When distributing music to the many different streaming outlets like Spotify, Apple Music, SoundCloud etc., your specific band or artist name can sometimes be associated with a different band or artist profile with the same name. Unfortunately, this is outside the control of DIY music distribution services. Thankfully, you can protect this from happening with your music on Spotify, Apple Music, and SoundCloud—all within AvidPlay.
Until all streaming outlets come together and standardize on associating artist IDs, here are some guidelines to follow and make sure it doesn’t happen to you on Spotify, Apple Music, and SoundCloud. Plus, find out where to go to resolve incorrect name associations for other streaming outlets.
How to Find Your Spotify Artist ID
Spotify supports three URIs (Uniform Resource Indicator), which are unique identifiers associated with an artist, album, and song. To ensure your music is associated properly…
- To copy your artist ID, go to the Spotify app (not from a web browser) and Copy your Artist URI from the menu option and paste it into your artist profile within AvidPlay.
- In AvidPlay under your Artist profile, click the “Outlet Profile” button and paste in the artist URI in the Spotify Profile URI field (e.g., spotify:artist:3nfg89l3ucJJSadgkT2sEB).
- Click Save and all music distributed to Spotify will now always be associated with the correct artist on Spotify.
How to Find Your Apple Music ARtist ID
Apple Music supports an Artist ID/URL in both iTunes and Apple Music with which you can associate all your AvidPlay-distributed music. To find your Apple Music Artist ID…
Note: Shazam will also use you Apple Artist ID to ensure your music is associated with the correct artist/band on their platform.
- Search for your artist name in the iTunes Music Store or in Apple Music.
- To copy your artist ID, select your artist name, click on the menu (•••) next to your name, and select “Copy Link.”
- In AvidPlay under your Artist profile, click the “Outlet Profile” button and paste in the last 7-10 digits of the URL string (e.g., https://music.apple.com/us/artist/rob-damico/1496169210).
How to Find Your Soundcloud Artist ID
SoundCloud supports artist ID/URLs to protect your music from being associated with other artists by accident. In the latest update to AvidPlay, you can now enter your SoundCloud artist ID in your AvidPlay artist profile, so music distributed will be properly associated.
To find your SoundCloud Artist ID…
- Search for your artist name in SoundCloud.
- Click on your artist name to enter your artist profile page.
- Click on the “Share” button below your profile image and copy the artist ID URL in the resulting popup window.
- In AvidPlay under your Artist profile, click on the “Outlet Profile” button and paste in the URL (e.g., https://soundcloud.com/robdamico-music).
My Music Is Associated with the Wrong Artist on Other Streaming Platforms—How Do I Fix It?
For other outlets that don’t support unique artist IDs, here are some tips on how to resolve your music distribution from being associated with the incorrect artist.
How to fix association problems on Amazon Music
In the Amazon Music for Artists app, go to Settings and provide the following…
- Your artist name
- Your artist detail page link (either from within Amazon Music or the Amazon website)
- A list of albums that should appear in your profile and/or the list of albums that should NOT be in your profile
How to fix association problems on Tidal
How to fix artist association problems on Pandora
Visit the Pandora Playbook for help.
How to fix artist association problems on Deezer
How to fix artist association problems on Napster
Submit a help request.
How to fix association problems on iHeartRadio
How to fix artist association problems on Anghami
Visit dash.anghami.com, then click "Claim your profile" and follow the directions.