Archive for October, 2011

How much do musicians make online?

October 28, 2011

How much money do musicians really get paid in this new digital marketplace? Is it enough to live on? How many CDs would you have to sell to earn a living? How many iTunes downloads would you have to sell every month? How about albums or downloads on CD Baby, how about Spotify?

Someone has taken the time and the considerable effort to research this and present it in a stiking visual way. In addition they are making available all the numbers in a spreadsheet arrangement here. To see a sharper (readable) graphic image, click here for the original post.

Note: these figures do not include publishing royalties (paid to composers of songs). The full spreadsheet of data does though. You can see all the numbers and sources here:

Make a niche for yourself

October 25, 2011

I figure if I write songs from my heart, about love, heartbreak and other things that are universal, then my potential audience is everybody, because everybody can relate to love, right? And that’s the goal, to get as big a number of listeners and CD buyers/downloaders as possible, no?

But Bob Baker says that’s casting too wide a net. He says that by picking one of my passions and writing about that, I will really zero in on a much smaller potential audience (and repel others), but that audience will be much more likely to respond (become fans). When it comes to fans, smaller is better, if it’s small but committed, as opposed huge and apathetic.

Bob Baker always seems to have a good idea. Read his article here.