Spotify announced this morning that they will be enabling artists to upload their own music to their service directly, bypassing the need for a distributor.
This won’t be a full roll out, available to everyone. Spotify will test this option with a select few independent artists. The initial Beta test have already been completed, so Spotify is moving on to the next step prior to rolling out to the option for all independent artists. The option is currently only available in the U.S. but through your Spotify For Artist accounts you can sign up to be notified when the service will be expanded and offered to more artists.
To read the Billboard magazine article on this announcement CLICK HERE