Since 2014, I was paid $570.12 for about 200k total plays and/or downloads of “Never Be Famous.” That’s…
141,648 plays on YouTube
47,200 streams on Spotify
The rest are from iTunes, Google Play, and few other digital retailers.
Here’s the catch. In order to make that $570.12 (over four years), I had to sign away 50% of my publishing rights to CDBaby, plus 9% of all digital sales. An additional 30% of all digital sales was paid to the individual digital retailers.
I almost forgot! Artists pay self-employment tax in addition to gross income tax, adding up to a 30-40% tax rate — among the steepest rates in the US… Tweeted by Hussalonia Founder.
Scary stuff for anyone hoping to make an income from music. Scarier still because Hussalonia is brilliant!