Music Streaming Royalty Calculator


What Streaming Music Services Pay (Updated for 2019)

Calculate how much royalties you will earn from the most popular streaming music services – Spotify, Pandora, Apple Music, Deezer, and more.

Calculate how much music royalties you will earn from the most popular music streaming services. You must understand precisely what streaming music services pay for each stream. If you are an artist, composer, writer, producer, or musician understand streaming royalties and how to make money streaming your music is essential to your music career.

Forecast your music royalties, understand Spotify royalties, music streaming service payout with my streaming royalties calculator. My royalty calculator includes a Spotify revenue calculator in addition to music royalty calculator for music streaming services such as Deezer, Apple Music, Pandora, Amazon, and more. 

How do music artists make money from Spotify?

Artist makes money from Spotify on a per-stream basis.  Artist tare paid for each 30-second stream of their song. So if you are a music connoisseur and dislike a track at least give the steam 30-seconds so the artist will get paid. So if you are an artist, you are wondering how much do you get paid per stream. You must understand this per stream amount because publishing companies and record labels take anywhere from 0 - 100% depending on the deal you sign. Take a look at the chart below.

Music Streaming Service Payout Chart

What are mechanical royalties? Mechanical Royalties

I will keep it simple.

Mechanical royalties are a royalty paid to a songwriter whenever a copy of one of their songs is mad. For instance, when a record label presses a CD of your song, you are due a mechanical royalty. That is the basic story, but it gets a little more complicated.

Mechanical royalties must be paid by a third-party for the recording, manufacture, and distribution of copyright-protected music. Yes, there are mechanical royalties for streaming services like Spotify.

Digital mechanical royalties include

  • All mechanical royalties from Deezer, Spotify, YouTube Music, Apple Music, and other streaming sites are generated from every single stream.
  • Mechanical royalties from download stores like iTunes are generated from every single sale.
  • Performance royalties from radio broadcasts, television, live concert performances.
  • YouTube Sync Publishing royalties for any video on YouTube that contains your song. ( This still has issues, because people can't use the song based on the YouTube flagging protected content)

How Do You As An Artist Collect All Your Streaming Money

If you are the publisher, songwriter, Copywrite owner and performer you will most likely receive all of your money BUT just not from one place. 

If your music is played on a streaming platform you will receive your per-stream rate if the music publisher does not take a cut. Publishers such as CD Baby, Tunecore, DistroKid all behave differently. For example, CD Baby takes 15% of your streaming revenue. Companies like DistroKid pay you all your money per stream directly to a PayPal account. 

Not for example if your music is played in a restaurant, coffee shop or something of that nature you will be paid a PRO. Companies SoundExchange manage another portion of your royalty revenue. 

Conclusion the royalties SoundExchange collects and distributes is for the featured artist and the sound recording copyright owner. ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC collect and distribute royalties for the songwriter, composer, and publisher for the musical composition. 

Can you get paid for making Spotify playlists?

Yes, you can absolutely get paid from making Spotify playlist. If you are the curator of a popular playlist that also has your music on this playlist. You will get paid from Spotify. As a matter of fact, Spotify suggests creating playlists. I can say it is easy to get lost in making money, but the most important goal is creating good music and then curating a great playlist that is congruent with your artistic, musical tastes. 

How much are Spotify royalties?

I answered this question above but I will answer it again for clarity. Spotify pays .00437 per stream. If you had 10 streams you would receive .044 cents, if you had 100 streams you would receive approx .44 cents if you had 1000 streams you would receive $4.37 if you had 10,000 streams you would receive approx $43.70 cents, if you had 100,000 you would receive approx.  437, if you had 500,000 streams in a month you would receive approx $2185. 

What streaming service pays the most?

Napster has about 5 million subscribers and pays almost 2 cents per stream. But they lose over $5 dollars per subscriber. So the question is, how long can the continue to do business like this. If you are an artist you must take this into consideration. You would hate to put an entire marketing strategy, resources, and money into a business that could not pay or worse ended up going out of business. Again, I am not suggesting that Napster will fail or that they do not pay but rather the difficulty streaming has placed on the entire music industry. 

Social Media and Music Royalties

Facebook has now joined the music streaming game. They are now paying artists based on streams. Platforms like DistroKid and CD Baby have now made it easier to opt into the revenue sharing program. Additionally, it is increasingly important to implement social media into any artist marketing program. Social media can be powerful when you have the right perspective and use social media as a tool. Social can be addicting and for many artists can take them away from the creative mindset. Here is a look at my Instagram page to see how I use it @rafaselase

Getting on High-Quality Spotify Playlists

This is one of the most popular questions artists, and small labels ask. The music business is business make no mistake about that. But Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora, and others take playlist curation and placement serious. 

Spotify Algorithmic Playlists 

For me personally, I have had two of my songs on Spotify editorial playlists. But with that being said Spotify has an algorithmic playlist that is equally powerful. Algorithmic playlist generated by artificial intelligence for each Spotify user. And lastly, they have user/subscriber generated playlists. 

Spotify Playlist Hierarchy 

1. Spotify Editorial - Generated by Real Human Spotify Expert Genre Curators

2. Spotify Algorightmic - Generated by Spotify AI and suggested to subscribers

3. Spotify User Playlists - Created by Spotify users/subscribers

Get on a Playlist

Here is a list of 7 the highest quality playlists in genres that I specifically focus on

  • Jazz Gospel Playlist
  • Chill Playlists for Studying
  • R & B
  • Meditation Music
  • Relaxing Piano Music
  • Jazz Music


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