When people stream music, I make in the neighbourhood of 0.001 cents per stream. At that rate, I need 800,000 people to stream it before I cover the cost of my demo. How does that sound to you?
Musicians and songwriters have families they are trying to feed. Many people point to wealthy artists and say, “They don’t need or deserve my money.” That is like saying “Walmart is owned by billionaires so I should be able to take whatever I want from Walmart without paying”. But, that’s not the point. Songwriters deserve to be compensated for their work. If they aren’t compensated at a reasonable level, they will quit writing songs. Less songs being created means less great songs.
It takes a large quantity of songs to create several masterpieces. While I’m spending years and thousands of dollars trying to get my music recorded, I’m making nothing in return. When I finally do get that one hit, I’m having to pay for all of the demos and all of the hours spent without any compensation. My first hit song was downloaded for free (illegally) by over 10,000 people before it even hit the stores. It was great to know that people loved my song, but disheartening that they didn’t even find it worth 99 cents.
It’s the right thing to do. People know it’s not right to take something from a store without paying for it. But many think nothing of taking a song without paying. A lot of blood, sweat and tears go into the creation and recording of a hit song. That music that makes you laugh, cry, sing along, or drive a little faster was born out of passion and hard work. For less than half a cup of Starbucks coffee, you can give the writers 9 cents (all the writers share the 9 cents by the way) and compensate everyone else involved in making that music for the joy that the song brings you.
That’s not a lot to ask.