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.
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.
International Standard Recording Codes (ISRCs) 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.
To find the ISRC for your track:
- Log in to Spotify for Artists and head to Catalog.
- Find the release in the RELEASED tab.
- Select “…” on the release, then Edit Details.
- Scroll down to Songs and select the track you want to find the ISRC for.
- Click on the pencil icon. The ISRC displays in the field under This song’s ISRC code.
Keep in mind that ISRCs are unique to each track within a release, and can only be found using the above steps for releases uploaded via Spotify for Artists. If you upload to Spotify using an aggregator or label, you’ll need to reach out to them for it.
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.
Spotify uses Payable, Stripe's partner, to help with taxes. We ask Payable to collect a W9 form from you, and towards the end of the year, you'll receive an email from Payable prompting you to e-sign and submit the form.
If you’ve earned $10 or more during the year, Spotify will ask Payable to generate a 1099-MISC form for you before the annual tax reporting deadline. You need this information when reporting your taxes. To receive your 1099-MISC form via email, make sure you opt-in for e-delivery with Payable. If you don’t opt in to receive via email, you may get your 1099-MISC a bit later (after January 31).
The Payable invite will go to the email address connected to Stripe. When you receive the invite, have the same person who set up your team’s Stripe account accept and create an account using the same info.
First, we need your W9 form. With the completed W9, Spotify can report payments for tax purposes and ensure taxes are not withheld from future payments.
Next, we’ll send you a 1099-MISC form via Payable. If you’ve earned $10 or more during the year, Payable will send you a form 1099-MISC on Spotify’s behalf. You can then file your taxes as you normally would.
For more information, check out Payable's help center.
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.
Cover songs are permitted, though we ask that you provide sufficient metadata for us to identify the underlying original song.
For remixes, you can only upload remixes of content that you own or control. If your remix consists of anything that belongs to another artist or rights holder (e.g. a remix of a popular track), you cannot upload it unless you have explicit permission (e.g. you have licensed the content).
We highly recommend you fill out the Songwriter, Publisher, and IPI fields for each track you upload within your release. Doing so increases the speed of matching the publishing copyright owners of these tracks, and enables timely distributions of publishing royalties.
It’s important to us that all songwriters are rewarded for their creations, and are given the royalties they’re owed. In order to receive publishing royalties, you and/or the songwriter you work with must be registered to a collecting society. These societies collect royalty payments from users of copyrighted works and distribute royalties to copyright owners. There are plenty to choose from, so make sure you do your homework before picking one.
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.