Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Why It's Important To Verify Your Spotify Artist Account

Many artists have their music on Spotify, but not many know how important it use their artist account as a promotional tool. The first thing you should do is verify your account. How to do that and why it's so important is laid out in this excellent excerpt from Nicholas David's post called The Complete Musician's Guide To Spotify on his Sunshine Promotion website. Here's just one of the promotional tips.

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"In addition to being able to have a pretty blue check mark next to your artist name (see below), there are a few perks to being verified. Whenever you release new music, create a new playlist, or announce an upcoming concert in your listener’s area, followers of your music on Spotify will be notified. If notifying your listeners that you’re playing a show near them isn’t reason enough to get verified, I don’t know what is. Getting verified is easy. Having the patience to wait for their reply may not be…
1. First, you’re going to have to set up a regular-old Spotify “listening” profile for yourself. You can get a free account on this page if you don’t already have one. Create Spotify profile
2. Next, you have to submit your artist profile for verification here: Spotify Verification Request Form 
  • This process involves marrying a Spotify artist page with a personal Spotify account. The two will remain separate after registration (meaning you’ll have an artist page that you have control over, as well as a standard listening account). Spotify needs to verify that you, a personal listener, are also allowed to modify an artist’s page either because you are the artist or you legally represent the artist.
Make sure you have your
  • Artist URI link (which can be found by right clicking on the artist name within Spotify),
  • The username for your personal Spotify profile,
  • 300×300 pixel JPG image (and they say that it shouldn’t be more than 500kb),
  • display name in mind for the profile (meaning your artist name),
  • Twitter account.
  • Profiles will be approved and verified in a couple of weeks.
Since there are lots of artists trying to make it onto Spotify right now, verification may take longer than usual. I’ve seen it take anywhere from 3 days to 2 weeks. Patience in this step is necessary."
Check out more about Spotify for artists at Sunshine Promotion.

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