How are musicians paid when their fans buy downloads on eMusic? How are songwriters paid when their music is played on Pandora? Since our founding, Future of Music Coalition has provided musicians, managers and labels with the in-the-trenches details about how performers, songwriters and labels are each compensated when their music is either streamed or downloaded on an array of music services.
Since 2007, we have organized this information into two documents: New Business Models and Digital Distribution and presented this information to thousands of musicians at events and conferences all over the country. These documents — as well as the 42 Revenue Streams list — are a tangible reflection of FMC’s mission; helping musicians and songwriters understand the mechanics of the emerging music/technology landscape, how they are compensated, and how they can participate in this marketplace.
In August 2012, we thoroughly scrubbed and updated both the Digital Distribution and New Business Models documents, adding in new services that have appeared in the past year. In each instance, we describe the service, and if and how labels, performers and songwriters are paid. We have also converted the New Business Models document to a Google spreadsheet, making it easier for musicians to access, and for us to update periodically.
Are there services that we have missed? Platforms you have questions about? Corrections to the existing documents? kevin [at] futureofmusic [dot] org (subject: Comment%20on%20New%20Business%20Models) (Please let us know!)
New Business Models spreadsheet, which gives specific details about if/how performers, labels and songwriters are compensated under various models. Last updated September 2012.
|Digital Distribution infographic, which explains how independent and unsigned musicians can use services like CD Baby, TuneCore, ReverbNation Amazon’s Create Space to get their music into digital music services. Last updated September 2012.
Infographic | PDF
|Watch the presentation (25 minutes in 4 parts) which looks at some examples of digital stores, subscription services, artist-to-fan connections, licensing, and new forms of radio and if/how performers are compensated. Last updated October 2009.
|Download slides from Jed Carlson, COO and co-founder of ReverbNation, who joined us at the 8th Future of Music Policy Summit. His presentation includes survey results from their own members, as well as practical tips on building a “fan funnel” that will drive your fans from casual listeners to active promoters.
Got a correction? Do you see something that needs to be added or deleted on any of these materials? Contact kevin [at] futureofmusic [dot] org (subject: Comment%20on%20New%20Business%20Models) and we’re happy to fix it.