Re: My Song Was Played 3.1 Million Times on Pandora. My Check Was $39...
This is a songwriter's paycheck. They don't have a salary or an hourly, they have royalties. We give up the immediate reward for the long-term income that eventually builds up, but when someone who is succesful is raking in $39, there is no reward at all. By it having a long life, they are able to collect pennies per play and after years of being around, the song eventually is worth the time invested into it.
Another method of getting paid as a songwriter is to sell your catalog. Although, if the catalog is raking in a whopping $39, no one is going to buy it.