How to verify Artist profile on Spotify

Mathew Ekundayo - BLOG

Verifying your artist profile is the most important thing you can do on Spotify. Learn How to verify Artist profile on Spotify. 

Being a verified artist on Spotify means a lot more than just getting a little blue check by your name. As an artist, Spotify verification opens the door to additional features and profile control.

Getting verified on Spotify allows you to access Spotify for Artists, which is an essential step to growing your audience and succeeding on one of the most important streaming platforms in the world. Few artists who’ve seen success on Spotify have done so without first verifying their artist profile. 


How to verify Artist profile on Spotify

Why should I verify my artist on Spotify?

Spotify artist verification is important for a few reasons. Perhaps the most important has to do with playlisting. Imagine all your followers being able to hear your new playlist or track at once with a single share. It is possible with verification. You will now be able to update your fans personally every time you have something new to share. You have all your fans at your fingertips.

For starters, that slick blue checkmark proves to listeners, playlisters, and Spotify’s editorial team that you actually give a damn. Plus, becoming a “Verified Artist” on Spotify allows you to better understand your fans, brand your artist profile, and even sell merch or concert tickets. 


Once you’ve become a verified artist on Spotify, you can:

  • Share playlists directly with your fans
  • Update your artist bio on Spotify
  • Customize your artist profile image(s)
  • Access analytics for all your songs
  • Pitch your songs to Spotify’s editors for playlist consideration
  • Pin songs, albums, playlists, or events to the top of your profile with a custom photo
  • List tour dates
  • And more...



How do I verify my Spotify artist page?

To become a verified artist on Spotify, you must:

  1. Distribute music to Spotify:
    First of all, you’ll, of course, need to release your music, if you haven't yet, You'll need to have music on Spotify to get verified. It doesn’t matter how many followers you have, if your tracks are on there, you're ready to apply for Spotify verification. 

    If you’ve made great music, but it’s not on Spotify yet, you can learn how to get music on Spotify here. In case your songs are not on Spotify yet, please check our distribution service here!

    We deliver your music to more shops than many other distributors. Get your music on Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, Google Play, Tidal, Deezer, Pandora and everywhere else that matters. Our reach is already beyond 140 countries and growing to automatically include new stores as they become available. As our retailer list grows, so does your exposure to music fans around the world!

  2. Verify your artist profile with Spotify:
    You can do that here. No more specific forms to fill in. From there you can also create playlists, update your visuals and check your streaming analytics, which is very useful to see where you are in terms of plays and fans.

    Once your request is granted, your artist profile will get the verified check mark and you'll get access to a number of great new benefits.

    Spotify makes it convenient to log in to your artist account whether you’re in front of a computer or on your phone. There are two ways to access your Spotify for Artists account:
  • Desktop site  A fully featured web page complete with guides, an FAQ, and even a blog for news and updates.
  • Mobile app — A minimal but no less helpful application where you can track your stats, see information on listeners, and manage your profile. The Spotify for Artists mobile app is available on iOS and Android.



How to customize your Spotify artist profile

Within your Spotify for Artists account, you can customize your:

  • Artist bio — Introduce yourself and your music to your audience. This is your chance to connect with followers and potential new fans on an artistic and personal level, so write from the heart!
  • Artist photos — These aren’t just important for your fans to know what you look like; your artist photos are also used in Release Radar emails, playlists, and other kinds of content that Spotify may share with listeners. So make sure they can actually put a face to the name in that tiny circle! 
  • Links to social media profiles — You can post links to your profiles on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and even Wikipedia. Those will appear in the About tab on your artist profile.



How to get a Songwriter Page on Spotify

Spotify has taken a big introductory step - they announced the beta-launch of Songwriter Pages and corresponding “written by” playlists. This will make it easier to find tracks by a particular writer, help listeners dive deeper into a songwriter’s catalog, and potentially boost the profile of artists who’ve had more commercial success writing for others.

Just go HERE to fill out an online form. It’s pretty easy — and by easy, I mean it’ll take you a minute to fill out. No guarantees Spotify will quickly grant your request, of course!

But you absolutely should fill out that request form if you’re a songwriter. Whether this kind of feature helps you gain 60 or 600,000 extra streams in the future, it’s the kind of thing that WILL help fans build a deeper appreciation for your work.



What To Do When Your Music Is Showing on Another Artists' Page on Spotify?

This happens often, especially when artists release music under the exact same name, as it is difficult for a store's algorithms to tell the difference between an artist named Sam from Nigeria and Sam from the USA.

We send all information to the stores exactly as you enter it when creating your release, so any mixups are unfortunately an issue in the store's systems - but not to worry! The steps to getting your music on the correct profile are very simple.

  1. Go to the Spotify Metadata Feedback portal
  2. Enter the link to the release that was placed on the incorrect artist profile as well as a link to the artist profile that the album should go
  3. If you are a new artist you can specify so in the Extra Information field and Spotify will create a brand new artist profile for your release
  4. Click Submit at the bottom of the form. Spotify will respond within 24-72 business hours.



How to Pitch your music to Spotify playlist curators

There’s a formalized process for submitting your music to Spotify playlist curators, and you can do it right inside your Spotify for Artists account! This same process also guarantees that your new music will be added to your Spotify followers’ Release Radar playlists. 



Reading and Analyzing Your Artist Data on Spotify

You can view quick, basic details of your music’s performance on Spotify in your Spotify for Artists account. But you can also see advanced data that can be extremely valuable in finding where your audiences may be clustered or information that improves the targeting of your promotional efforts.

With Spotify for Artists, you can view in-depth stats like:

  • Streams, listeners, and followers over the past seven days, 28 days, and all-time
  • Real-time listeners
  • Top songs
  • Top playlists
  • Source of streams for your songs
  • Regions where your songs are streaming
  • Demographics like gender, age, and location
  • What artists your listeners also liked

As you can see, there are TONS of options on Spotify for Artists for customizing your artist profile, viewing stats, and earning more money from streams and elsewhere. Verifying your Spotify artist profile is just the beginning, it only takes a few minutes. So do it!


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