Streaming royalties based on revenue are doomed to fall short until they include the value transfer in the share price.
We’re starting to see a narrative emerging from the digital music services in reaction to artists chafing under the misery of streaming royalties. Streamers want lawmakers to focus attention on the allocation of current period revenue that they pay to creators and deflect attention from the company’s stock market valuation (or private company valuation). That’s […]
David Poe’s guest post drills down on the economic reality of streaming inspired by Spotify’s “Dance Like Nobody’s Paying” ad campaign promoting freebie subscriptions.
Chris Castle on how the streaming royalty allocation guarantees a declining royalty for artists
Driving traffic to Spotify just doesn’t pay off for indie artists (or probably for smaller indie labels). See an explanation of the Ethical Pool method as a possible solution. Whatever we do, the status quo is not sustainable.
Sara Hickman on how the economics of streaming is hollowing out the “middle class musician” and devouring the music business from the ground up.
Pandora and Spotify (among others) have made a big deal out of providing “data” and “analytics” about streaming uses to artists–and particularly managers–about how the artist is performing on their respective services. The “artist data” meme is also offered up as a value add to counter complaints of low royalties. There is a real question […]