How To Create A Spotify Artist Account & Become An Artist On Spotify

By Matthew Vultaggio

March 2, 2021

Learning how to create an official Spotify artist account is super easy once you know the exact steps to follow. In this article, I’ll show you how to get set up with an Spotify artist profile.

To create a Spotify artist account, you need to already have music on Spotify and then claim your artist profile via your music distributor or directly from the Spotify For Artists’ claim page.

The very first step in creating your very own Spotify artist account is to actually get your music up on Spotify (thankfully this is way easier to do today if you have not yet completed this step).

Next, there are 2 methods to claiming your Spotify artist profile. These are:

  1. Through your music distributor
  2. Manually claiming your profile with Spotify

Continue reading to learn how to claim your Artist profile with both methods and which method is fastest and easiest.

Creating Your Spotify Artist Account

There are only 3 steps you need to follow to create an official Spotify artist account of your own.

  1. Submit your music to Spotify via a music distributor
  2. Wait for your music to be “ingested” by Spotify
  3. Claim your Spotify Artist Profile using one of the methods listed here

If you already have music live on Spotify, then you can skip right on over to Step 3.

If you are brand new to this process, then don’t worry, it is super easy to upload to Spotify as an artist.

Step 1 – How To Get Set Up With A Music Distributor

Thanks to new music distribution companies like DistroKid, it is now incredibly easy (and cheap) to get your music live on Spotify and other streaming services.

To upload to Spotify as an artist, you need to sign up with one of Spotify’s preferred music distributors and submit your music, artwork, and artist information through that distributor.

I personally use and recommend DistroKid, and you can learn all about them in my big fat DistroKid review.

I think DK is a gamechanger because they allow you to have unlimited song uploads for a small annual fee instead of having to pay per release.

With that said, it’s always a good idea to do some research, so here are some other popular music distributors that I’ve compared to DistroKid for you:

Step 2 – Submit Your Music

Now that you’ve chosen the right music distributor for you, the next step is to use them to get your music sent off to Spotify.

Regardless of the distributor you choose, there is usually a simple digital form where you:

  • Fill out your song’s details
  • Upload your music
  • Upload your artwork
  • Select which streaming services and stores you would like your music to appear.

In most cases, it will take Spotify 3 to 4 days to “ingest” your music and have it appear in the Spotify backend. To learn more about this process, check out my article on DistroKid wait times.

NOTE: You need to confirm that your music is live on Spotify before continuing to the next step!

Step 3 – Claim Your Profile

Once you have confirmed that your music is indeed live on Spotify, all you need to do is “claim” your Spotify artist profile.

As I mentioned earlier, there are 2 ways to do this:

  1. Through your music distributor
  2. Manually claiming your profile with Spotify

The fastest and easiest way to do this is by using your music distributor (this is why it is important to select a distributor that is on Spotify’s preferred list).

However, I’ll go through each method for you. 🙂

Method 1 – Music distributor

By far the easiest way to claim your Spotify artist profile is with your music distributor, so I would easily recommend this method.

What distributors can give instant access?

Spotify put together a list of preferred music distributors that can give you instant access. The top names on this list are:

How to do it

Once you have submitted your music to Spotify using one of them, it is quite easy to get instant access in your music distributors backend.

In most cases, all you need to do is click a few buttons.

For a detailed look into how to do this with DistroKid, check out my article: Does DistroKid Make A Spotify Account For You?

Method 2 – Manually on Spotify

The 2nd option to create a Spotify artist profile is to claim your profile manually on Spotify.

However, this method isn’t recommended because it takes longer and requires more work on your part.

How to do it

To claim a Spotify artist profile on Spotify, simply begin the process by visiting artists.spotify.com/claim. Just make sure that you have music on Spotify first or have recently submitted your first release.

After visiting the Spotify Claim Page above, it is really just a simple matter of following the instructions given to you on that page. 🙂

What Are The Benefits Of A Spotify Artist Profile?

There are quite a few great reasons that you should claim your Spotify artist profile, and making your project look more official is only a small one!

With a Spotify artist account, you have the ability to:

  • Update your profile picture, biography, and social links
  • Choose an “Artist Pick” (a song, album, or playlist that shows up at the top)
  • Get access to enhanced data and analytics in the Spotify For Artists dashboard
  • Choose a “Fundraising Pick” (a charity or straight-to-artist donation option)
  • The ability to pitch your music to Spotify editors to get on lucrative Spotify editorial playlists

In addition to this, you will also get a blue verified checkmark beside your artist name and access to new features like Spotify Canvas.

How To Get The Most Out Of Your Spotify Artist Account

Spotify is awesome because they have so many different ways for artists to grow their streams and start seeing success in the world of streaming.

