This is a game changer.
Spotify previously required independent artists to distribute their catalog via third-parties like DistroKid or TuneCore in order to be uploaded on the streaming platform, however things are about to take a big turn. Spotify recently revealed a beta feature that will enable musicians to upload their music directly to the service, instead of jumping through hoops with an outside distributor.
It’ll work similar to SoundCloud, with a user friendly interface to organize everything from album artwork to release date. The service is completely free, and eliminates the fee/percentage often charged by distribution companies. The service is currently only available to those invited by Spotify, but will soon be available for all users.
“Right now, we’re still in the early stages of testing. Our plan is to first focus on learning from the artists, get their feedback, and then make future plans about how it will become available to more artists,” says Kene Anoliefo of Spotify’s creator marketplace.
Stay tuned for more information on this game changing decision, and preview the upload interface below.