It seems like everyday Spotify is announcing something new for independent artists . Most recently they revealed a beta feature which will allow artists to upload directly to Spotify. This feature has been rolled out to selected independent artists via invitation only with the goal of making improvements. While this feature is amazing,
What about everyone else?
Its fairly easy to release music to all streaming services. All you need is a digital music distribution company like Distrokid. There are plenty of others to choose from, but with the recent investment into Distrokid , it has become the preferred choice for Spotify.
Distrokid is a digital distribution service for musicians which allow them to place there music on online stores and streaming services. When people listen to the music on those platforms, Distrokid collects the funds and pays the musicians.
Why DistroKid over other services?
The difference between DistroKid and other services is they allow unlimited uploads for a low price. Majority of other services charge per upload of song and/or album, which adds up or time. Also most companies take a percentage of the royalties but with Distrokid, the Artists keeps 100% of their royalties.
How much does DistroKids cost?
It cost as low as $19.99 to uploaded unlimited songs yearly! There are also other plan options if more services are needed.
How do I sign up?
Just head over to their website and create an account!
Once you have your Distrokid account setup and you’ve selected your plan, its time to release music. Now that your music is scheduled for release you need to claim your Spotify for Artists account and you Apple Music for Artist account.
One thing to point out is that Spotify has recently announced a new feature that allows artists to submit a unreleased track for playlist consideration. Being placed on the right playlist like RapCaviar, can turn a record into a major hit on the billboard charts. All you need to do is head over to your Spotify for Artists account and select “Catalog” and then “Unreleased track”. Then select which unreleased song you would like to submit.
Hopefully we will see more artists being selected to upload directly to Spotify but Distrokid is a great services for Spotify and all other services.