- Below are the 5 steps you have to take
- Advantages of TuneCore
- What should you keep in mind?
Are you reading this in 2020? Great news! We’ve recently updated this article to make clear to you as an artist how to do this quickly and easily.
To start off, is it difficult? Not at all!
There are a few things you need to take into consideration, after which you can make the right decision.
Below are the 5 steps you have to take
Step 1: Spotify Artist Profile
The essential first step in our opinion is creating a Spotify Artist Profile. This gives you a page, which provides insight into statistics and allows you to manage your profile. Spotify has recently released a function that allows you to directly pitch your song to Spotify playlist curators, more about that later.
So, first of all, you have to set up your Spotify Artist Profile, that is the most essential step after all.
Step 1: Choose a music distributor (aggregator)
It’s not yet possible to upload your music to Spotify directly. You have to work with a music distributor. If you’re not with a publisher or label, you have to create an account with a Spotify Aggregator. These are services that function as an intermediary between you and Spotify and allow you to put your music on Spotify.
There are a lot of companies nowadays that allow you to do this, but not all of them equally credible. There are a few companies that have created an entire platform that is easy to use and gives you direct insight into your statistics. This is much easier to deal with and gives you a much clearer picture.
We use TuneCore, TuneCore costs $9.99 per year per single and $29.99 per year per album. This is quite cheap when you take into account the high level of service they provide!
Step 2: UPC and ISRC-codes
TuneCore makes sure these codes are automatically generated if you don’t have them. It’s included in the price. This is a unique code that each product or song needs for music distribution.
Step 3: Filling in the right metadata
You have to fill in a certain set of data using TuneCore, this is a fairly simple process. Create an account and it shows you what it requires.
- Song itself in 16-bit (sample size), 44.1kHz (sample rate) in a .wav file
- Release date
- Spotify release date
Step 4: Monitoring (Promote your music)
If you're really looking to get serious with streaming as an artist, make sure you use a decent service that provides more than just uploading. With TuneCore, you’ll have a vast set of tools that help you as an artist.
After you create an account there are so many options that you can take it in any direction you want. An essential part is monitoring your statistics, you can do this via TuneCore or via Spotify for Artists. TuneCore has a few promotional services for different platforms like, YouTube Monetization, Facebook Music, TuneCore Social App, and other Artist Services.
Check out how many streams you get and how much income you manage to generate with it!
Step 5: Spotify Artist Profile
The Spotify Artist Profile gives you a page, which provides insight into statistics and allows you to manage your profile. Spotify has recently released a function that allows you to directly pitch your song to Spotify playlist curators, more about that later.
Advantages of TuneCore
- Loads of functions for musicians
- Maintain the rights over your music
- Low price for uploading music
- Expansive statistics
- A commission-based program of 50% if you invite a friend
- A vast database of information
- The good thing about TuneCore is that they don’t take a percentage in sales; you only pay for uploading. All the revenue generated from your music goes directly back to you!
What should you keep in mind?
Below a few things you need to keep in mind before you start uploading music!
- You’ll maintain the rights to your own songs
- If you use samples, the owners of those samples need to give permission for you to use them
- You maintain the rights to your cover art
- Make sure you enter the data correctly so that your songs don’t get listed under a different artists name