One indie artist explains why Spotify doesn’t hurt musicians
It was big noise when Taylor Swift removed her music from Spotify last month, and music blogs (like this one) have kept the echo going ever since.
Much of the discussion has revolved around Spotify’s small payouts per stream, and how it’s not enough revenue for musicians to support themselves. Many assume that even if Spotify is good for the music industry at large, it’s bad for artists.
WIRED recently posted an article to the contrary, written by Ben Berry, co-founder of the band (and CD Baby artists) Moke Hill. For Berry and his band, Spotify has been “an enormous positive.”
Here’s what he says about Spotify’s effect on his music career:
We laid the foundation for Moke Hill with an EP that came out at the end of 2013, then worked on new material to complete a full-length release as a basis to secure label, management and booking partners. Over the course of this year, with no marketing, PR or label support, Spotify has exposed those songs to an audience who would otherwise have little chance of finding us. At last check, our song “Detroit” has been streamed 310,187 times.
He then goes on to talk about Spotify royalties, publishing and master recording rights, and why he thinks Taylor Swift might’ve made a mistake pulling her music from the streaming service: Read more »