Spotify offers free direct uploads for indie artists

Angelo Anderson
September 21, 2018

The streaming service has launched a self-upload feature and a royalties dashboard for independent artists.

. Musicians invited to participate in the private beta will spot a new option in the "Spotify for Artists" mobile app and website that will allow them to directly upload their tunes (see image at the top of this article).

The handful of artists who have already been selected for the feature include Noname, the Chicago rapper who has won acclaim for her songs of African American women's struggles framed as telephone conversations, and Michael Brun, the Haitian-American DJ and producer known for his lively inter-cultural mixes.

Spotify, as grand a portal for music as it's become, has also had a bit of a gatekeeping issue.

"We've tried to make it as simple and transparent as possible", says Kene Anoliefo, the company's Senior Product Lead, Creator Marketplace. "There will be no limit or constraint on how often they can upload".

But how does it work? The only request is that the artist uploading must entirely own the copyright of their recordings.

Artists will be able to preview how music will appear and sound on Spotify prior to release day, and royalties will be deposited directly to bank accounts. Combined with direct uploads, this would allow artists to keep every penny after Spotify's 50% cut. Streaming is the way to reach listeners, but for a smaller artist that isn't on a record label, actually getting your music onto these services can be a challenge.

"Just like releasing through any other partner, you'll get paid when fans stream your music on Spotify". If you're in an indie band, do you plan on using the tool that allows you to upload music directly to the service?

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