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Recorded Music Sales is Only 6% of Musician’s Revenues

Recorded Music Sales is Only 6% of Musician’s Revenues

Added: Thursday, January 17th, 2013
Category: Bit Torrent Freedom > The Industries Of Records, Gaming, Software, Movies
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A recent survey conducted by Professor Peter DiCola of the Northwestern University School of Law revealed that only 6% of artists’ revenues come from music sales.


The study covered 5.000 musicians, all residents of the US, and investigated different subjects, including unauthorized file-sharing. It turned out that about 1/4 of the respondents agreed that digital piracy worsened things for them, while another 1/4 claimed file-sharing helps them. The remaining half of respondents had no opinion or declined to answer.

In addition, the research emphasized that music piracy had an insignificant impact on musician’s income. The researcher found out that only 6% of the average income of an artist came from recorded sales. In the meanwhile, live performances are regarded as a much better source of revenues, as they account for 28% of the total income.

The results of the research convinced experts that the existing copyright legislation is a blessing for the highest earners. Indeed, instead of providing marginal incentives to create to all artists, copyright legislation mostly affects the revenue of the highest-income musicians in a direct fashion. That’s a common thing for the content industry, given the prevalence of winner-take-all markets. However, it doesn’t mean that copyright legislation should be ignored or revoked, because many of those musicians, including composers, rely on them.

The researcher pointed out that musical creativity can take a number of forms, not only the kinds that copyright legislation protects. Nevertheless, this broader perspective shouldn’t obscure the reliance on copyright for artists in some subgroups. Content creators who focus their activity on composing usually rely on composition revenue and are therefore very vulnerable to harm from copyright piracy. This is also true for recording musicians relying on sales of music records.

It is unclear what is going to happen from now on to the entertainment industry and its relationship with the artists. The only thing is known thus far – the ever increasing number of talented artists, composers, musicians, and indie bands will make a visible change in this area.

January 17th,2013

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Date:  Thursday, January 17th, 2013

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posted by (2013-01-17 16:15:02)
mini_super_nova avatarMusicians: 6% income from recorded sales; 28% income from live performances. That's not even close to half their income. Where is the remaining 66% of income coming from? Coffee mugs and T-shirts? I thought those first 2 numbers would be higher to be honest, minus the ridiculous fees they pay to their greedy agents of course. Music sharing on the web has actually been a great vehicle for free advertising and 'word of mouth' sharing for unknown / new bands, plus who wants to further enrich the Apple sect? I'd rather become a Hare Krishna before succumbing to that money greedy machine for sheep-customers. I feel no sympathy for the big name music stars, knowing how they live now and for the 'starving artists', surely there is a million other, more plausible reasons for their status than music sharing. I say rock on artists, new or established, share both free and retail, people are always willing in some way to pay money for something they really, really like, even if you can get it for free in some places. It's human nature (and the clever minds driving it).

posted by Blocked (2013-01-17 17:30:12)
SnEhiT87 avatartotally agree with #1 comment.....everyone knws wht the true story behind it...if its so worst so y all musician r doin their work so honestly.....need to be deter-fine the all true facts...not only considering one subject of file sharing...all the other method of earning money need to be understand !!!

posted by ET lover (2013-01-17 17:57:33)
HiDefHQ avatarhow can you not understand? i will give you an example...Slade - Merry Xmas Everybody...Made in 1973 - Still being paid for it in 2013...Royalties play a big part, public buy albums, others including radio's ect pay royalties to play there music.

posted by ET lover (2013-01-17 19:51:11)
firefoxsniper avatarThis is not new, this has been known for years.

posted by (2013-01-17 20:07:32)
No avatar6% seems like too small of a number. Anyone know about the indirect jobs associated with the industry though?

posted by (2013-01-19 14:00:11)
Noch avatarWhen you consider that most signed bands have to pay back the company for recording ,advertising and distrobution and all other subsaquent costs associated with each album , also the bands have to pay their own expenses for tours , equipment rental ,roadies , truck drivers and what not.That million dollar signing bonus just turned into enough money to cover a cup of coffee. Merchandizing ha always been the biggest part of their income when you consider that the bands also pay for all that themselves .that why a 3 dollar t shirt cost 25-30 bucks at a show.

posted by Trusted UploaderSite FriendSuperman (2013-01-19 23:41:51)
trialNerror avatar6% is actually a pretty high number. There are some musicians that are lucky to get 3%.

Musicians do NOT need a record label to become popular or make money. For example, a guy named Tim McMorris. Ever heard of him? In USA there's a couple Samuel Adams beer commercials that have a nice little melody playing in the background. The songs are created by an unsigned artist named Tim McMorris. Once those commercials aired with a clip of his songs in the background, his website and youtube channel exploded! He was even close to being the #1 artist on iTunes. Many people even say he should make an album, but he does not seem to be interested with signing to any label. He doesn't need to. Nobody needs to. If you create music that is actually GOOD and post free samples of it out there, you will form fans and followers and they will buy your songs for a dollar each off the internet. Sure, there will be maybe 1/4 of people who don't pay, but so what? 1 million likes = 1 million sales at $1 ea. (minus) approximately 25% to cover service/legal fees to publish on iTunes/amazon/pandora/spotify/whatever (minus) the 25% of possible downloads without pay still equals 50% of profits left to the artist. Unsigned talented artist earned $500,000 while a signed talented artist with the same sales will probably only get $200,000 ... Hmmm. If I had musical talent I would say fnck the industry. And I'm just rounding off numbers. It could be even more left to the artist--or less, depending on merchandise and promotional advertising.

posted by (2013-01-20 19:44:03)
No avatarHay MiniSuperNova, I had the same question! Here is the answer....

Teaching 22%
Band, Symphony or Ensemble Salary 19%
Session Musician 10%
SongWriting 6%
From Recordings 6%
Merchandising 2%

If merchandising is only 2% I'm guessing Gene Simmons wasn't among the respondents!
Google the guys name and the study name and you will find a more detailed article, interesting stuff.

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