Where does Spotify distribute your music?

Spotify is currently available in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States, and more, therefore your music can be streamed all over the world!

How does Spotify sell your music?

Spotify sells your music via paid streams, which give users streaming access. Spotify users can choose either a free, ad-funded version, or a subscription option for ad-free listening and access to Spotify on their mobile phones.

How much money will you make from Spotify sales?

Honestly, Spotify isn’t the distribution service you use to make money, it’s there to gain fans. Spotify has deals with rightsholders in all of its launch countries, which works by a royalty based on how frequently your music gets played so that each stream earns you a share of Spotify’s advertising revenue. It’s estimated that Spotify pays out $0.0038 per stream to usigned artists, meaning that you would need 380,000 plays to earn minimum wage!

How can you gain more streams? 

Once your music is on Spotify, start sharing your music as much as possible on socials and blogs. Getting your music out there is extremely difficult on Spotify as it’s such a competitive market, however gaining placement on Spotify playlists can boost your streams and fanbase dramatically, hacking into the Spotify algorithm so that you eventually make it onto Top Recommendations and Weekly Discovery playlists. Gaining placement on Spotify playlists yourself can be hard so companies such as Burstimo offer services where they can pitch your music to thousands of suitable playlists, boosting your streams by hundreds of thousands. You can read more about Burstimo here – or follow their socials @BurstimoMusic.

Guest post by Maddy McClennan

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