BLOG - Fast food and music streaming

I recently stumbled onto a quirky article about McDonald’s.  I learned that the average employee is paid about $200 to make 100 hamburgers.   

Compare that to what streaming services pay composers. My last streaming statement showed payments ranging from $0.0001 per play to $0.01 per play.  That calculates to an average of about $0.002 per play.  

Now back to McDonald’s.  To feed 500 people with 1 burger each, McDonald's pays $1,000.  

Music feeds the soul.  If I feed 500 people with 1 song each, streaming services pay $1.  One dollar!

Make burgers = $1,000.00.  Make music = $1.00.  Are you seeing the problem here? 

That’s just wrong, all kinds of wrong.  Nothing against McDonald’s employees, I’ve been known to eat a quarter pounder myself once in a while.  But it’s wrong to value someone who makes burgers at a rate that is 1000 times higher than someone who makes music! 

Until streaming services change their royalty structure radically, I encourage everyone to own the soundtrack music they enjoy, rather than just streaming it.  When you buy directly from artists, or from an artist-owned label like HUGEsound Records, your purchase goes straight to music makers, not corporate money hoarders.  Your purchases here support composers, musicians, artists, and those directly involved in making great soundtrack music.  In April we featured the works of Austin Wintory.  In May we featured Penka Kouneva.  This month, my own new release ROGUEBOOK is being featured.  July will bring a new artist to support.

Streaming, on the other hand, supports people like Spotify CEO Daniel Elk, whose current net worth is over $4 billion.  And he didn’t write a single note of all the music you enjoy.  

As I said at the end of last month's blog, we don't have to accept the status quo.  You can make a difference.  Join us in supporting soundtrack composers and musicians.  Choose to own the soundtracks you love.  Join our mailing list (page bottom) to keep apprised of featured guest artists each month.  Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to learn about special promotions and live events.  And thank you for your love of music!  We absolutely understand.  Music carries us all away to fantastical worlds of astonishment and wonder.  Let's keep it rolling!

Chance Thomas, President of HUGEsound Records

BLOG - Music purchase vs music Streaming

SUPPORT MUSIC MAKERS, NOT MONEY TAKERS

One reason to purchase music is because the music streaming services pay only a pittance to most soundtrack composers. Here are some of the actual royalty amounts paid, as reported on a recent royalty statement:  

     Spotify, $0.0001 per song  |  Apple, $0.003 per song  |  YouTube, $0.002 per song

These are on the low end.  It's just not possible for soundtrack composers and musicians to make a living from such pitifully low payments.  

FUND THE FLOATERS, NOT THE BLOATERS

Music streaming is kept afloat by the creativity of composers and musicians.  Their creativity also lifts society.  Soundtrack music lifts our spirits, our moods, our ambitions!  Funding soundtrack composers and musicians directly through purchasing music keeps the revenue where it will do the most creative good.  Good for artists, good for society.

CLIMB ON BOARD, END THE HOARD

Owning music is a fabulous way to bypass the money hoarding, and directly support composers and musicians.  Purchasing music costs very little compared to most forms of entertainment, but does a world of good.

MAKE A HUGE CHANGE

That's why HUGEsound Records was formed.  To introduce soundtrack music lovers to curated works they can purchase from gifted composers, giving composers a revenue boost to support them and the musicians they hire in the continual creation of inspiring music.  Purchasing music here helps us and our featured composers.  In April we featured the works of Austin Wintory.  In May we featured Penka Kouneva.  But honestly, purchasing soundtrack music from anywhere helps composers.

JOIN THE RESISTANCE

We don't have to accept the status quo.  You can make a difference.  Join us in supporting soundtrack composers and musicians.  Choose to own the soundtracks you love.  Join our mailing list (page bottom) to keep apprised of featured guest artists each month.  Follow us on Facebook to learn about special promotions and live events.  And thank you for your love of music!  We absolutely understand.  Music carries us all away to fantastical worlds of astonishment and wonder.  Let's keep it rolling!

Chance Thomas, President of HUGEsound Records

 

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