Spotify’s new “Self Managed Music Retailer” is here!

According to Spotify’s blog, the company announced a new beta feature that enables independent artists to upload their music to Spotify — directly from Spotify for Artists.

The streaming Giant states that one of the top requested features from artists has been the ability to upload music directly onto Spotify. The company has been testing an upload tool within Spotify for Artists, and starting on September 20th 2018, the company is inviting more artists to participate in the beta.

Current artists using the new tool are Noname, Michael Brun, VIAA, and Hot Shade — and from their feedback, Spotify is now ready to see how a wider range of artists will put it to use.

How it works:

Artists will be able to deliver music straight to Spotify and plan for the perfect release day. Artists will see a preview of exactly how things will appear to listeners before they hit submit. And even after the music goes live, artists will be in full control of the metadata info with simple and quick edits.

Artists will get paid when fans stream their music on Spotify. The recording royalties will hit the artists’ bank account automatically each month, and they’ll see a clear report of how much the streams are earning right next to the other insights displayed via Spotify for Artists. Uploading is free to all artists, and Spotify doesn’t charge any fees or commissions no matter how frequently music is released!

Want in?

Right now, upload in Spotify for Artists is only available by invitation to a few hundred US-based independent artists, but Spotify is excited to bring upload to even more artists, labels, and teams in the future.

Join Spotify’s mailing list to stay up to date on any progress of this platform being open to more artists.

Will this change the landscape of digital distribution?