It's no secret that digital downloads have crippled the music industry, making it more and more difficult for artists — especially new ones — to break out and earn a living. Everyone needs to make a living somehow, and musicians can't focus fully on their craft and improve if they need to work full time in unrelated fields to pay their bills.
Streaming services like Spotify make music cheaper for consumers and easier to find, which helps more musicians get discovered.
Unfortunately, the service barely pays musicians a fraction of a penny for each download. Despite the billions they rake in every year, Spotify pays musicians just $0.006 to $0.0084 per stream, according to its own stated range of per-stream payouts. This means that even thousands of plays barely make a difference in a musician's bank account.
Spotify wouldn't be anywhere without the musicians who upload music in hopes of getting a break. Sure, most musicians do what they do for the love of music, and would happily share their music for free if they had the time and money to do that. But life gets in the way, and musicians need compensation to encourage and enable them to keep producing the music we love.
Please sign the petition now and urge Spotify to pay their musicians a fairer share of the company's profits.