#SXSW David Lowery’s Songwriting Performance Income from Streaming/Webcasting Services 2nd Quarter 2013

You think Performers have it bad with streaming/webcasting services?  Check out my performance royalties as a songwriter.  This is why we must end the Government mandates that force us to license our songs to these services at below market rates. It’s a subsidy to multi-billion dollar Silicon Valley companies.

This is all songwriters on the song.  Not just my share.  My share is 1/5-1/2 of this total.  varies by song.

This is total that all  the songwriters earned on my 200+ published songs.    If streaming is the future?  It does not include professional songwriters.   This can not stand.

Summary Spins $ Per Spin in Cents!!!
YouTube  551,275 $30.57 0.00555
Pandora  1,499,396 $67.20 0.00448
Spotify  400,955 $113.92 0.02841
Rhapsody  61,235 $30.14 0.04923
All other internet services  1,000,915 $15.96 0.00159

2 thoughts on “#SXSW David Lowery’s Songwriting Performance Income from Streaming/Webcasting Services 2nd Quarter 2013

  1. I don’t understand how the Spotify royalty, in particular, can be that low. I assume that most of the streams are played in the USA. According to Spotify’s recent ‘transparency’ statement, Spotify Explained, ‘In the United States… statutes dictate that publishers receive ~21% the amount that master recording owners receive’. Since the master owners get about half a cent per stream, publishers should receive about a tenth of a cent. If publishers take 50% of that (which incidentally would be money for old rope, but let that pass), the songwriter(s) would still get about a twentieth of a cent. That is not much, but it is still about twice what you are getting. So is Spotify’s claim incorrect, or is there some other explanation?

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