In-store music: more statistics from Soundreef

Posted on 20 Feb 2014 |

Hannah Boothby, Soundreef

Soundreef continues to support independent artists in the ways that really make a difference: we get their music heard, and we make sure they’re paid when their music is played. We’re delighted to announce that we’ve just paid our artists their royalties for the second semester of 2013 – and it was another big pay out! We can now bring your results for the whole of 2013.

The artists

Soundreef works directly with independent artists – from established acts to solo singer-songwriters who are just starting out – paying them to use their songs as background music in stores. Our top independent band earned a massive €5550, with 908 bands earning from their music for the first time in the second semester of 2013.

Music libraries, record labels and music publishers

Soundreef also pays artists for their work via their existing music libraries, publishers and record labels. Our highest earning content provider, publisher or record label took home €289,425 for their songs. Our highest earning small publisher made €7141.60 despite representing only three artists. The average earning for content providers, publishers and record labels was €6298.

Our members earn more

On average, our artists earned €257 each, and their Soundreef membership is free.

  • Artists pay for membership of the Italian collecting society SIAE, but 65% of them do not recoup their fee through royalties.
  • The UK collecting society PRS collects for much wider uses of its members music than Soundreef – but 16,000 of PRS’s 30,000 members apparently earned less than £100 in 1998-2000, though these figures are difficult to verify.

The audience

Soundreef now has a database of 170,000 songs, which means we’ve added nearly 20,000 songs since our last royalty payment in 2013. In the six months since that last payment, the audience for our songs has grown by 100 million, with 145 million people now hearing our artists every month in the UK, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Sweden, India, France, Czech Republic, Romania and Greece. An astonishing 98% of Soundreef customers chose to renew their subscriptions from 2013-2014.