That paycheck belongs to Nashville-based singer-songwriter Perrin Lamb, whose track, ‘Everyone’s Got Something,’ has now received 10 million streams on Spotify. According to a recent profile by the New York Times, that equals $40,000 in royalties for Lamb, who remains unsigned to either a record label or publisher. “Mr. Lamb benefits from a business infrastructure that lets independent musicians operate outside the standard label system,” Times reporter Ben Sisario wrote.
$0.004 per play…
$40,000 is a nice amount of money for a singer-songwriter, but is it fair for such an extreme amount of listens? The payout boils down to $0.004 (4/10ths of a penny) per play, though Perrin was surprised by the results and seemed enthusiastic about the earnings. “There is a whole ecosystem of independent artists that are rethinking the way the business is done,” Lamb told Times reporter Ben Sisario. “I have friends who make a ton of money off YouTube, and vinyl sales and house shows. There are so many ways to make it work beyond the traditional model.”
Sounds great, though Perrin still has a day job, albeit in the music industry. According to the Times profile, Perrin is gainfully employed at Sorted Noise, a synchronization shop that focuses on placing songs in TV shows and movies. That has helped his songwriting, raising the question of whether Perrin wants, or needs, to be a totally-independent, self-sufficient musician.