Spotify to Allow Indie Artists to Upload Music Directly to Service, Bypassing Distributors

By Christine Zosche 

On Thursday, Spotify began allowing a select group of independent artists the ability to upload their music directly onto the streaming platform through their Spotify For Artists account, the company announced. (Billboard)

Normally, artists who aren’t signed to a major label (which can directly upload music to Spotify) have to pay a fee to a third-party service like Tunecore to upload their music to Spotify. (The Verge)

The upload feature is currently invite-only for “eligible U.S. artists,” and while Spotify says it will invite more artists over time, it’s unclear what the criteria for eligibility will be. (Fast Company)

The feature is free, and no limits are set on how much music an artist can upload. (Variety)