This article appears courtesy Future of Music Coalition, a national nonprofit that conducts research, educates, and advocates for musicians.
In recent months, we’ve been working on two more resources.
Last week, we released four Music and Money Quizzes that use real-world scenarios to test your knowledge of the copyright laws, licensing agreements and business practices that determine compensation. (Take one — or all of them — today! They’re fun and we guarantee you’ll learn something.)
Today, we’re rolling out a set of infographics that visualize how the money flows from various services back to labels, publishers, artists, and composers/songwriters. This page includes seven different presentations of information:
- there’s the all-encompassing version that includes a variety of services and a variety of rightsholders.
But we also broke it down into more discrete chunks. You can look at how the money moves by type of service/platform:
- broadcast radio or webcasting services (terrestrial radio, webcast radio, pureplay webcasters like Pandora)
- digital stores (iTunes, Amazon, eMusic)
- interactive streaming services (Spotify, Rdio, Rhapsody)
Or, you can examine it by the type of rightsholder:
- big labels that negotiate directly with stores and services
- indie labels that use aggregators like IODA/Orchard to make their catalog available
- self-released artists/bands that use distributors like CD Baby or TuneCore to get their music into stores and services.
Click the image below to see a giant version.