What are your experiences with "Payola" on spotify or other streaming services? As far as I can tell, most of them are free of it.It's strictly forbidden. Still - it exists. I know and experienced "Klangspot" that is demanding a 12€ fee to be heard. Just "to be heard" for the time-costs, no guaranteed playlist add. Still for me it's too much in the grey zone and way too much for listening to one piece. Still the add was effective - "relaxing work music". I'm cool with a return. Curating doesn't mean you have to listen to every piece and answer everybody sending you music. Submithub is doing great in my opinion with paying like 1-3€ for a feedback and possible playlist add within 48 hours. It's also fair to add music - if you like it- of the curator/other composers - called "trading" if forced. Follow/listening to the playlist can be the lowest cost and it's super legit doing so.
I'm opening this thread to talk transparent about it. I've submited music to one playlist called "estudio y concentration" from Paula Caballero. She really told me she's taking a fee of 35€/$ per add in the top 50 for 8 months. I'm not sure if she's really serious about it or only meaning the placement position. Howsoever, while this being easy to do and seductive, this is absolute no go!! This is destroying every fair system around music and playlist support. If she's confirming it, I'm going to report it to spotify. Please always do so, if you experience this. Stay as fair as possible. It's our responsiblity to have it a free place. There are a lot of composers around here in the playlist - some more background about the add would be great to have within such forum. Did you experience anything like that?