If your videos on youtube have been streamed over 1 million times you might realistically assume the amount due to you may not be enough to live on for a year, but enough for a month or two. Unfortunately, you’re wrong.
According to an anonymous artist via Digital Music News, after 1,048,305 plays on YouTube he/she only received $64.60.
It’s becoming increasing more difficult for artists to earn a living via digital streaming whether that be Spotify or other streaming services, such as Youtube. In fact, this points to total revenues per view: $0.0000616.
Understandably the artists aren’t focusing their efforts on videos as a source of revenue. It appears that to make money from your music in today’s market you need to either get billions of plays or focus on live music performances, selling music on tangible formats like vinyl, CD, etc, and selling merchandise.