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Music Streaming Royalties

The most frequently asked questions our support team receives are: “How much does an artist get per song?”, “Why does Spotify pay so little?” or „Is music streaming worth it?”

With this article, we try to make sense of streaming income and to answer these questions.

First of all, streaming is worth it! Spotify, Apple Music or Deezer are the biggest generators of income for the music industry. Every time a song streams, a royalty is generated for the owner of the sound recording.

Payouts occur on a per-stream basis. However, royalty rates are variable and depend on  many factors.

One of the most important variables is the type of tier (free or paid). Streaming services also retain a percentage for themselves.

Another deciding factor is the country where the listener is accessing the song from. Many services charge consumers different rates to subscribe in different countries. Accordingly, the royalty rate paid on the sound recording will reflect these lower amounts for streams in those countries.

The artist’s market share is also taken into account when determining the monthly royalty. If you have a lot of streams, you will get paid a bonus because your songs attract many listeners.

Promoting your music and growing your audience pay off on streaming services, as the value of a single music stream increases. Check out our wide selection of promo tools in your Feiyr account to promote your music successfully.

For more on streaming income, read the information here.

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