Nope! There’s no cost to upload music through Spotify for Artists, and you’ll receive all of your royalties without paying us any fees or commissions, as detailed in the content license agreement you’ll be accepting as part of the program.
Your release goes live at 12 midnight on the release date you pick when you upload your music to Spotify for Artists. It releases by time zone, so New Zealand sees it first. In the US your release goes live at 12 midnight EST.
Note: When you upload, it takes 7 days for us to prepare it for release, so be sure to consider this for your release schedule. This lead time gives you a chance to submit a song to our editors for playlist consideration and get a song on your followers’ Release Radar playlist.
Yes, you can remove releases uploaded through Spotify for Artists:
- Log in to Spotify for Artists and head to Catalog.
- Find the release in Released or Upcoming.
- Select "..." on the release.
- Select DELETE.
Note: It can take up to 48 hours for a release to be removed from Spotify.
Yes, but not within 7 days before it’s scheduled to go live. You are also unable to make any edits if you have scheduled a Marquee for a release.
Once a release goes live, you can edit information such as the release title, track titles, and artwork, but you can’t add/remove individual tracks, or change the order tracks appear.
Note: Edits to releases that are already live can take up to 5 days to reflect in the Spotify app.
Once you’ve agreed to our licensing agreement, your team members will have different levels of access:
Full/Admin members Can accept the terms of our licensing agreement, provide payment info (i.e. create a Stripe account), and upload/edit releases. Note: Only the person who set up the Stripe account can update banking info.
Edit members Can upload and edit releases.
View members Cannot upload/edit releases, or see scheduled releases. Once the release goes live it will be visible.
ISRCodes are required for every track within a release.
If you don’t have ISRCs, we’ll provide them free of charge as you prepare your release. However, please ensure the ISRCs we provide are also used if you distribute elsewhere.
If you have ISRCs that have been previously assigned by another aggregator or label, you must use those when you upload with us.
If you have your own ISRCs (for unreleased content, not assigned by another aggregator or label), you are welcome to use them. However, please ensure these are also used if you distribute elsewhere.
For more information, check out the IFPI handbook on ISRCs.
Yes, you’re given the option to add a collaborator when you upload. You’ll have the choice to add them to the entire release, or to individual tracks. Please be sure you have permission from the collaborator and the rights to do so, and that you use the ‘Add a collaborator’ field, rather than adding their name in the release title.
No, we don't treat artists any differently for playlist inclusion based on their label or distributor, even for Spotify for Artist uploads.
You can easily submit a track from your release to our playlist editors once you’ve uploaded though. Just tap ‘SUBMIT A SONG’ next to the release once it’s scheduled. Find out more about how to submit music here.
Note: The option to submit a song won't be available right away. After you upload the release, it will take a short amount of time for the content to fully ingest into our catalog. Check back in 24-48 hours where you will be able to pitch a track to our editors.
It may take a few days for your bank to process the payment. If you still haven't received the payment in a few days, please contact our support team.
Towards the end of the year, Stripe’s partner, Payable will send an email prompting you to e-sign and submit a W9 form to Spotify that has been pre-populated with information you provide to Stripe when you set up an account with them.
Note: With the completed W9, Spotify can report payments for tax purposes and ensure taxes are not withheld from future payments.
Based on your W9, Payable will then send you:
- A form 1099-MISC on Spotify’s behalf before the annual tax reporting deadline.
- A form 1099-K documenting the payments a second time as required by IRS regulation of third-party payment providers.
You will need this information when reporting your taxes.
Only rights holders are able to upload with Spotify for Artists - it must be fully licensed material.
We have various internal checks that we perform on content that is delivered to us, as we take copyright infringement very seriously.
We also have an easily accessible way to report infringement, and a rigid content infringement notification process in place. Rights holders can report content they suspect to be unlawfully uploaded and we investigate and take prompt action on a case-by-case basis.
Uploading a cover song is okay, though we ask that you provide sufficient metadata for us to identify the underlying original song.
Remixes are also okay, if every element of the remix is content you own or control. If, by contrast, the “remix” incorporates elements from some other rights holder’s material (say, for example, a remix of popular pre-existing track), then that content is not permitted unless the use of the pre-existing material is fully licensed.
Before you can upload music through Spotify for Artists, you accept our content licensing agreement. You should read the full agreement and consult a lawyer if you have any questions about the terms, but we can provide you with a plain-English summary.
Keep in mind that the contract itself is what governs our respective rights and obligations, and this summary is just our informal effort to explain it.
Here’s what you need to know:
You’re granting us a non-exclusive, worldwide license to distribute your music. We can make your music available to listeners in every territory where Spotify is available. “Non-exclusive” means you remain in full control of your rights, and you’re allowed to distribute your music on other platforms or give others permission to use it in other ways. If you sign an exclusive contract in the future with a label or another distributor, you can freely remove your music from Spotify and deliver it to us under those new terms.
There is no cost to upload. You can upload an unlimited amount of music through Spotify for Artists without paying us any fees or commissions.
We’ll provide you with data about your music’s performance on Spotify. You’ll receive stats about the music you’ve uploaded through Spotify for Artists. In addition, we’ll provide you with a sales report on the royalties we owe you no more than 30 days after the end of a given month.
We pay you a share of our revenue. Spotify makes money two ways: subscription fees and advertising revenue. We then share a portion of that revenue with all of our licensors (including you) according to your “streamshare.” We calculate your streamshare by tallying the total number of streams in a given month and determining what proportion of those streams were people listening to your music. Your percentage of streamshare helps determine your share of the total revenue pool.
When we make money, you make money. As an artist uploading through Spotify for Artists, you get 50% of Spotify’s net revenue according to your streamshare.
To calculate net revenue, we subtract the money we collect but don’t get to keep. This includes payments for things like taxes, credit card processing fees, and billing — which we’ve pegged at a flat 6% deduction — along with some other things like sales commissions. From there, your share of net revenue is determined by your streamshare.
In its simplest form, the equation looks like this:
[SPOTIFY’S NET REVENUE] X [YOUR STREAMSHARE] X 50% = YOUR RECORDING ROYALTIES
What about Publishing? In addition to the recording royalties Spotify pays you directly, we pay royalties to compensate the owner(s) of the composition. These payments are issued to publishers, collecting societies, and mechanical agencies based on the territory of usage. If you’re an owner of the composition, we recommend contacting your local society for more information.
We’ll pay you no more than 60 days after the end of the month. Royalties are calculated on a monthly basis. We’ll pay you for the streams you accrued in a given month no later than 60 days after the end of that month, and we usually pay you much faster than that.
We may make changes to the agreement, but we’ll always let you know. We’re still in the early stages of testing upload in Spotify for Artists, so there’s a good chance we’ll make changes to the product or to the agreement. If we do amend the agreement for any reason, we’ll give you 30 days notice, and you’ll have a chance to remove your music if you don’t like the changes.