Spotify Meets Shopify: Turn Your Artist Profile Into a Virtual Merch Table
Easily manage and sell your merch to fans via your artist profile
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[OCTOBER 20, 2021] With 365 million global listeners, Spotify is the world’s most popular audio streaming subscription service — and that makes it the ultimate place for artists to build their fanbases. But fandom is about more than just listening to music; for fans, it means interacting with their favorite artists, nerding out with fellow diehards, singing along to every lyric at shows (whether IRL or virtually), and of course, showing off their dedication with merch.
For artists, that fan support is their lifeblood. That’s why the Spotify for Artists team is focused on developing new tools and resources to help artists turn listeners into fans, fans into superfans, and, ultimately, earn more — not just through music, but also merch, ticketing, tipping, Fans First emails, and more. As part of that ongoing effort, we’re happy to announce a new integration with Shopify giving artists even more opportunity to grow additional revenue streams, like merch.
Selling merch isn’t just about commerce, it’s about connection, too. Shane Cody, drummer for the Indiana-bred alternative/indie band Houndmouth, recognizes it as an important part of the fan experience: “Merch is a connection to the fans on a tangible level,” he says. “Our music is the emotional connection, [so] sharing both on Spotify is essential." And when Houndmouth’s new album, Good For You, drops on Nov. 5, they’ll make the most of the release moment by featuring new merch on their artist profile.
Shopify makes it simple for artists and their teams to manage inventory and control which items are featured on their profiles. (For example, out-of-stock items get automatically removed from your profile.) As soon as you’re ready to drop new merch, you’ll immediately be able to share it with fans and capitalize on your release moments so that they can browse your merch while they stream your new music.
Listing your merch on Spotify with Shopify is easy: All you need to get started is admin access to your Spotify for Artists account and a Shopify store. Simply log in to your Spotify for Artists dashboard on desktop, go to the “Profile” tab, and click “Merch” to get started. From there, you’ll be able to choose the three items from your store you want to feature on your artist profile. Keep in mind that you can only link one Shopify store per artist and vice versa. If you’re not on Shopify yet, we’ve got you covered: Shopify is offering a 90-day free trial to all Spotify artists signing up for the first time.
While any artist globally can link their Shopify store, during this beta period, Shopify merch will only be visible to listeners in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the U.K., and the U.S.
We’re excited to continue investing in new ways for artists to monetize their fanbases on Spotify. So get started today, reach your fans and followers, and make your artist profile a virtual merch table.
October 20, 2021 10:40am ET by Pressparty