Musicians Reportedly Only Making 12% of the Money In the Music Industry


It is no secret that there is money to be made in the music business. This is shown by the recent public ferings companies such as Spotify, Sonos  and others. The interests Wall Street grow greater by day as investors look into Music Streaming and Tech Companies alike, hoping to get a jump on the competition. Lucky for them Citigroup has done a lot making this gargantuan task less daunting.

The Report

A recent from Citigroup has discovered what a lot us already know; The music industry is yet to adapt to today’s ever-growing market. We live in a world where musicians make less than 1/5 the total prits made f their music. According to the report:

Overall, total music revenues have risen to about $43 billion a year. This includes on-demand streams, CD sales, radio play, live events, and  advertising. Of this $43 billion, artist are only raking in about $5 billion, or approximately 12%. In light this, there are a couple positives to note. One them is the fact that the current 12 percent figure has risen from 7% since 2000.

According to the report, this is all occurring because what they call “Value Leakage”. Value leakage is said to occur during the distribution and production music. In other words the overhead cost running record labels, studios, streaming companies, and other middlemen that exist between artists and their listeners.

Researcher Jason Bazinet, who co-authored the report, states:

It is stated that:

The Future

The report goes on to claim that “Friction will decrease over time”. We have seen numerous artists such as Chance The Rapper decide to  major label records altogether and self release his own music. We have also seen many artists create their own record labels, and host their own tours which should make for some interesting stuff moving .

The report predicts that the music industry as a whole will soon evolve to catch up with the digital age. There couldn’t be a better time for this to happen as streaming companies continue to grow and technology continues evolve. We can see this happening in realtime through Gareth Emery‘s own cryptocurrency backed service, . With this, he hopes to disrupt the streaming industry and help put money back into the pockets artists. Hopefully in the years to come others adopt similar, if not better, tactics to help out artists everywhere. For now, only time will tell.