Updated: Mar 25

For many, if not all music streaming platforms, a royalty is earned once a song is streamed for 30 seconds. Additionally, the royalty rate that is paid to artists depends on many factors like streamed location and account subscription type (free or paid).

Music streaming platforms cannot pay royalties directly to artists. As such, music aggregators and distributors like DistroSongs receives royalty payments from these music streaming platforms for payout to artists.

The table below shows the royalty payouts from music streaming platforms in 2019 by a mid-sized indie label with an approximately 350+ album catalog now generating over 1.5b streams annually:

2019-20 Streaming Price Bible, (The Trichordist, March 2020)

If you are interested, below are the estimated 2021 "per-stream" payouts by music streaming platforms from a royalty calculator:

What are the "per-stream" payouts you're seeing? Comment below.

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