“It’s been a while & a journalist asked, so I put my latest Spotify royalty payments online: Jan 2013 to May 2015,” tweeted musician Zoe Keating last night, with a link to her latest Google Doc listing her streaming payouts – this time, for Spotify only. The key numbers: 1.49m streams between 1 January and 19 May, and a payout of $4.8k. Or, if you do the obvious maths, an average of $0.0032 per stream.
Keating releases her music without a label but has historically distributed through CD Baby – assuming that relationship continues, it’ll be taking a 9% cut of her streaming income. “Don’t worry about me, my stool has many legs and things are good. I’m just showing you what the actual numbers are,” she tweeted last night. Keating’s strategy remains to have a single album (2005’s ‘One Cello x 16: Natoma’) and an EP (2004’s ‘One Cello x 16 (EP)’ on Spotify, while her 2010 album ‘Into The Trees’ is only available from her own Bandcamp store, iTunes and other digital retailers.