REVEALED: How Much Do Music Streaming Services Pay Musicians in 2020

Mathew Ekundayo - BLOG

A lot of factors can go into how much stores end up paying you for streams, so here's a run-down on how much your music could be earning in streaming royalties as well as the different factors that affect royalty payments.

As you can see on the list below, some stores pay many times what others pay per stream. These are just estimates, however, as many stores don't have fixed pay-per-stream rates. Still, knowing the differences can help you target listeners.

When you release music on Spotify, Apple Music and other streaming platforms, always keep in mind your overall goals. While some stores pay higher per stream, you need to consider that others may give you more exposure and visibility. It's also important to think about where most of your fans are currently listening to your music.

There are many actors that impact how much stores pay. These include things like the country of the listener, whether the listener has a paid or free account, the artist's royalty rate, and relative pricing and currency rates. While you can't anticipate exactly what you'll make, you can learn more about where your earnings come from.

- Country of the listener
- Whether the listener has a paid or free account
- The artist's royalty rate
- Relative pricing and currency rates

That's why it's important to spend time targeting each platform for their different benefits and audiences you will be able to reach in your release calendar.

Today, lots of streaming services offer different ways to maximize your music royalties, so it's important to do your research to learn how to best promote your music and get the most out of each platform.


How much do I earn from each stream/download?

The amount you earn from streaming and downloads varies between platforms.


Payments from downloads are either from a fixed wholesale price which is not directly connected with the retail price, or you will be paid a fixed percentage of the retail price less a payment to the publisher outside of the US, as well as any applicable government taxes.


Streaming works differently. Either a streaming service receives income from advertising or customer subscriptions. Those income streams are then divided each month based on the total numbers of streams from all rights holders on the platform. In a similar way to downloads, deductions for publishers and government taxes are made prior to payment to you.


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