Here's How Much You Can Make As An Artist Via Streaming Or Selling Your Music

Posted at July 28th, 2017 | by Yash Vikram Singh | in Entertainment, Featured, News

Everyone talks about how awesome it is to screw everything and follow your dreams and while it is enlightening it’s not all rainbows and sunshine. It takes a boat load of work and artists have to go through a lot of struggle to make it. Revenue earned on releasing music is the top most source of earning a living for artists and we break it down on how much they actually earn. We’ve got the numbers below.



Money Making Factors

To make proper calculations, the following info was gathered…

-Artist revenue per play
-Total users (millions) per platform
-Percentage of free users on the platform
-Plays needed to earn minimum monthly wage ($1,472)
-Total annual loss reported by the streaming platform
-Annual loss per user

As you can see streaming payouts are pretty high-up on the list. And they’re not exactly inclined to have artists rolling in the green.

Best Music Streaming Payout

Highest revenue per play…

1st: Napster / $0.0167 per play
2nd: TIDAL / $0.0110 per play
3rd: Apple Music / $0.0064 per play
4th: Google Play / $0.0059 per play
5th: Deezer / $0.0056 per play
6th: Spotify / $0.0038 per play
7th: Pandora / $0.0011 per play
8th: YouTube / $0.0006 per play


As for the sadder reality, here are the minimum number of plays needed to make minimum wage and survive.

To reach minimum wage:

Napster / 90,000 plays
TIDAL / 130,000 plays
Apple Music / 230,000 plays
Google Play Music / 250,000 plays
Deezer / 260,000 plays
Spotify / 380,000 plays
Pandora / 1.2 million plays
YouTube / 2.4 million plays


Source: YourEDM

Yash Vikram Singh


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