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