How Do Artists Make Money On Amazon Music
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Amazon Music allows people to listen to music as if it were in a streaming service.
Artists have an opportunity to sell their music on amazon music, in addition to selling their merchandise, playing your commercials on your podcast, or coming up with other promotional activities to help build a business around your music.
As a music artist, you should promote your music on the Amazon music platform in order to make money.
If you are new to the music business, this may seem overwhelming. But, just like a business owner, just decide on a marketing campaign and run with it.
Below are some things to consider before you promote your music on Amazon Music.
1. It can be expensive to sell your music
Expertise is an important part of the music business, just like any other business. Your branding, publicity, promotion, and marketing plans are an integral part of being successful.
That being said, you cannot expect to spend a lot of money on your promotional activities if you want to be successful on the Amazon music platform.
As a music artist, if you sell only 10,000 or 1,000 downloads of your music, you will make a few hundred dollars per month, per sale.
If you sell 10,000 or 100,000 downloads of your music, you will make $50,000 or $100,000 per month. As an example, Ben E. King has a Soundcloud account, where he has over 1.2 million listeners.
His weekly streams (his brand is The Duke and the King) have been watched over 87,000 times. Now, if he had sold a track for $0.99 on Amazon music, that would make it a lot easier for him to turn a profit.
Also, be aware that you may have to pay for Amazon to host your music. Many small business owners find it difficult to pay for hosting on a regular basis.
The best way to avoid this is to sell your tracks via YouTube, Spotify, iTunes, and other various services.
On average, an artist may need to pay $4.99/month for a single track to be hosted on Amazon Music.
If you have a track on iTunes, you should be paying $0.99. Spotify has lower prices.
2. Amazon music is a contact based platform
In the early days of the internet, the music business was dominated by the now defunct Napster.
Many musicians would upload their music to Napster, and hope it would be streamed by fans.
Napster was a better site than Amazon Music. In addition, Napster allowed users to share tracks with other users.
Because of Napster, there was no need for artists to promote their music. Napster just had to maintain the website and deal with the lawsuits from the major record companies.
In addition, a lot of artists who uploaded their music to Napster lost all their income due to the loss of their account due to the loss of funds by the artist.
If you do not want to deal with Napster, then you should make sure to sell your music to any other platforms, like YouTube, Google play, and others.
If you do not sell to these platforms, then your sales will be impacted by the change in consumer behavior. Many artists still use Napster, but they now have to deal with stricter legal conditions from the record companies.
A contact based music platform has more opportunities for you to succeed. It is easier to promote your music on a contact based platform because you have direct interaction with your fans.
In addition, contact based platforms are more open to the royalty collection business model.
3. You have to sell for more than one day
You need to sell your music for at least a week in order to be successful on Amazon music. Why?
It’s because the Amazon music platform is a reward based platform. There are special Amazon music sales, where you get paid more.
For example, if you release an album, then you get a bundle of rights from Amazon.
What if you release a single, then you have to pay 50% of the publishing rights. How do you do that?
Well, you go to Amazon and put your single for sale. Then your fans can buy the single.
On top of that, you must pay the publisher 50%. You must pay the publisher for the music, and the publishing rights.
How to sell music to amazon.com
First and foremost you need to upload the songs to the site.
It’s really simple and for your convenience here are the steps:
- Go to this link https://www.amazon.com/gp/catalog/help.html
- Choose the song you want to sell and upload the link.
- Choose your payment method and make a payment.
- You will now see your link on the Amazon site.
- Now sell your music to amazon for 99 cents, 2 dollars, 5 dollars, or 10 dollars.
- You can also sell a single track for 99 cents or you can offer a download of any song.
If you sell a track that’s 10 dollars you are making money every time someone buys a song from your site.