The music industry has turned itself over to the hands of digital streaming. Does the success of your career as an independent musicians count on digital streaming websites? There has been a lot of debate of the whole situation. The biggest concern that artists have, is if they are being paid enough for each digital stream. As an unsigned artist, are you more consumed with the idea of making money or getting your music out there to more people which will lead to more sales down the road. It is really all a matter of personal opinion.
As an artist, you get paid about 50 cents per stream. No, it doesn’t seem like a lot of money. With each stream leads you to the potential to catch someone’s attention enough to make them look up your CD on iTunes and download it. If someone likes your song enough, they will keep it on repeat in your playlist. Surprisingly enough, the amount of times your song gets streamed can quickly add up. Last year Taylor Swift (yes, we understand she is a huge star)made over $500,000 from Spotify. She raked in half of a million dollars from people streaming her music through Spotify alone. There are a dozen more sites that digital stream music.
We understand that you are not an international celebrity, but we are trying to say is that you can gain a lot of success through digital streaming. It is a great way for an indie artist to have their music heard by new people. You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to figure out what that means. If new people hear and like your music, those new people will download or buy your album making those new people, new fans. Do you see how that works? People love to share the music that they love with other people. Guess what? More new fans.
To be honest with you, as an indie band, anyway that you can get your music out there is a good thing. The more people that hear your music, the more of a chance you have to make it in the industry.