Changing your stage name or rebranding slightly after initially releasing music can be desired if you’re changing your creative direction or want to set yourself apart in a sea of artists with similar names. Artist name changes can cause a variety of issues with sales data and other forms of reporting, so it’s important that we assess the situation first. You should get in touch with the team via the Portal.
There are a few key things to keep in mind when considering to action an artist name change:
- Merging artist pages on Spotify, or any other service, isn’t something we can do as part of the standard AWAL agreement, so you’ll be starting from scratch with a new artist page no matter how small the name change is.
- Our processes take into consideration all the digital music services we work with, and our Community Support Team will be able to advise on how we can handle your artist name change. Please have new artwork ready.
- We may be able to edit the existing products to update the artist name – it all depends on the severity of the name change.
- If we can’t edit the existing products you’ll need to re-upload from scratch, allowing us to assign new ISRCs and a new UPC. Due to the severity of the name change and the fact it’s a brand-new product, it’s unlikely that stream counts will merge – this is something to be super aware of before changing to a wildly different artist name.