19 Oct Digital Income Gap for Musicians
Musicians get paltry pay from worldwide digital play
By Robert Andrews
Oct 19, 2012
Download and streaming services are playing British musicians’ work to digital audiences around the world. But songwriters’ royalties from the overseas exposure are tiny – and they are going to stay that way.
New figures for musicians’ royalty earnings shine a light on a significant digital income gap.
UK royalty collector PRS For Music reports British songwriters and composers collectively earned £187.7 million ($301 million) in 2011 from plays of their songs outside the UK.
That total was 10.6 percent more than in 2010. But it contains downloads and streaming royalties of a tiny £2 million ($3.2 million).