This article covers the following topics and subtopics:
- Spotify for Artists
- Spotify Canvas
- Spotify Discovery Mode
Spotify for Artists
Spotify for Artists is a way for you to take control of your artist page and see who’s listening!
If you use CD Baby to upload your music to Spotify, you will get access to claim your Spotify profile using our Spotify for Artists tool on your dashboard under Tools & Promotions tab. Claiming your Spotify for Artists profile page through CD Baby will enable you to become verified on Spotify and gets a blue verification checkmark. Getting verified on Spotify lets your fans know that your artist profile belongs to you. Click here to start the process.
How long does it take?
Verifying your Spotify artist profile is contingent on us delivering your content and your first release going live on Spotify. Once your release is live on Spotify, it can take up to 2 weeks for Spotify to fully create your profile. At that point, you will be able to verify your page from your CD Baby account.
What if this is my first release and I can't verify my page without my music being live, what should I do?
We know it is not ideal but if this is your first release and you don't have anything on Spotify yet, you will have to wait for your release to go live in order to claim your artist page.
If you are not seeing your artist name show up in the drop-down menu, it could be:
- Your content was just recently delivered or posted to Spotify and the information has not yet processed on the Spotify side.
- You did not choose Spotify as one of the digital distribution partners
- You have not given your final approval for digital distribution
- Your title has not passed inspection yet
- Your artist name is the 2nd or 3rd primary artist on the release. Currently, we can only support the 1st primary artist claiming a Spotify for Artists page.
- Your release is a compilation released under Various Artists. Various Artists releases are not eligible to claim Spotify for Artists pages.
How to file an Artist Separation
Is another artist listed on your artist page or is your release on the wrong artist page? If so you can file a Spotify artist separation straight from your CD Baby account dashboard! Simply log into your CD Baby account and under “Manage” select the link “Spotify Artist Separations”.
You will have the option to move your album from the wrong Spotify page to the correct one (or create a new Spotify artist page if you don’t have one already). You can also request that Spotify move someone else’s release off of your Spotify page. We’ll walk you through it step by step. Once the request is complete, a confirmation page will be displayed. Please make sure to submit only one request per album that needs to be moved, duplicate requests can delay your Artist Separation request or even cause it to be rejected.
How to find the Artist URL on a partner site
On Spotify, you can obtain these URLs by right-clicking the artist name, then left-clicking "Share" and then left-clicking "Copy link to artist."
Spotify Canvas is now available to all CD Baby artists!
Spotify Canvas allows you to add looping visuals to your songs.
To get access, log into your Spotify for Artist account and the Canvas tool should be there ready for you to use.
To learn more about Canvas and to see a tutorial on how to use it, visit our DIY Musician Blog here.
Learn more about all Spotify for Artists' features on their site here.
Spotify Discovery Mode
You can apply for Spotify Discovery Mode from within your Spotify for Artists account. As described in the Spotify for Artists help center, "Discovery Mode helps get your music heard in certain personalized playlists on Spotify." It's designed to help you reach new listeners and grow your fanbase.
How much does Discovery Mode cost?
There is no upfront cost for Discovery Mode. Instead, a 30% commission is applied by Spotify to recording royalties generated from all streams of selected songs in Discovery Mode contexts (currently Spotify Radio, Autoplay, and/or Daily Mix). All other streams of selected songs outside of these contexts remain commission-free. Learn about Discovery Mode contexts here.
You may be eligible for Discovery Mode in Spotify for Artists if your artist team meets all of the following requirements:
- You have at least 3 tracks that meet the track eligibility criteria
- You have at least 25,000 monthly listeners. Spotify has found that Discovery Mode works best with an audience of this size or above
- You have an active Spotify for Artists team that’s registered in one of the participating countries. See a list of countries here.
*Review this section of the Spotify for Artists help center for full details.
A track is eligible for Discovery Mode if:
- The track has been distributed by CD Baby
- The track has been released on Spotify for at least 30 days
- The track has been streamed in Discovery Mode contexts (Spotify Radio, Autoplay, and/or Daily Mix) in the last 7 days.
Discovery Mode Sales
Spotify sales will be reported as normal, but any content that was opted in for Discovery Mode will have a separate “adjustment” entry that says “Spotify Discovery Mode Marketing Fee."