Apple Music just released their new beta platform for artists on iTunes! I reserved my spot in the beta a month ago and I recently got an email giving me admin access to my SanaB profile.
You can check it out here: https://artists.apple.com/
I’m pretty sure you can still get a spot if I’m correct. You’ll need these things:
- an iTunes artist profile
- a phone number
- an email address
- an Apple ID
When you sign up, they’ll ask you first for your Apple ID. From there, you’ll need to fill out a form asking for your name, email address, phone number, etc. Important note: When they ask for your label or distribution contact: do not put Amuse (or whatever service you use). This is because a) Amuse says not to in a help article, b) some of the contact info they ask for will not be available on the Amuse site. So, instead, just re-enter your personal info in that slot as Amuse directs.
You’ll then immediately get an email confirming your request. It took me a month after to get another email confirming full access, but that was only because the beta hadn’t released just yet. Now, it has, so the wait time may vary. However, I don’t know for sure so it’ll be helpful if some people here can try that out for us.
Once you get admin access, you’ll get a lot of perks. No, you cannot change your artist profile photo… But you can view detailed stats for your songs on iTunes, similar to the Spotify for Artists dashboard.
(The thing I scribbled out in the upper right corner is my full name).
But here’s my absolute favorite thing: the ability to create Connect posts for your iTunes followers, which is something that a lot of professional artists do on iTunes.
This feature is, as far as I know, only available to artists who have Apple Music and used the same Apple ID for Apple Music as the one they used to sign up for this beta.
If the above applies to you, when you open Apple Music on your mobile device and click the “For You” tab, you’ll be able to find a a button in the upper right corner next to your non-artist profile icon (in the following photo, the flower) that looks like a pencil on paper.
Once you click on that, it prompts up an empty post you can fill out with anything you’d like to show to your iTunes followers. (I don’t have many followers on iTunes anyways but idc lol.)
You can include images, and text (of course). You can also decide whether you want the post to appear as if coming from your full name or artist name.
Once you’ve published your post, it’ll come up in your For You feed as well as the feed of your followers.
Along with this, you can also add playlists to your profile. If you go to the Library tab, you’ll find a folder that says “Admin” on the top.
If I open that tab, tap on my artist name, and click “new playlist,” I get the option to create a playlist that can showcase my latest music or someone else’s latest music. It also allows you to choose the cover art and choose whether or not you want it to display on your public artist profile.
If you have an Apple Music account, you’ll know that you can already create your own playlists. However, this allows you to make playlists that can be found on your public Artist profile. That’s pretty sweet!
These are all the perks I’ve noticed that come with getting artist access on iTunes. I hope this helped y’all decide if you want to do it or not!
P.S., if you guys are interested in getting your pfp in iTunes, at the moment Apple and Amuse don’t do it, as I was told in a support email. Amuse is looking into releasing the feature soon, but for now, you cannot unless you have released with another distribution service (repost network, etc.) I have, with the label Frontier, so I have contacted them about that and my photo is getting in iTunes soon. So if you use a different distribution service even for just one of your songs, you should probably email their support about this!