Here are the numbers:
- a total of 1,602 artists were paid more than $2,000 in 2009
- 500 of those received more than $9,000
- more than 60 earned more than $50,000
- 4 cleared $100,000
The amounts are only for royalties paid on recordings played on non-interactive digital streams in the US (Internet radio and satellite) and don't include publishing.
As I said the other day, there may be some money waiting for you, but you've got to register to get it. Do it at SoundExchange.com.
SoundExchange is currently at SXSW attempting to match an estimated $1 million in royalties to performing artists that are not yet registered.