How to Publish Your Music on Spotify

Production & Music Industry
Updated on
July 24, 2023
Written by
Unchained Music
This article will walk you through everything you need to know about publishing music on Spotify and optimizing your presence on this popular streaming service.

If you're an artist or musician looking to share your music with the world, Spotify is one of the platforms you should consider. This article will walk you through everything you need to know about publishing music on Spotify and optimizing your presence on this popular streaming service. Want to go further and promote your music after it's released? Click here.

Table of Contents

  1. Understanding Spotify
  2. Setting Up Your Artist Profile
  3. Publishing Your Music
  4. Optimizing Your Presence
  5. Promoting Your Music
  6. Frequently Asked Questions

Understanding Spotify

Spotify is one of the leading platforms for music streaming. With over 345 million active users, it’s an essential tool for artists looking to publish their music and reach a global audience.

The Basics of Spotify

Music Library

Spotify's Music Library is a treasure trove for music lovers. With over 70 million tracks from artists all around the world, the library caters to diverse tastes and preferences. Whether you're into pop, rock, jazz, classical, or some obscure genre, Spotify’s music library has something for everyone. As an artist, publishing your music on Spotify means that your creations will be part of this expansive collection, accessible to millions of listeners globally.


Playlists are a defining feature of Spotify. Users can create custom playlists by adding songs of their choice, and they can also follow playlists created by other users or Spotify’s editorial team. As an artist, being featured on a playlist can significantly boost your visibility.

Benefits for Artists

  • Increased Exposure: Being featured on a popular playlist can expose your music to thousands or even millions of new listeners.
  • Targeted Audience: Playlists are often genre-specific, ensuring that your music reaches the audience that is more likely to enjoy it.
  • User Engagement: Seeing your music on playlists, users may be encouraged to add it to their own, increasing engagement.

Spotify for Artists

Spotify for Artists is an essential tool for any musician on Spotify. It’s a dashboard where artists can manage their profile, analyze data about their listeners, and engage with their audience.

  • Profile Management: Update your profile picture, write your bio, and highlight your playlists or albums.
  • Data Analytics: Get insights into who's listening to your music, including data on age, gender, location, and listening habits.
  • Playlist Pitching: Submit your tracks for consideration to be included in Spotify’s editorial playlists.
  • Promote Your Music: Share your tracks, albums, and playlists directly to social media through the dashboard.

Publishing Your Music

Once your profile is ready, you can begin publishing your music on Spotify. Spotify doesn't allow artists to upload tracks directly, so you need to use a music distributor.

Choosing a Distributor

  1. Research various music distributors such as Unchained Music, DistroKid, TuneCore, or CD Baby.
  2. Compare their fees and features. (Unchained Music is free.)
  3. Select a distributor and create an account.
  4. Upload your music and select Spotify as one of the platforms for distribution.

Setting Up Your Artist Profile

After publishing your music for the first time, you need to set up your artist profile and claim your Spotify for Artists Account. The Spotify for Artists account helps you set up your public persona on Spotify as well as monitor streaming numbers and demographics, and the public profile should be optimized to attract listeners.

Steps to Set Up

  1. Claim your artist profile through Spotify for Artists.
  2. Add a profile picture and a bio that reflects your music.
  3. Link your social media accounts.

After Publishing

  1. Make sure your tracks are properly labeled and categorized.
  2. Monitor your streams and audience data through Spotify for Artists.
  3. Make sure to distribute your lyrics as well, if your track isn't an instrumental.

Optimizing Your Presence

Now that your music is on Spotify, it’s essential to optimize your presence.

Enhancing Your Profile

  • Add engaging cover images for your albums or singles. We like Canva to create simple visuals. 
  • Regularly update your profile with new content including playlists and tour dates.
  • Utilize Spotify’s playlist pitching feature to try and get your music featured on popular playlists.

Promoting Your Music on Spotify

Promoting your music effectively on Spotify is crucial for gaining visibility and growing your audience. Here, we’ll focus exclusively on strategies that can be executed through or on Spotify's platforms.

Effective Spotify-centric Strategies for Promoting Your Music

1. Optimize Your Spotify Artist Profile

Before you start promoting your music, make sure that your artist profile is engaging and fully optimized.

  • Profile Picture and Bio: Use a professional profile picture and write an engaging bio that tells your story.
  • Featured Content: Highlight your latest release or your best work on your profile so that it’s the first thing new visitors see.

2. Use Spotify’s Playlist Pitching Feature

One of the best ways to get noticed on Spotify is by getting your music featured on Spotify’s editorial playlists.

  • Pitch Unreleased Songs: Through Spotify for Artists, you can pitch unreleased music to Spotify’s editorial team. Make sure to submit your tracks well in advance of the release date.
  • Optimize Metadata: When pitching, include as much information as possible, such as the genre, mood, and other relevant data to increase your chances of being selected.

3. Create and Share Your Own Playlists

Creating your own playlists can be a great way to engage listeners.

  • Curated Content: Create playlists that include a mix of your music and other artists’ music that you enjoy or find inspiration in. This can also foster a sense of community among artists.
  • Theme-Based Playlists: Create themed playlists based on moods, events, or genres. Include your music where it fits naturally.

4. Engage with Your Audience on Spotify

Engaging with your listeners can help in building a loyal audience.

  • Use Spotify Codes: These are unique codes that users can scan to instantly stream your music. Share these codes on social media or print them on posters and flyers for physical promotions.
  • Spotify Canvas: Use Spotify Canvas to add looping visuals to your tracks. This feature enhances the listening experience and can make your music more memorable.

5. Utilize Spotify for Artists’ Analytics

Understanding your audience is key to effective promotion.

  • Analyze Listener Data: Use the analytics in Spotify for Artists to understand who your audience is, where they are located, and what they like.
  • Tailor Your Promotion: Use this data to tailor your promotions and engagements to your audience’s preferences and habits.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How long does it take to publish music on Spotify?

A: It typically takes a few days to a week for music to go live on Spotify after submitting it through a distributor.

Q: Can I earn money by publishing music on Spotify?

A: Yes, Spotify pays artists based on the number of streams their songs receive.

Q: How can I get my music on Spotify playlists?

A: You can submit your music for playlist consideration through Spotify for Artists or through third-party playlisting sites.

Q: Do I retain the rights to my music when I publish it on Spotify?

A: Yes, you generally retain the rights to your music when you publish it on Spotify.

Q: Is there a fee to publish music on Spotify?

A: Spotify doesn’t charge a fee, but you will need to use a music distributor, which may have associated costs. Unchained Music does not charge for music distribution.

Q: How do I update my artist bio on Spotify?

A: You can update your artist bio through your Spotify for Artists account.




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