The music streaming giant announced in a press release that it will let independent artists directly upload their music to the platform under their Spotify for Artists program. The new feature will allow users to "plan the perfect release date," glance at a preview of how their music will appear on the site, and be "in full control of your metadata with simple and quick edits." It will also allow users to receive money from streams on a monthly basis. They'll also have access to a report to show "how much your streams are earning." Spotify promises to not charge "any fees or commissions no matter how frequently [the user releases] music." The service also said uploading music will be free for "all artists."
"We worked with a handful of independent artists—like Noname, Michael Brun, VIAA, and Hot Shade—to make sure we kept your needs in mind," read a press statement on the feature. "Their feedback was instrumental in shaping the feature, and now we’re ready to see how a wider range of artists will put it to use."
At this time, the program, which is in a beta stage, is open to a "few hundred US-based independent artists" who have been tapped to participate in the program, but Spotify says they'll be opening the feature to more artists in the future. For those who want to get their foot in the Spotify door, the streaming platform urges users to sign up for their mailing list to be the first to hear about any new developments about the feature.