Knowledge Base Article: KB2439
Topic: FAQ - RadioSparx - Artist, Composer, Label (Content Provider) Issues

Title: How do I get paid for the use of my music on RadioSparx, and why do earnings-per-stream vary?

Last Reviewed: Jun 24, 2017
Keywords: How much does each play earn commission for my Radiosparx music? Why so little in earnings? license fees Radiosparx sales Radiosparx earnings on radiosparx commissions Radiosparx payments Radiosparx revenue royalty distributions how much for each stream?

Q.  How do I get paid for the use of my music on RadioSparx?  

A.  This article explains how RadioSparx subscriptions and earnings-per-stream are handled here.

RadioSparx Subscription Options
RadioSparx is a for-pay commercial background music service, and we also offer a personal-use-only subscription.  As clients subscribe to the service they pay up-front for a subscription term of either one month, 3-months, 6-months, or 12-months.  As they use their subscription service, at the end of each month of service, we then have a record of exactly which tracks the client played during that month of service.  So then at the end of each month of service, we are able to apportion a prorated share of the fee paid by the client to each AudioSparx vendor who had one or more tracks that were listened to by the client during the month.  

The revenue is apportioned in amounts relative to the number of times each track was played in comparison to the total number of tracks the client played at each of their locations, so tracks that were played frequently earn more money than tracks that were played infrequently.

Earnings per stream vary greatly based on whether each client plays the music non-stop day and night, or whether they play the music intermittently, or just during certain hours of the day. All per-track earnings are based entirely on the actual play history for each paying client.  The more a client plays the music, the less each individual track earns out of the monthly portion of each client's subscription fee.  Conversely, the less a client plays the music, the higher the relative earnings are for each individual stream that was played during the month.  We have no direct control over this and cannot force earnings to be higher or lower per stream for any individual client's use of the service.

To illustrate, suppose a client with one location pays $19.95 for a month's service and during that month plays 10,000 streams.  The earnings-per-stream would be $19.95/10,000 = $0.001995. On the other hand, suppose the same client plays only 2,000 streams during the month.  The earnings-per-stream in this case would be $19.95/2,000 = $0.009975.  These per-stream earnings are "gross revenue" (i.e. the amount received by AudioSparx from the client), and you would earn the standard 40% of this per-stream revenue.

Rebroadcasting Subscriptions
Additionally, RadioSparx has some "rebroadcasting" clients who utilize the RadioSparx service as the music source for their own Internet-based or broadcast based radio service.  Earnings from such clients are considerably higher on a per-stream basis than when a subscription is played as background music at a single business location (store, restaurant, etc).

Royalty Postings to Vendor Accounts
Earnings are posted to vendor accounts here at the end of each month of each active client's subscription term.  All money that is earned for background music service, whether via RadioSparx or in relation to the use of our music by some external music service, is reported under the RadioSparx section of the Sales Report. 

Earnings Can Vary Over Time
Earnings can go up or down over time for various different reasons.  Any clients may heavily play stations that include your music during one month but then change to different stations the next month to stations that happen to not include your music.  Hence, there is no guarantee that sales and play volume for any particular track will stay the same or grow over time, although in general, the service is expanding rapidly and sales are going up over time.

How can I find out my latest earnings from music streaming on RadioSparx?  

Log in to AudioSparx, then click on MyAccount at the top right of the AudioSparx website, then click on the Reports tab, click on the Sales Report link and select the date range for which you wish to run the report. The RadioSparx earnings will appear in the bottom section of the report.

How to Enhance Your Earnings on RadioSparx

Our Top-earning composers and producers on RadioSparx often have from 100 to 1,000+ tracks featured. Our top-selling stations are generally our pop-oriented vocal stations. Trendy vocals or fun vocal samples can often be a winner. Please check our current top stations to consider creating music for these popular stations: – and it’s best to keep your track lengths around 2.0 to 4.0 minutes. Songs for massage therapy can be longer (5.0 to 10.0 minutes). Note: For tracks to be considered for RadioSparx stations and our AudioSparx Playlists, they must be at least 80 seconds in length or longer.

To learn how RadioSparx compares to various other methods of generating revenue for music, please see this article:


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