Musician Digital Royalties 2015 (PUBLIC)
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platformartist dealformatRetail priceTo earn min wage: solo musicianlabel cutdistributor + retailerartist+writer cutnoteplays 2nd calcstreaming site subscribersvalue index 2sourceNotesvalue index 1
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before taxsales / plays per monthartist revenuesee 2015 full for working and sources.(plays needed / subscribers)(subscribers / no. of plays to hit minimum wage)(subscribers * price per stream)
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US minimum wage: approx. $1,260 (40-hour week at Federal Wage baseline 2013 of $7.25 / hour, varies by state)$$1,260.00$Manufacturing and production costs are included in label cut for label artists and artist cut for DIY artists
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Self-distributed album CDDIY artistAlbum CD$12.00105$12.0000000000100%
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Album download via a distributorDIY artistAlbum download$9.99140$8.9903000000.100070070190.0%average of iTunes via ReverbNation, CD Baby, TuneCore
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Bandcamp - Album downloadDIY artistAlbum download$10.00148$8.50000000015%85.0%
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CD Baby - Album CDDIY artistAlbum CD$12.00159$7.92000000033%66%Source: http://members.cdbaby.com/cdbaby-vs-tunecore.aspx
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iTunes - Album download via a distributorDIY artistAlbum download$9.99210$5.9900000040%60.0%iTunes takes approximately 30%, distributor (eg ReverbNation, CDBaby, TuneCore etc) approximately 10%
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retail album CD (average royalty deal)with record label & publishing companywith record label & publishing company$12.00457$2.7647%30%23%Sources: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-23840744 http://www.theguardian.com/music/shortcuts/2013/jul/15/spotify-musicians-money-thom-yorkeCalculations0.7000#VALUE!http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-23840744http://www.theguardian.com/music/shortcuts/2013/jul/15/spotify-musicians-money-thom-yorke
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retail album CD (high-end royalty deal)with label & publishing companyAlbum CD$12.001,050$1.2000000020%17%10%If it's a major label the label sometimes will distribute themselves; if it's indie it's 12-24% - see http://www.billboard.com/biz/articles/news/digital-and-mobile/1565541/how-five-indie-labels-are-trying-to-change-the-major.
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iTunes - Album downloadwith label & publishing companyAlbum download$9.99548$2.2977000047%30%23.0%Source: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/the-new-economics-of-the-music-industry-20111025?page=2 /
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iTunes - Single track downloadDIY artistSingle track download$0.991,826$0.69000000030%70.0%average of CD Baby, TuneCore, ReverbNation
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retail album CD (average royalty deal - old figure)with label & publishing companyAlbum CD$12.001,615$0.7800000023%18%7%If it's a major label the label sometimes will distribute themselves; if it's indie it's 12-24% - see http://www.billboard.com/biz/articles/news/digital-and-mobile/1565541/how-five-indie-labels-are-trying-to-change-the-major.
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retail album CD (low royalty deal)with label & publishing companyAlbum CD$12.004,200$0.3000000027%18%3%If it's a major label the label sometimes will distribute themselves; if it's indie it's 12-24% - see http://www.billboard.com/biz/articles/news/digital-and-mobile/1565541/how-five-indie-labels-are-trying-to-change-the-major.
