This is a figure that keeps getting worse, not better, thanks to a number of unfortunate variables. Because if TuneCore made it easier you to get onto iTunes, they’ve also made it easier for millions of others just like you to get onto iTunes.
According to the latest stats, TuneCore paid artists $101.8 million in 2012, an impressive number indeed. Which leads to this per-artist breakdown.
$101.8 million earnings
849,000 total artist accounts
$119.91 per artist in 2012
In April of 2011, roughly two years ago, that figure was $179/year (based on a account base of 600,000).
Written while listening to Georges Bizet.