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INFOGRAPHIC: Is Your Music a Hobby or a Profession?


You've probably had people in your life who've told you that music isn't a real career. That it's a nice hobby, but it's time to get serious. Well, they're half right: It is time to get serious. Serious about getting paid for your music.

The key to turning your passion into a career is understanding how much you get paid every time one of your songs gets played or downloaded, and making sure you collect every cent you're owed.

We cooked up this infographic to show you exactly how much money you can make depending on how your music is distributed.

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As you can see, most services only pay you a fraction of a cent every time someone streams one of your tracks, and less than a dollar for downloads.

I know it seems like nothing more than spare change, but all those drops in the bucket add up.

Let's imagine that you put out a single with Ditto Music. You're charged an annual fee of $9.00, and you keep 100% of your royalties. You get a thousand streaming plays through Spotify's free service at $0.0051 per play.

After getting a taste of your sound, a quarter of those people decide to download your track from iTunes at $0.71 per download. Suddenly, you've made just a shade under $200.00 for doing nothing but putting your music out there.

And that's just from two services.

Now imagine that your track is offered at over 100 digital stores.

You can see how quickly those fractions of dollars and cents can stack up.

Here's a real life example of how successful this method of distribution can be: one of Ditto's artists, Alexa Goddard, made over $100,000 by releasing just one single.

Not a bad return on an investment of $9.00.

I'm not saying that every artists who decides to release their music in this way will become rich and famous, but when you consider the range of companies and services that will carry your music, as well as the staggering number of worldwide customers that you'll be able to reach, it makes sense. Between your digital sales, sales at brick and mortar stores, playing gigs, writing songs, and doing whatever else you do with your musical skills, the idea of music as a legitimate career stops seeming so far-fetched.

The bottom line is that when you're an artist there will always be doubters telling you about the slim odds, telling you to grow up, telling you to get a real job.

But the choice they're presenting is a false one. If you have talent, perseverance, and the right distribution model it's much easier than you think to turn your art into your career.

Of course it takes some hard work, but the first time someone asks you what you do for a living, and you're able to honestly answer, “I'm a musician,?? you'll know it was worth it.

Lee Parsons

Founder - Ditto Music