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Amazon MP3with label & publishing companySingle track download$0.995,478$0.2277000047%30%23.0%Retailer takes 30% approx
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iTunes (also AmazonMP3, Google Play are similar) - Single track downloadwith label & publishing companySingle track download$0.995,478$0.2277000047%30%23.0%Retailer takes 30% approx. Source: Source: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/the-new-economics-of-the-music-industry-20111025?page=2
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Google Playwith label & publishing companySingle track download$0.995,478$0.2277000047%30%23.0%Retailer takes 30% approx
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Google PlayDIY artiststreamn/a70,391$0.01790040%60%Streaming provider takes 30% (estimate), distributor takes 10% (average of ReverbNation, CD Baby, TuneCoren/a
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Tidal (formerly WiMP) DIY artiststream29,302$0.04300000040%60%Estimates applied to all streaming services across the board. Assumes a band where artists are also songwriters. Remaining 16% is tax. Based on source: SNEP / Ernst and Young February 2015 https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20150204/07310329906/yes-major-record-labels-are-keeping-nearly-all-money-they-get-spotify-rather-than-giving-it-to-artists.shtml 2.93%1,000,00034http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/tech/news/a671399/jay-zs-tidal-goes-platinum-with-1-million-subscribers.html#~ppS5r6x0kx3CoHhttp://www.theguardian.com/music/2015/mar/31/jay-z-spotify-music-streaming-relaunch-tidal-support-artistUpdated from 500,000 to 1,000,000 based on news 1 Oct43
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BeatsDIY artiststream70,000$0.01800000040%60%Streaming provider takes 30% (estimate), distributor takes 10% (average of ReverbNation, CD Baby, TuneCore23.33%300,0004.3http://appleinsider.com/articles/15/01/12/apples-beats-music-rival-spotify-hits-15-million-paid-subscribers5
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Beatswith label & publishing companystreamn/a420,000$0.0030000055%25%20%Beats purchased by Apple, close date TBC. Estimates applied to all streaming services across the board. Assumes a band where artists are also songwriters. 17% artists and songwriters, 46% labels, 21% distributors+retailers,16% is VAT tax. Based on source: SNEP / Ernst and Young February 2015 https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20150204/07310329906/yes-major-record-labels-are-keeping-nearly-all-money-they-get-spotify-rather-than-giving-it-to-artists.shtml 140.00%300,000http://appleinsider.com/articles/15/01/12/apples-beats-music-rival-spotify-hits-15-million-paid-subscribers
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DeezerDIY artiststreamn/a96,923$0.01300000040%60%Streaming provider takes 30% (estimate), distributor takes 10% (average of ReverbNation, CD Baby, TuneCore0.61%16,000,000165208
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RhapsodyDIY artiststreamn/a104,132$0.01210000040%60%Streaming provider takes 30% (estimate), distributor takes 10% (average of ReverbNation, CD Baby, TuneCore5.21%2,000,00019http://www.forbes.com/sites/hughmcintyre/2014/07/29/rhapsody-tops-2-million-paid-subscribers-globally/24
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Google Playwith label & publishing companystreamn/a172,206$0.0073168055%25%20%Estimates applied to all streaming services across the board. Assumes a band where artists are also songwriters. 17% artists and songwriters, 46% labels, 21% distributors+retailers,16% is VAT tax. Based on source: SNEP / Ernst and Young February 2015 https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20150204/07310329906/yes-major-record-labels-are-keeping-nearly-all-money-they-get-spotify-rather-than-giving-it-to-artists.shtml n/a
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RdioDIY artiststreamn/a177,465$0.00692000040%60%Streaming provider takes 30% (estimate), distributor takes 10% (average of ReverbNation, CD Baby, TuneCore
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Tidal (formerly WiMP)with record label & publishing companystream180,000$0.0070000055%25%20%Estimates applied to all streaming services across the board. Assumes a band where artists are also songwriters. 17% artists and songwriters, 46% labels, 21% distributors+retailers,16% is VAT tax. Based on source: SNEP / Ernst and Young February 2015 https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20150204/07310329906/yes-major-record-labels-are-keeping-nearly-all-money-they-get-spotify-rather-than-giving-it-to-artists.shtml 18.00%1,000,0005.6http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/tech/news/a671399/jay-zs-tidal-goes-platinum-with-1-million-subscribers.html#~ppS5r6x0kx3CoH1 million users in Oct 2015, compared to 500,000 previouslyhttp://www.digitalspy.co.uk/tech/news/a671399/jay-zs-tidal-goes-platinum-with-1-million-subscribers.html#~ppS5r6x0kx3CoHhttp://www.theguardian.com/music/2015/mar/31/jay-z-spotify-music-streaming-relaunch-tidal-support-artist7
