Published: Fri, September 21, 2018

Spotify offers free direct uploads for indie artists

Spotify offers free direct uploads for indie artists

"You've told us time and time again that sharing your work with the world should be easier", the Spotify writes in a press release.

In a move with the power to shake up the music industry, Spotify said Thursday that it will allow select artists to upload songs directly without record labels or distributors. Those services aren't necessarily expensive-DistroKid, for instance, charges $20 per year for unlimited uploads to streaming services and takes no royalty cut-but direct uploads could give artists more control, especially over release timing.

The feature is only in beta at the moment, but Spotify confirms the feature has already been tested by "a handful of independent artists and labels" including Michael Brun, VIAA and Noname, whose debut album Room 25 landed last week.


Spotify is starting to let artists upload their music direct to the service through a new feature in its Spotify for Artists program.

According to the announcement (currently on the company's blog), "You'll see a preview of exactly how things will appear to listeners before you hit submit". The upload feature is now invite-only for "eligible US artists", and while Spotify says it will invite more artists over time, it's unclear what the criteria for eligibility will be. Now that Spotify is offering the same service, and for free, to a larger audience with more possible upward mobility and playlisting opportunities, SoundCloud could find it necessary to reduce the price of its Premium tier or even reinvent their platform entirely.

The post goes on to say that getting paid for streams will be straightforward as well: Artists will get paid monthly, at which time they'll also get a report of how much money their streams are earning.

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