Wednesday, July 31

How Musicians Really Make Money



Ever wonder what it actually takes to make a living as a musician based only on online sales and streams? This article from The Atlantic shows a graph posted by Information Is Beautiful which breaks it down quite nicely. We thought our Radio Airplay artists might find this informative, as it specifically shows how musicians really make money in today's industry. 




READ THE ARTICLE HERE
http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2011/11/how-musicians-really-make-money-in-one-long-graph/249267/

21 comments:

thatdamshana said...

I reviewed the chart and it doesn't give a clear definition as I'd hoped it would. The comments on the original graph from other viewers doesn't even talk about the chart, they just argue with each other. There is no one way to be successful with music in marketing. Continue to apply whatever measure works for you.

Anonymous said...

The best way for artists to make money nowadays is from playing live or to try and sell their music to hip hop artists or to advertisement.

Anonymous said...

Funny, they don't show how much you make by PAYING Radio Airplay to play your songs...

Anonymous said...

$0.00

Anonymous said...

In the days of the old music business model, most bands had to be signed to a label in order to be able to make an album. It was an exclusionary model. If you were an unsigned artist ,you were a needle in a haystack. These days, its more democratic. Just about anyone can make an album. There is so much material out there, that its hard to get noticed. The Listening model has changed too. Maybe it is the over saturation or the fact that punters can get music pretty much free but punters don't seem to care as much as they used to. Shorter attention spans make artist development harder. The unsigned artist is one of many needles in an even bigger haystack.
An ancestor of mine went to Australia to make his fortune finding gold. He didn't do so well but managed to make money by selling supplies to other people who were looking for gold. That seems to be a lesson for these days. If you want to make money in the music business, don't pursue the dream yourself, just sell it to other people who are pursuing it. That's what CD Baby,radio airplay and an ever growing list of others are up to.
As an independent musician, my feeling is - stop worrying about the money. Do it because that's what your driven to do. So many individuals seem to have taken on the value system of corporations. Everyone is running around branding themselves and trying to make a profit. Its really quite sickening. It is these very same values i got into music to escape from.
A few people make it, most don't. Its always been that way, whatever the business model and in any field. So why not forget the money and do it for love.
Maybe you'll get lucky, probably you won't but your product will be much more interesting.

LukeSteele said...

Well said anon. Yes we all have a chance to share our music with anyone in the world now and make our own releases at home. Only the very best talents will emerge from this ever growing pool of human talent. Do it for the love of creating music and that is reward in itself. Drops of Light have released their debut album made with love, Phoenix Rising, out on Itunes. Support indie bands folks! Peace :)

John Bowden said...

@Anonymous.....Right on! Couldn't of said it better myself. But to the guy who commented on your post I would go a little further and say it is not necessarily the "best" talent that emerges from the flock. On a grass roots level it's all about what your music does to people and how you are getting it out there. Some music draws people like a magnet. Doesn't mean they are more talented than you are! Just means they have something other people want. I thing if you are making music for money only, then you should be doing something else or just join the Illuminati. They control the main media and you certainly do not need to have talent to get on their team. Just ask someone like Eminem or Tupac or anyone else who has made it to the TOP.

Steve McFall said...

I agree that you have to do it for the love of doing it not for the money because if that is the reason you will be in for a rude awakening. I just get a tremendous thrill when someone takes the time to say thank you for sharing the music because they love it and it means something to them. That's what it is all about....

Anonymous said...

Making money from music is a joke theses you would be better off being a dj and playing the the best of the very few recordings that are succesful and have reached the charts over the years.

Amy Rose Uriah said...

U guys R absolutely right ! I spent thousands of dollars tho make my CD over 6 years ! I had to wait till I saved a little money to go to the studio! Just making it was a dream come true for me ! As was said before, I did it for love ! Putting it online & having people from around the world listen is exciting, but I never gave a thought about the money ! I'm putting a new CD up online soon & once again, I'll pay more money to make it than I will ever see, but just doing it is the one thing I love to do ! I love to perform but I can't walk right now due to back injury, I hope to soon !

