How much do musicians get paid for digital plays? -Digital Royalty Rates 1

Royalty rates paid to musicians vary drastically depending on how and where the music is played or transmitted.  The rates vary from several cents to a fraction of a penny.

Here are a few music royalty rates:

  • $.0019 cents a song (approx.) per play on satellite radio (like SIRIUS XM)
  • $.0019 cents a song (approx.) per play on Pandora
  • $.09 cents a song (approx.) for a permanent download (like iTunes)
  • $.09 cents a song (approx.) for a physical recording (like a CD)
  • $.24per ringtone.

The numbers are a bit sobering… but great music gets played over and over again… and it all adds up!

For more info on getting paid digital royalties from SoundExchange –>  http://t.co/2WuFV2X   and http://t.co/52HjluX

BY: Vanessa Kaster, Esq., LL.M.

For personalized legal services you are welcome to contact me at vk@kasterlegal.com

Royalty rate info is available at: http://www.copyright.gov/carp/m200a.pdf; http://soundexchange.com/2010/12/17/looking-for-the-copyright-royalty-boards-2011-2015-rates/; http://www.harryfox.com/public/RoyaltyRateCalculator.jsp and www.kasterlegal.com.

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