Mythbusting Part 3: Do Musicians Make Any Money from Selling Recordings?


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A fantastic bit of research,

Submitted by Neil Cartwright (not verified) on December 19, 2012 - 4:33am.

A fantastic bit of research, yet again. It's incredible to know the vast majority of musicians make less than 10% of their revenue from music sales. One questions - you mention "digital performance royalties". Do you mean like publishing performance royalties or pay-per-play royalties from sites like Spotify, YouTube etc?

Hi Neil. The digital

Submitted by Kristin on December 23, 2012 - 12:01pm.

Hi Neil. The digital performance royalties data is based on the use of the sound recording (not the composition). So we're asking about non-interactive services -- webcasting and satellite radio. This includes Pandora and Sirius XM. Royalties are paid to performers by SoundExchange.

But we asked separate questions about the interactive service payments, which includes Spotify, Rhapsody, Rdio, Deezer. MOG. The charts are here:

We also have data about the composition side for these services as well. It's not included in this report. We hope to publish some of it this spring.

RE: YouTube. We could only ask very basic questions about YouTube money -- like "have you ever received any money from YouTube Partner Program?" because frankly, it's very complex. (FYI, 1.3% of survey respondents had received money from YT's partner program. N=5371.)

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