How Much Do Music Streaming Services Pay Musicians in 2023

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How Much Do Music Streaming Services Pay Musicians in 2023

Exactly how much streaming services pay out to musicians in royalties has always been a hot topic. In truth, there’s no simple answer, but we’ll try to explain how much your music could be earning in streaming royalties from platforms like Spotify, Apple Music and more as well as the different factors that affect royalty payments.

How much do music streaming services pay musicians?

Music streaming services like Apple Music, Deezer, Tidal and Amazon don’t have a fixed “pay-per-stream” rate when it comes to paying out music royalties to artists. While Spotify doesn’t either, there has been plenty of unofficial data published on how much Spotify pays per stream as well as Apple Music’s par pay stream rate in the past few years.

There are lots of factors that affect how much money one stream is worth in royalties. The main factors include:

– The listener’s country and location

– Whether the listener has a paid subscription or free account

– The specific artist’s royalty rate

– The relative pricing & currency in different regions

This makes things complicated when trying to predict what you’ll earn in streaming royalties. It’s just about impossible to accurately calculate exactly how much you’ll make from a certain number of streams, as all these factors need to be into account.

This study based on information collected from real musicians and third-party websites provides a general look at the estimated royalties currently being paid out to artists in the USA by the world’s biggest music streaming platforms.

Using this data we’ve created a Music Streaming Royalties Calculator.

Just choose a music platform, enter your predicted streams and check out the estimated royalties total in US dollars.

  • Napster – $0.019 per stream
  • Tidal – $0.01284 per stream
  • Apple Music – $0.00783 per stream
  • Deezer – $0.0064 per stream
  • Spotify – $0.00437 per stream
  • Amazon – $0.00402 per stream
  • Pandora -$0.00133 per stream
  • YouTube – $0.0.00069 per view
Music Streaming and Royalties
Music Streaming and Royalties

Of course, the royalty figure you get here won’t be an exact match to your real-life royalty statements due to the unpredictable nature of streaming payouts. But it does offer a nice ball-park figure to help you understand how much your streams are generally worth.

As you can see, some music services pay out more than others. But keep in mind that some platforms with lower royalty rates may have more users and a wider reach. So a stream from certain platforms might actually be worth more in terms of reach, exposure and building your profile.

While these numbers might give a vague idea of music streaming royalties in the United States, it’s important not to think about streaming services solely as money-making platforms.

As you can see from our calculator, it takes a lot of streams to start earning the big bucks – not that it’s not possible! There are loads of independent artists out there doing huge streaming numbers and making a good living solely through streaming royalties.

However, when you release music on Spotify, Apple Music and other streaming platforms, they offer a direct route to new and current fans. Exposure like this is a stepping stone to success.

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