 reasons for the change:
- More of your songs are eligible.
A lot of artists have “waterfall” releases, which is when new songs get added to a release that’s already out. Before you couldn’t submit those new songs. Now you can.
- More of your songs get submitted.
If you submit a single, we don’t need you to submit it again when your album comes out. Now you can choose a different song from your album to share with our editors.
Based on the feedback we’ve already heard about these changes, we’re exploring ways to improve the workflow for labels who submit music on behalf of lots of artists. Stay tuned.
With over 100 million passionate music fans around the world, Spotify is a great place to promote your music. Here are some tips.
Join Spotify for Artists
Spotify for Artists puts you in control of your profile on Spotify. You can promote your music and the music you’re into, share your story, update your images with your latest look, dig into listener stats, and much more.
Just click Claim Your Profile at the top-right of this page. Once we confirm who you are and give you access, you’re in charge.
Submit a song to our playlist editors
Have a new release coming up? Before it drops, submit it to us with Spotify for Artists. The song will then be included in a list our editorial team picks from for their playlists. We’ll also add it to your followers’ Release Radar playlist. Read more on submitting a song.
Although it’s not possible to submit music that’s already been released, it can still be discovered. Our playlist editors are always looking out 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).
Build your followers
Use social media to encourage your fans to follow you on Spotify. We’ll notify them when you release new music and when you’re touring in their area. You’ll also be featured in the personalized sections of their app.
Promote a new release or upcoming concert with tailored audio ads
Spotify Ad Studio lets you create and manage audio campaigns in minutes, with options for different sized budgets. Simply submit a script and pick a background track, and we produce the ad complete with recorded voiceover.
Ready to make your first ad? Get started here.
Note: This is currently only available in some countries. For information about advertising elsewhere, check out Spotify for Brands.
There’s all sorts of playlists on Spotify that can all help get your music in front of millions of potential fans. The three main types are:
Personalized: Algorithmically generated for our users, like Discover Weekly and Release Radar. Any new music you release is featured on your followers’ Release Radars - so the more followers you have, the more playlists you’ll be on.
Editorial: Carefully curated by our music experts and genre specialists from around the globe, these are the playlists with the little Spotify logo in the top-left corner of the cover image. With Spotify for Artists, you can submit unreleased music to be considered for editorial playlists. The earlier you submit your music, the better!
- Listener: Made by our users! These playlists can carry huge influence and potential for your music.
You can increase your chances of making it onto all these playlist types by continuing to grow your fanbase. Check out our promo guide for tips.
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.
- If you see the status Available Soon, we're still processing your release. It can take a few days until it's available for pitching, so deliver it as early as possible.
- 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?
Before your first release goes live on Spotify, you should ask your label or distributor for the URI link to your Spotify artist profile (they’ll get this after they deliver your music to us for the first time). You can then claim your artist profile by requesting access to Spotify for Artists. Just paste the URI link into the Find yourself field.
Once your request is granted, you can start preparing for release day by choosing your profile’s images, bio, Artist’s Pick, and playlists. You can also then submit your unreleased music for playlist consideration.
Licensors and labels who submit a song for playlist consideration are also able to make it label-only. A label-only submission means you and your management team are able to view which song was submitted and by who, but can’t edit or view details such as how the song was described by the person who submitted, and the genre, mood, and culture tags they applied.
A label-only submission can’t be edited, but you can reach out to your licensor or label for more info.
We’re currently testing this feature with a small, diverse group of artists and labels, and using their feedback to improve before we expand availability. We’ll roll it out to more artists and labels over time, so stay tuned to our blog for updates.
Tracks from your new release are always included in your followers’ Release Radar playlists. You can specify which song they get by submitting it for playlist consideration, as long as it’s submitted at least 7 days in advance.
Note: If you change a song within 7 days of release the change will likely not be reflected on Release Radar playlists.
Release Radar only includes tracks listeners haven’t streamed in the past. If the song isn’t brand new on Friday (the day Release Radar updates), it won’t be available to listeners who’ve already streamed it. But, they may get another song from the same release instead.
We only show the top 100 playlists ordered by the number of your music's listeners from that playlist.
On the Spotify for Artists website, a playlist will appear on your Playlists page if your music has at least 2 listeners from that playlist.
On the mobile app, a playlist will appear on your Playlists page if your music has at least 25 listeners from that playlist.
Search results in Spotify are based on a mix of current and all-time popularity—but vary from user to user based on personal listening preferences.
The more streams and followers you have, the higher up you’ll appear in searches.
- Go to your artist profile.
- Click (…) to the right of track, album, or playlist.
- Click Share, then Copy Embed Code.
- Paste the code on your website. It works with any website that supports HTML editing. For more info, check out Spotify for Developers.
An embedded Spotify player on your website means fans can instantly find and listen to your music.
At the moment you can't reach out directly to your fans, but we are working to create more opportunities for you to engage with your fans on Spotify. Stay tuned.