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SpotifyDIY artiststreamn/a180,000$0.00700000040%60%June 2015 update: Spotify announced jump from 65 million to 75 million users. Streaming provider takes 30% (estimate), distributor takes 10% (average of ReverbNation, CD Baby, TuneCore0.24%75,000,000417http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/jun/10/spotify-apple-music-75m-active-users525
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Rhapsodywith label & publishing companystreamn/a663,158$0.0019360055%25%20%Estimates applied to all streaming services across the board. Assumes a band where artists are also songwriters. 17% artists and songwriters, 46% labels, 21% distributors+retailers,16% is VAT tax. Based on source: SNEP / Ernst and Young February 2015 https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20150204/07310329906/yes-major-record-labels-are-keeping-nearly-all-money-they-get-spotify-rather-than-giving-it-to-artists.shtml 33.16%2,000,0003.04
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YouTubeDIY artiststreamn/a700,000$0.00180000080%20%YouTube takes 45%, Audiam 25%0.07%1,000,000,00014291,800
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Deezerwith label & publishing companystreamn/a1,260,000$0.0010000055%25%20%Estimates applied to all streaming services across the board. Assumes a band where artists are also songwriters. 17% artists and songwriters, 46% labels, 21% distributors+retailers,16% is VAT tax. Based on source: SNEP / Ernst and Young February 2015 https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20150204/07310329906/yes-major-record-labels-are-keeping-nearly-all-money-they-get-spotify-rather-than-giving-it-to-artists.shtml 7.88%16,000,0001316
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Spotifywith label & publishing companystreamn/a1,117,021$0.0011280055%25%20%June 2015 update: Spotify announced jump from 65 million to 75 million users. Estimates applied to all streaming services across the board. Assumes a band where artists are also songwriters. 17% artists and songwriters, 46% labels, 21% distributors+retailers,16% is VAT tax. Based on source: SNEP / Ernst and Young February 2015 https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20150204/07310329906/yes-major-record-labels-are-keeping-nearly-all-money-they-get-spotify-rather-than-giving-it-to-artists.shtml 1.49%75,000,00067http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/jun/10/spotify-apple-music-75m-active-users85
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Rdiowith label & publishing companystreamn/a1,138,006$0.0011072055%25%20%Estimates applied to all streaming services across the board. Assumes a band where artists are also songwriters. 17% artists and songwriters, 46% labels, 21% distributors+retailers,16% is VAT tax. Based on source: SNEP / Ernst and Young February 2015 https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20150204/07310329906/yes-major-record-labels-are-keeping-nearly-all-money-they-get-spotify-rather-than-giving-it-to-artists.shtml
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YouTubewith label & publishing companystreamn/a4,200,000$0.0003000055%25%20%Estimates applied to all streaming services across the board. Assumes a band where artists are also songwriters. 17% artists and songwriters, 46% labels, 21% distributors+retailers,16% is VAT tax. Based on source: SNEP / Ernst and Young February 2015 https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20150204/07310329906/yes-major-record-labels-are-keeping-nearly-all-money-they-get-spotify-rather-than-giving-it-to-artists.shtml 0.42%1,000,000,000238300
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Apple Music with label & publishing companystream n/a971,323$0.0012972055%25%20%Latest reports suggest Apple Music will pay upwards of 71.5% of revenue to rightsholders vs. Spotify's 70%. $9.99 per month for streaming service ($14.99 for family deal).6.48%15,000,00015http://bgr.com/2015/09/22/apple-music-subscribers-15-million/15 million in Oct 2015, compared to 11 million in Augusthttp://www.digitalmusicnews.com/permalink/2015/06/09/breaking-apple-is-paying-just-58-of-streaming-royalties-back-to-indie-artistshttp://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/apr/01/apple-itunes-subscribers-streaming-musichttp://www.theguardian.com/music/musicblog/2015/jun/09/what-does-the-apple-music-launch-mean-for-music-fanshttp://www.wsj.com/articles/apple-to-announce-new-music-services-1433183201http://www.musicbusinessworldwide.com/apple-music-will-pay-more-to-music-biz-than-spotify-eventually/
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