Spotify started the test the beta feature for almost a year ago. This feature allows independent artists to upload their music directly to the platform. Spotify beta for artists was initially a direct-upload test for unsigned artists giving them a way to introduce their music and get paid.
The music streaming service will stop accepting uploads from the program starting July 30. Upon closure, Spotify notified the participating artist about the decision.
“The most impactful way we can improve the experience of delivering music to Spotify for as many artists and labels as possible is to lean into the great work our distribution partners are already doing to serve the artist community. Over the past year, we’ve vastly improved our work with distribution partners to ensure metadata quality, protect artists from infringement, provide their users with instant access to Spotify for Artists, and more,” Spotify stated on a blog post.
Spotify also assured the artist that they will help them migrate their music to other distributors.
“The best way for us to serve artists and labels is to focus our resources on developing tools in areas where Spotify can uniquely benefit them — like Spotify for Artists (which more than 300,000 creators use to gain new insight into their audience) and our playlist submission tool (which more than 36,000 artists have used to get playlisted for the very first time since it launched a year ago). We have a lot more planned here in the coming months”, Spotify continued.
Artists who uploaded and released music through the program should Review Spotify’s FAQ and keep an eye to their email, said Spotify. The platform also gave gratitude to all of its participating artists saying, “Thank you to the artists who participated in our upload beta. We’re incredibly proud to have played a small part in the music they released. Spotify wouldn’t be what it is today without artists and labels who are willing to collaborate with us to build a better experience for creators and listeners.”