Anonymous said...

Alphie Wiz Moore
I paid for airplay & still havent recieved them. Telephone support down? Sent multiple emails !!!! No reply!!!!! THIS SUCKS!!!! I WILL START BLASTING THIS ALL OVER FB IF THIS ISN'T RESOLVED TODAY!!!!!!

Collette SplitVision Wijkander said...

I agree with Amy Rose Uriah- I got my recordings through my producer and we made the CD with 12 tracks in one year. We released 11 tracks on the net over a period of 1,5 years gaining no1 chart positions on revervnation and over 30 000 fans from all over the world. I've been exhausting myself keeping up all the sites on the webb. Now I'm frustrated lacking money in order to release a CD which has been mixed and mastered laying there waiting for over one year! It only needs a cover and an NCB code. My Producer has paid some money on guest artists, Mixing and Mastering and I have spent some money on airplays and on reverbnation services but so far we haven't gotten any money back.
Now I'm thinking if it's any use releasing a CD. I also have a back injury and other issues but it doesn't stop me. Figuering I'll get out and perform next year if I'm lucky. Have material for next album ready. Good Luck to both of us in this music djungle!

Anonymous said...

They don't make it from Jango/ Radio Airplay. Since Radio Airplay breaks the law and doesn't pay performance royalties.

Anonymous said...

Couldn't have expressed my feelings any better:) When it comes down to it whether you benefit financially or not, people are getting the privilege to hear our original music and that to me makes airing it so worthwhile!!

Johny Depp said...

Musicians can easily earn money by selling their songs, jingles and any new composition.They should adopt the various strategy to attract music lovers around the world.

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Roch Millette said...

If anyone expects to get payed well good luck ,lol ,and who cares anyways ,|Do it because you love it. simple

Anonymous said...

MR BLUES MAN, MN
I DONT KNOW,IVE WRITTEN OVER 187 SONGS IN THREE YEARS. I PRODUCED MY OWN SOUND.
I KEEP IT SIMPLE, AND HAD OTHERS HELP ME, ONE SONG GOT ON A ALBUM, I WONT GET ROYALTIES TILL SO MANY ARE SOLD. I KNOW THIS, I PUT A ALBUM OUT A MONTH AGO, GOT IT WORLD WIDE, I KNOW FOR SURE I SOLD 4 ALBUMS
SO FAR. I ADDVERTISE ON MY CAR, MY BIKE, ALL OVER THE NET. I PRAY TO JESUS A LOT, I DONT GIVE UP, I COULD GIVE A CRAP HOW MANY ALBUMS ARE OUT THERE, SO IS MINE. NO ONE WRITES OR SINGS LIKE ME. I KNOW IM GOOD, I SEE MYSELF MAKING IT BIG, I LIVE TO DO THIS.
IM NOT MAKING EXCUSES, , IM GOING TO MAKE THE BEST MUSIC IN THE WORLD. RADIO PLAY GETS YOUR VOICE TO THE PEOPLE.
I HEARD MY MUSIC ON JANGO IT WAS ME, IT WAS GOOD, HELL IT WAS GREAT, IT WAS ME.
I LOVE THE CHALLENGE, BRING IT ON BABY.
YOU ALL COMPLIAN I WILL MAKE MUSIC
YOURS TRULY MR BLUES MAN .. MN

el brothers said...

true that guys

Amy Rose Uriah said...

Thanks Collette ! Good luck to U & keep creating music ! I am starting a new band now & I may have to sit on a stool most of the time, but that's OK! I'm also looking into back surgery, cause nothing else has helped & my spine is totally screwed up !

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Anonymous said...

I'm also pretty sure that they use microsoft dynamics erp software which helps you save loads of money. I did that for my company and so far it's working great.
All the best!