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Royalties in a post physical media landscape
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Ï was sent an interesting link this morning,

http://thetrichordist.com/2013/06/24/my-song-got-played-on-pandora-1-million-times-and-all-i-got-was-16-89-less-than-what-i-make-from-a-single-t-shirt-sale/

Essentially the guy who posted the article is a songwriter who´s song was played over a million times on pandora internet radio, bringing in under 17 dollars worth of income.

Further income slips show that per play Pandora pays the least by a very large margin, competitors like spotify pay songwriters ten times more. What worries the poster is that Pandora is hoping to convince the government to reduce the compulsory royalties fee for songwriters by 85%, which would reduce the posters income from a million plays to 2 dollars, 53 cents.

With such little income is it possible to become a successful songwriter? Do you have to be an artist as well? Is there any point in becoming a songwriter any more? Does anyone make money from streaming services?

What do you guys think?

26 June 13
George Chamberlain
Followed through a couple more links, thought this one would be worth posting up as well.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-11-05/pandora-media-sues-ascap-seeking-lower-songwriter-fees.html

This is Pandora suing the organisation thats sets the flat rate fee for songwriters.

26 June 13
George Chamberlain
Ï was sent an interesting link this morning,

http://thetrichordist.com/2013/06/24/my-song-got-played-on-pandora-1-million-times-and-all-i-got-was-16-89-less-than-what-i-make-from-a-single-t-shirt-sale/

Essentially the guy who posted the article is a songwriter who´s song was played over a million times on pandora internet radio, bringing in under 17 dollars worth of income.

Further income slips show that per play Pandora pays the least by a very large margin, competitors like spotify pay songwriters ten times more. What worries the poster is that Pandora is hoping to convince the government to reduce the compulsory royalties fee for songwriters by 85%, which would reduce the posters income from a million plays to 2 dollars, 53 cents.

With such little income is it possible to become a successful songwriter? Do you have to be an artist as well? Is there any point in becoming a songwriter any more? Does anyone make money from streaming services?

What do you guys think?

26 June 13
George Chamberlain