Of course, the problem here is that it's good for the record labels, and not that good for the artist. How is that money divided up? How much will the artist make in the end? Do recording contracts even cover this scenario? Does the artist get paid like a songwriter does from ASCAP or BMI?
What may be a window into the future lies in a statement made by David Renzer, chairman and CEO of Universal Music Group Publishing at the Association of Independent Music Publishers (AIMP) earlier this year, according to Digital Music News.
"For every 250,000 streams on YouTube, that is the equivalent of one credit of ASCAP performing rights value," Renzer relayed. "One credit is less than $8, it's about $7.60."That means that a song with a massive amount of traction like Rebecca Black's "Friday" will only received $3,405 for 112 million views.
Now consider this. Commercial broadcasters pay $.0019 per performance on a web broadcast, which will increase to $.0021 in 2012 and $.0023 in 2014. That's less than 1/4 of one percent that you still have to split with your publisher, if you have one. Webcasters like Pandora pay $.00102 in 2011, $.00110 in 2012, $.00120 in 2013, $.00130 in 2014 and $.00140 in 2015, which is even less.
If it wasn't bad enough being an artist and trying to make money in the digital download age, being one in the streaming age is going to be even worse. Starts to make gigging and selling merch look pretty good, doesn't it?
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