Historically, songwriters, composers and lyricists’ contributions to the music industry were not fully visible on DSPs. We’re working to resolve this issue and will start requiring that every track have at least one Writer Contributor role (composer, lyricist, or songwriter) during the release creation process, starting in July of 2021. Here’s what you need to know…
New Writer Contributor Requirements
Moving forward, we will be making these fields a requirement during the release creation process. To prepare for these changes in the submission process we request that you begin providing this information when submitting new releases or making updates to existing content.
- The composer and lyricist roles can be provided at the track level when creating or editing your release.
- The composer and lyricist should be the legal name of the individual (not the artist name), and must be formatted as the first and last name.
- This field should not contain aliases or alternate performer names.
✅ Correct: Austin Post
❌ Incorrect: Post Malone
Why? — For a track by the artist Post Malone, the composer/lyricist would instead be “Austin Post” because although he is a performer and goes by Post Malone, his legal name is Austin Post and this is the name that is used in the composer and lyricist fields.
To learn more about these new requirements, click here.