Quick post here from a few days ago: Gist of the story is that online music streaming like Pandora and Spotify are not exactly cash cows for the artists who wrote the music on there.
The AV Club writes:
‘Cracker’s lead singer and songwriter, David Lowery, has posted his most recent statements from various media on The Trichordist, reporting a mere $16.89 profit from more than 1 million Pandora plays. He said that amount is less than he makes from selling a T-shirt.
Lowery went on to specify that the $16.89 was his 40 percent cut as a songwriter, and he actually made a little more (but not much) in performer royalties. The artist also encouraged other songwriters to post their royalty statements in order to “show the world just how terrible webcasting rates are for songwriters.”‘
Ouch. Whether the ease of access to loads of music via online streaming has helped bands gain more fans and more people at their shows or whether it’s done the opposite, the bottom line seems to be that it’s not a valid source of income for many of them.
Which is where live shows come in! If you’d like to support the band in person (or any other band, for that matter), we have tickets! Cracker is/are playing The Crescent Ballroom in Phoenix, AZ on July 21.