If Streaming Is the Future, You Can Kiss Jazz and Other Genres Goodbye

In its first year of streaming on Spotify, my band Ceramic Dog earned 210 euros in Europe and $47.12 in the United States from our album “Your Turn.” The album cost over $15,000 to make. By contrast, CD sales on earlier albums netted us between $4,000 and $9,000. […] Indie artists may only constitute 38 percent of market share, but they represent well over 90 percent of working musicians, and a great majority of works released. Spotify likes to say that they are already paying 70 percent to rights holders. However, this does not mean that their model is sustainable for artists. If the type of music I make is no longer sustainable, you can kiss most jazz, classical, folk, experimental, and a whole lot of indie bands goodbye. – Marc Ribot via The New York Times
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