Zoe Keating’s Spotify payouts prove one thing – you can’t make a living off streaming music.
Earlier this year, Canadian award-winning cellist and composer Zoe Keating shared her Spotify payouts with Digital Music News.
Using RouteNote as her distributor, she earned $4,388.93. Fans streamed her works 1,154,513 times. Keating earned just $0.0038015 per stream.
Using CD Baby, she earned a slightly higher Spotify payout. At a per-stream rate of $0.0039, Keating earned $5,654.58 for 1,449,887 total plays.
Detailing the company’s payouts to artists, she then shared six years of Spotify payouts.
In 2013, the award-winning artist earned a cool $1,174.35 after 416,112 streams. Using CD Baby as her distributor, Spotify paid her $0.0028222 per stream. Prior to her distributor’s cut, Keating had earned $1,290.49 at a per-stream rate of $0.0031013.
A year later, Spotify’s per-stream rate actually rose to $0.040689. After 712,039 plays, Keating earned $2,897.18. At a per-stream rate of $0.0044713 before CD Baby’s 9% cut, she had earned $3,183.71.
In 2015, Keating earned $4,821.07 for 1,487,584 streams. Spotify had paid her $0.0032409 per stream. Prior to CD Baby’s cut, she had earned $5,297.88 at a per-stream rate of $0.0035614.
In 2016, using RouteNote as her distributor, Spotify paid her $2,214.53 after 606,748 plays at a per-stream rate of $0.0038015. Keating didn’t write how much RouteNote kept. Using CD Baby, she earned $7,800 from 1,952,933 plays at a per-stream rate of $0.0039940. Keating had earned $8,571.43 at a per-stream rate of $0.0043890 before CD Baby’s 9% cut.
For the first half of 2018, Keating earned $2,657.25 after 707,891 plays at a per-stream rate of $0.0037538 using RouteNote as her distributor. At a per-stream rate of $0.0035298, she earned $3,254.82 after 922,092 plays using CD Baby. Prior to CD Baby’s 9% cut, she had earned $3,576.73 at a per-stream rate of $0.0038789.
Now, Keating has shared how much she’s earned from Spotify this year.
Why you can’t pay the rent from streaming royalties alone.
In a Twitter post, she told her nearly 1 million followers,
“In 2018, my music was listened to on Spotify for 190k hours by 241,631 people.”
Totaling 2,252,293 streams, she only received $12,231 from the streaming music giant. This means on average, she received $0.00543 per play. She states the total figure “is 39.2% of my annual rent.”
So, how can independent artists, including Keating, survive the streaming music giant’s terrible payouts?
Keating gives two solutions – attend artists’ shows and support their work directly.
“If you love the music please consider going to a show or supporting my work directly at zoekeating.com. Thank you!”
Featured image by Ed Schipul (CC by 2.0).