The Spotify for Artists section of the Spotify music streaming service allows qualified independent artists to upload their own music to the platform. The site provides useful data such as listeners and royalties, and is currently being tested by independent artists based in the United States. Spotify reports that it is "testing features with artists and using their feedback to improve these tools before expanding availability." Learn the following tutorial what I need to put a song on Spotify.
The action of placing a song on free Spotify and the artist receives all royalties without paying fees or commissions. To do this, I need before he signs a content license agreement granting Spotify a non-exclusive worldwide license to distribute his music. That is, the artist retains full control of the rights and distribution power of their own music on other platforms and may authorize others to use them. In addition, he also has the right to remove them for free from Spotify at any time.
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1. Technical Requirements for the Audio File
To put a song on Spotify, go to Spotify for Artists and press the green upload button. You can upload singles, EPs, or albums already with the correct metadata and album art. Before submitting the data, the site will show a preview of how the release will appear on Spotify to listeners. Be careful not to deliver the same content to Spotify twice to avoid errors in metadata, statistics and royalties.
Some Spotify technical requirements at this stage are:
- Music files must be WAV, WAVE, or FLAC (16 or 24 bits with sampling rates of 44.1 kHz or higher). WAV and WAVE file formats must be PCM;
- Album art must be square, at least 1600×1600 px, and in PNG (preferred) or JPEG format. By adding an image, you agree that you have the right to use it and that it is subject to Spotify's policy and copyright terms;
- Include the names of your contributors, including featured artists and collaborators on recorders, such as composers and producers.
Basic information to add when uploading your music or EP Photo: Release / Spotify
2. Release of music on the platform
The music file must be submitted at least seven days before the desired release date. Spotify takes time to prepare music for distribution opportunities like the New Radar playlist. If you have uploaded the song in advance, you can choose the release date at will. All Spotify for Artists releases are global, so music will be available to listeners starting midnight on the artist's local time in all territories with Spotify access.
Spotify lets you save an upload draft and make edits until you confirm that all the music information is correct for submitting the platform. Once a version has been submitted to Spotify, you can still edit the metadata up to one week before the release day. After that, edits and removal requests can be done in about two days.
Spotify For Arstists Music Upload Screen Photo: Divulgao / Spotify
4. Guidelines for uploading music to Spotify
Spotify does not allow the upload of copyright infringing content. If a song that does not comply with the guidelines is submitted to the streaming service, the submission may be blocked. If this happens, you need to contact Spotify Support. Even once published, if a copyright infringement is detected on any content, it will be removed from the platform.
5. Payment of royalties
The royalty payment for music released through Spotify for Artists is made to appropriate rights holders through existing relationships with local and international copyright societies, mechanical rights societies and / or music publishers.
The amount paid to Spotify composers directly, therefore, is important for the composer to record his works in the appropriate societies. If the song was sent to Spotify through a label or other distribution partner, I need to contact support to find out how the royalty payment is due.
Only artists subscribed to Spotify for Artistis will receive royalty payments directly from Spotify Photo: Divulgao / Spotify
6. Calculation and receipt of royalties
Royalties are calculated at the end of each month based on the number of songs played in accordance with the Content License Agreement. Spotify posts future earnings and payments to Spotify for Artists in the first half of the following month, and the payment received in the second half of that month.
You can track royalty payment history and streaming statistics through Spotify for Artists. Payment occurs from Spotify's payment service provider, Stripe. The artist must set up a platform account, connected to their bank details. The user can edit data such as address and bank account through Stripe at any time. Other personal information such as name, date of birth or tax ID is edited only by contacting Spotify customer support.