To add a song to Spotify, you need to go through a music distributor or aggregator, as Spotify doesn’t allow individual artists to upload their music directly to the platform.
Here’s a step-by-step guide
- Record Your Song
First, you’ll need to have a high-quality recording of your song ready. Ensure that the audio file meets Spotify’s technical requirements in terms of format, quality, and length.
- Choose a Music Distributor or Aggregator
Research and select a reputable music distributor or aggregator. These services act as intermediaries between you (the artist or rights holder) and streaming platforms like Spotify.Popular music distributors include TuneCore, DistroKid, CD Baby, and others. Compare their pricing, features, and distribution reach to make your choice.
- Create an Account
Sign up for an account with your chosen music distributor or aggregator. You’ll be required to provide some personal and payment information.
- Upload Your Music
Use the distributor’s platform to upload your song(s). You’ll typically need to provide details like the song’s title, artist name, album or single information, cover art, and release date.
- Set Distribution Preferences
Choose which platforms you want your music to be distributed to. Make sure Spotify is selected, along with any other streaming services you prefer.
- Pay the Distribution Fee
Most distributors charge a one-time fee or a yearly subscription fee to distribute your music. Pay the required fee to proceed.
- Review and Confirm
Carefully review all the information you’ve entered, including song details, cover art, and release date. Once everything is correct, confirm your submission.
- Wait for Distribution
The distributor will process your submission, ensure it meets Spotify’s technical requirements, and then distribute it to Spotify and other selected platforms. This process can take several days to a few weeks, depending on the distributor’s processing time.
- Claim Your Spotify for Artists Profile
While your music is being distributed, you can claim your Spotify for Artists profile if you haven’t already. This allows you to access analytics, customize your profile, and engage with your audience.
- Promote Your Music
Once your song is live on Spotify, promote it to your audience through social media, email marketing, and other promotional efforts. Encourage listeners to follow you on Spotify and add your songs to their playlists.
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Remember that the process and requirements may vary slightly depending on your chosen distributor or aggregator, so be sure to follow their specific instructions and guidelines for uploading music to Spotify.