How To Get Your Music On Spotify

How To Get Your Music On Spotify

There are millions of music fans all over the world who are using Spotify, streaming music from millions of artists worldwide.

Over the last ten or fifteen years, it looked as though the demise of the CD and rise in digital downloads would mark the end of artists being able to make revenue from their music, as illegal file sharing reigned supreme.

With Spotify now filling that gap, albeit by generating much smaller profits, emerging and established acts can still find a way of using the platform to help to promote their music.

With such a huge user base you can tap into new audiences, open up your back catalogues without having to carry out expensive pressing runs for physical formats and build your fan base to sell tickets for your live shows.

So even though you’re unlikely to make millions from your streams, it can still be worthwhile for you to be active. Here is our quick guide for how to get your music on Spotify.

How To List Your Music On Spotify

All of the music that is available on Spotify has been submitted through a distributor. This is to ensure that all of the music is licensed accordingly and that royalties are properly assigned.

If you don’t currently have a distributor for your music, there are loads of options out there to help get you up and running. All of these distributors offer similar services in getting your music listed and paying you royalties but differ slightly when it comes to fees.

While it’s important to shop around and find the best distributor to suit your needs, here are three that come up the most frequently:

DistroKid

How To Get Your Music On Spotify with DistroKid

DistroKid is Spotify’s preferred distributor, having recently taken a minority stake in the company which links into iTunes, Apple Music, Google Play and other major streaming services.

Its main USP is the speed to market as they claim to list on all the major stores, including Spotify, within a working week and charge a flat rate fee for uploading and releasing unlimited albums and singles, rather than charging for every individual song or each time you upload an album.

DistroKid charges an annual fee of $19.99 and in exchange, you get to keep 100% of your royalties which are transferred on a monthly basis.

CD Baby

How To Get Your Music On Spotify with CD Baby

One of the biggest players in online distribution is CD Baby who can claim your Spotify for Artists account for you with instant verification.

Once your track has been uploaded to CD Baby they aim to have this cleared and playable on Spotify within 2 weeks and royalties are paid every Monday.

Unlike DistroKid, CD Baby doesn’t rely on annual fees but rather charges per release on two tiers. CD Baby Standard plans charge $9.95 per single and $49 per album, whilst CD Baby Pro charges $34.95 per single and $90 per album with additional benefits of worldwide publishing and performing rights royalties.

TuneCore

How To Get Your Music On Spotify with TuneCore

Similarly to both CD Baby and DistroKid, TuneCore also distributes to all of the major players in streaming and online music stores.

How long will it take to get your music on Spotify with TuneCore? According to their website, they aim to review all submissions within one working day and your tracks should show on Spotify within around 5 business days afterwards.

While you’ll receive 100% of your royalties, album plans will set you back £23.99 for the first year, rising to £39.99 for each following year, while singles will cost you an annual fee of £7.49. Unlike DistroKid and CD Baby, TuneCore allows you to distribute ringtones and jingles if that’s a market you’re looking to tap into.

Once you’ve submitted your tracks to your chosen distributor and your Spotify account is up and running, there are a few extra steps you should take to make sure you’re getting the most exposure.

How To Get Your Music On Spotify

1. Upgrade your profile

A great profile will proudly showcase your latest work, help fans learn more about you, buy your merch and discover tour dates. Firstly, you’ll need to claim your profile through Spotify for Artists which you can access here.

To make a great profile, use your best photos for your avatar and header images and include a bit about your background, influences and music style in your ‘About’ section, linking to your latest releases where you can.

2. Promote, promote, promote

Now you’re all set up on Spotify, you can start to plug your profile across your social channels and your website.

If you’re feeling like chancing your arm, try submitting your new tracks to Spotify’s editors to be featured on a Spotify playlist or on your followers Release Radar playlist for maximum exposure.

3. Get paid!

Unfortunately, there is no fixed rate for how much you will earn every time your track is streamed. There are so many factors which are taken into account to calculate your royalty payments, including where you’re based and how many other artists are competing in the same market, but essentially the more your music is played the more you’ll get paid.

Prime Loops Artists On Spotify

KRANE

KRANE on Spotify

Blending electronic, hip-hop and dance into his own distinctive style, KRANE has amassed over 32,000 followers on his Spotify page, with more than 310,000 listeners checking out his back catalogue each month.

KRANE's Spotify profile includes all his major releases, including the critically acclaimed first full-length album Fallout and both releases of the collaborative series SESSIONS.

Listen to KRANE on Spotify

FEMME

Femme on Spotify

Since her critically acclaimed, self-released debut album Debutante dropped in 2016 FEMME has recently followed up with an EP called 2.0. FEMME has over 6,500 followers on her Spotify profile, amassing over 31,000 listeners on a monthly basis.

Listen to Femme on Spotify

CRNKN

CRNKN on Spotify

Famous for working with the likes of Dillon Franic, Wacka Flocka and Knife Party, two of CRNKN's tracks have over 1 million streams each. With more than 7,800 followers and 38,000 listeners a month, CRNKN is definitely one to check out.

Listen to CRNKN on Spotify

Summary

Depending on what your goals are for promoting your music, it can be relatively straightforward for you to see quick wins with relatively low budgets.

The hard part starts after you’ve got your account set up, as the trick is to use all of your marketing skills to reach new listeners and pair this up with your tours, merch and physical media to help you make some money.

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