What IS Artist Central?
Artist Central is a component of Amazon.com. It is a website where the music industry (artists, record labels and managers) can upload content for publication on www.amazon.com and other online properties, including on Amazon Artist Stores (Reference).
How do I upload content to Artist Central?
If you are a musician, record label or manager representing a musician with music for sale on www.amazon.com, you are eligible to submit content to Artist Central. The first step is to click the “sign in” button on the Artist Central home page. Following is an overview of the process:
Once you have signed in, click “Claim an artist” to get started. You will then be asked to identify the specific artist you are claiming.
Amazon.com will search its on-line store to verify that the artist is setup to sell music on its site. If an artist with the search criteria is found, the site will ask you to verify your claim of being the spokesperson for the artist.
How can I verify my claim?
After you make the claim that you are authorized to speak on behalf of the artist, and, for signed artists, that you have the permission of your record label to use Artist Central, Amazon.com will verify your claim. For Eclectic Verve, Amazon.com requested two validations: an e-mail address with the band’s domain name and an e-mail from our MySpace e-mail account. While Amazon.com is verifying your claim, you will see a ‘Pending’ status on the ‘Your Artists’ page. Clicking through to the artist will detail the current progress with the verification process. It took 3 days to setup Eclectic Verve’s Artist Store. Although Amazon.com indicated it might take up to 7 days.
I’m approved, now what?
Once your claim has been approved, you will receive an e-mail from Amazon.com informing you that you have been approved. You are then able to log into your dashboard and begin uploading content.
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