Many online music services offer ways for artists to control the presentation of their artist pages and/or directly interact with their users. Some artist programs also offer access to analytics data and insights into fan demographics etc. that may be useful when planning promotional campaigns and tours etc.
In order to maximise the visibility of your releases on these services we strongly recommend that labels facilitate and encourage their artists to create maintain artist profiles on as many of these services as possible.
In most cases these services can be accessed directly by artists through a simple sign-up form. Below is a a list of programs that are currently available to artists and details of how to apply for them.
Spotify for Artists
“Designed to help artists and their teams get the most out of Spotify. Control how listeners see you on Spotify. Update your bio, share your playlists, promote your music all from one place.”Spotify
Spotify for Artists lets artists and their teams access analytics as well as tools to manage the presentation of their Spotify artist page. Artist pages that have been claimed through SfA are indicated by the ‘blue tick’.
To claim a profile you’ll need a Spotify account (a free one is fine). The artist page will be permanently tied to whichever account is used to submit the application so it’s wise to use an account that has been created for this purpose (pick a username that matches the artist name). It’s best practice for the artist to claim the profile themselves. Once approved, the artist is then able to invite other ‘team members’ so that label, management etc. can also access the page.
Apple Music for Artists
Everything you need to understand your music’s impact across Apple Music and iTunes.Apple Music
Amazon Music for Artists
Amazon for Artists is accessed through a dedicated app – available for iOS and Android. The app allows the artist and their team to see streaming performance analytics. Unique to AMfA is a page that provides insight into how users are finding your artist’s music using voice devices.
The process for requesting access to an artist account is also managed entirely within the app so you must first download and install to your device. You will need to sign in with an Amazon account. You may wish to create a new one for this purpose rather than linking to your existing personal account. Complete and submit the form in the app to request access to an artist.
Once Amazon approves the application you’ll receive confirmation by email. You will then be set as an admin for the artist and be able to access the artist’s data. Additional team members can be invited with admin or viewer access levels. Once the artist profile has been claimed anyone else that needs access should request this directly from the admin user rather than using the form.
For labels wishing to request access to a roster of more than 5 artists in bulk, there is a separate process available. Ask your account manager for more information.
YouTube Official Artist Pages
YouTube Official Artist Pages were introduced with the YouTube Music subscription service. They essentially group an artist’s existing YouTube channel together with their artist profile on YouTube Music and their artistVEVO channel (if applicable) so that all of the artists content can be displayed in one place. Subscribers/followers are also merged to create a common subscriber base across the entire Google/YouTube platform.
YouTube Official Artist Channels are indicated by a musical note icon and are given a specific channel layout – displaying the artist’s releases alongside their uploaded videos. You can find out more about YTOAC here.
To be eligible your artist must:
• Own and operate a YouTube channel that represents a single artist or band
• Have at least 3 official releases on YouTube Music delivered by Kudos or another distributor
• Have no policy violations on their channel
• Have at least 1 Official Music Video (or video generated by the Kudos portal) on a channel partnered with Kudos for monetisation.
Artists and labels can apply for access to Deezer Backstage which offers analytics and artist profile customisation. To sign up as a label you will need to enter the UPCs for two products that bear your label name which have been delivered by Kudos to Deezer.
Artist profiles are created automatically when releases have been delivered to Beatport. You’re able to update information on the page using the form below.
Jaxsta is a standalone music credits database. Their Pro subscription tier allows any artist, label, songwriter (or any other credited contributor) to take ownership of their profile and access additional features. Unlike the others on this page it’s not directly linked to any particular digital music service – but Jaxsta allows commercial partners to buy their data for use in their own apps and websites. Use of the Pro tier requires a subscription but there’s a discount code available to friends of Kudos.