Spotify Launches COVID-19 Music Relief Efforts

Spotify has revealed two initiatives aimed at helping the music community cope with the effects of business loss in the wake of the coronavirus, including the launch of the COVID-19 Music Relief Project, as well as an addition to the service’s Spotify for Artists feature.

The service announced it will be donating funds to organizations including MusiCares, Help Musicians and the PRS Foundation, and that it will also match donations made via its website, with Spotify contributing up to $10 million.

The full initiatives were announced on Spotify’s blog Wednesday morning (March 25).

See the full text below:

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Spotify has engaged partners across the industry to discuss how we can support artists and the creative community who have been deeply impacted by the effects of the virus. Though streaming continues to play a key role in connecting creators with their fans, numerous other sources of revenue have been interrupted or stopped altogether by this crisis.

Spotify COVID-19 Music Relief

Today we launched the Spotify COVID-19 Music Relief project, which recommends verified organizations that offer financial relief to those in the music community most in need around the world. To begin, we’re partnering with MusiCares, PRS Foundation, and Help Musicians, and are looking forward to adding more partners worldwide. Spotify is making a donation to these organizations and will match donations made via the Spotify COVID-19 Music Relief page dollar-for-dollar up to a total Spotify contribution of $10 million.

If you are interested in learning more about how to contribute, visit our website. If you’re a music industry professional in need, we encourage you to visit our partners’ sites for information on applying for relief.

A New Spotify for Artists Feature

We’re also working diligently to launch a feature that will enable artists to fundraise directly from fans during this challenging time. Soon, we will give artists the ability to drive listeners to a fundraising destination of their choice on their Spotify artist profile pages.

This will give artists on Spotify the ability to link out to a verified funding page for themselves, for another artist in need, or for a separate initiative of their choice. (This feature will, of course, be optional for artists to leverage; no changes will be made to profile pages unless the artist chooses to participate, and Spotify will not take a cut of any contributions.)

If you’re a Spotify for Artists user interested in this feature, please sign up here, and we will email you when it’s ready — or follow us on Twitter.

Programs from Spotify Creator Tools

For those continuing to create at home, music talent marketplace SoundBetter is waiving its revenue share for the next 30 days, cloud-based audio recording platform Soundtrap will offer extended free trials for educators, and Anchor will waive fees on its Listener Support feature.

Combatting the impact of this pandemic on the music industry will take a massive global effort, and we are working quickly to assemble and optimize these new resources. We will share additional details and updates as soon as we have them. To learn more about Spotify’s broader efforts to address COVID-19, on-platform and off, please visit For the Record.

 

 

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