The Spotify artist account is great because it allows you to access some new features and really dig into your data.

A key feature that you get access to is the ability to pitch your music to Spotify editors.

You may already know that editorial playlists are the holy grail of playlist placement but did you know Spotify offers other types of playlists and that there is a way you can start to get the editor’s attention?

Spotify also has a growing number of algorithmic playlists and getting on any of these algorithmic or editorial playlists will significantly increase the number of streams you see.

So how do you get on these bad boys?

The honest secret is this…

Release music often.

This is exactly why I really think it is important to choose a music distributor that provides unlimited song uploads for a small fee, like DistroKid.

Otherwise, releasing lots of music can get real expensive, real quick.

How do I know this?


I’ve done this myself by releasing my own music on a monthly basis.

At first, I started getting on some Algorithmic playlists and slowly that caught the attention of the Spotify editors.

I’ve now gotten my music on over 10 official Spotify editorial playlists and have racked up over 2 million streams.

If you want to know how I did this in detail, I put together a free course called the 6 Secrets To Spotify Success.

In this free course, I cover:

  • How to get the most out of your latest release, overnight
  • The exact step-by-step process of how to build a music marketing strategy required to make you sweet streams
  • How to grow your Spotify streams, monthly listeners, and fans even if you’re totally new

If that sounds neat to you, then check out the 6 Secrets To Spotify Success, for more.

Otherwise, good luck on your next release, my friend! 🙂

Things To Know About Spotify Artist Accounts

Here are some extra things to know about Spotify accounts that you may find useful:

  • You do not need a free or premium Spotify listener account to create a Spotify Artist Account
  • The Spotify Artist Account is separate from the Spotify listener accounts
  • The blue verified checkmark will show up on your artist profile only (nothing changes on your listener account)
  • You can not create playlists with your Spotify artist account (you need to make them with a listener account and then add it to your profile via the Spotify For Artists dashboard)
  • Not every Artist account is the same (some distributors may get access to new features early for example)
  • The only way to pitch to Spotify editors is via the Spotify For Artist dashboard
  • You can reach out to Spotify support via the Spotify For Artists dashboard and ask for your listener account to be upgraded so that you can add links in the description of your playlists

Hopefully, you found these tips helpful! I’ll try to add more over time as well. 🙂

Some of my favorite music marketing tools

Thank you for reading this article, my friend, and I hope you found it helpful as you build your own successful career in music. 🙂

Here is a list of my favorite and most recommended tools and resources that I’ve personally used to get my music streamed over 4,000,000 times on Spotify as an artist.

Any of the paid services or tools listed here are most likely affiliate links, so if you do decide to use any of them, I’ll earn a small commission.

But in all honesty, these are the exact tools that I personally use, love, and recommend to anyone – including my own friends and family.

Music Distribution

To get your music on Spotify on all the other streaming services, I use DistroKid because you get unlimited song uploads for a low annual price.

If you want to learn more about DistroKid and music distribution, check out the in-depth DistroKid review that I’ve put together.

Or, if you want to get started with DistroKid right now, you can save on your first year with the DistroKid discount.

Facebook Ads For Spotify Success

Although Facebook Ads can be a real pain to get working properly, there is no denying that they are incredible for growing Spotify streams and getting your music in front of real fans.

This is why I’ve put together a completely free course that you can check out called Facebook Ads For Musicians’ Spotify Streams. 🙂

Music Publishing Royalties Collection

For collecting all of the publishing, mechanical, and live performance royalties owed to me whenever my music gets streamed or played, my go-to is Songtrust.

Songtrust is a publishing administration company which means that in addition to collecting all of those royalties for me, they do it on a global level.

To learn if Songtrust is right for you, I’d recommend checking out this article on Songtrust vs BMI.

And if you want to get started with Songtrust right now, I’d recommend learning about the Songtrust discount code so that you can get the best price. 🙂

Website & Smart Links

I’m personally not a big fan of the link-in-bio and smart links for music pages like ToneDen and Hyppeddit.

Instead, I prefer having a full-blown WordPress website that allows me to have a full website in addition to unlimited music links.

For getting started with this, I really like Bluehost because it is the cheapest and a theme called Thrive Themes because it is the most flexible and easiest to use.

I’ve actually created a free Smart Links Course that you can take to learn how to get set up and start getting more streams with custom smart links (I’ve even included the templates I am using!).

Want more tools and resources for your music career?

If you’d like to see even more of my favorite marketing tools and resources for musicians and music artists, I’ve created an even larger list on this page: Best Marketing Tools & Resources For Musicians (& Music Artists).

P.S. There are even some free tools and resources included on that page as well! 🙂

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