Posts Tagged 'P.A.N'

Spotify money report

This will be in English, to follow up an earlier post. Since I notice the search terms on “Spotify revenue” from visitors to my blog, I suppose the subject is interesting for you. Yesterday I got the first report from our distributor Phonofile, which has added Spotify to their flora of webshops.

As we are a small record company and not too famous bands, the numbers might seem small, but compared to other services like Last FM, we have a much better channel at Spotify, with more listeners. It seems like a great streaming service and I hope they will develop even more. It is also a wonderful alternative to illegal file sharing, since it really disarms all their arguments: Easy, free and with a great range of products.

Our band The Modesty gets the largest audience and we hope for even more, since they will tour England in the autumn. 8000 listeners from april – june is quite nice I think, and the detailed statistics tells about nationalities, popular songs and the type of Spotify account. The money then? Well, Gramtone gets a total of 6,87 Norwegian Kronor for this listening. Mainly the amount comes from the large numbers of free advert-based account. Tree full of people got 250 listeners and earned Gramtone 0,30 Norwegian Kronor and P.A.N got 300 listener and 0,27 Norwegian kronor.

The monetary infrastructure goes like this: Spotify shares the income 50/50, then our distributor gets 20% and after Gramtone gets the amounts I just mentioned, we share it 90/10 in the artists favour.

 So there you have it. Nothing to make a living from, but maybe a complement to other channels for our bands.

Spotify a loss for musicians?

spotifylogoRecently a new service has emerged from a swedish company Spotify. They offer a gigantic music library available for streaming, a brilliant idea at first and we at Gramtone got on the bus. Through our distributor Phonofile in Norway, we are avaliable on Spotify since last week. Our three releases The Modesty, Tree full of people and PAN are all available. Our coming releases Ralph and Kallocain wants to be published too.

But when talking about the economy, the terms are not particilarly ok for the musicians. First, the income generally is modest, where enormous amounts of artists will share a fairy small cake of money from ads and some paying for subscriptions. Then Spotify shares it 50/50. After that the distributor get 20% and the rest goes into the record company. Since Gramtone has a philosophy of high percentage to our bands, 80-90% of our income, they will get what they can. But as our distributor explained a bit ironically:
“…which will come down to about 0,000000001 euro per play”.
So if an atist is played about one billion times, the will get one euro from Spotify. A revolution? No, but hopefully a complement.

An other thought: Will streaming services really benefit music in the long term? The huge amounts of small labels and independent bands will be forced to work with the few, huge companies that can afford this kind of technology. Now when web publishing is cheap, one can set up their own webshop and work directly with the audience without middlemen, this kind of service maybe puts a gigantic middleman to separate this direct contact. But I might be wrong. It would be cool to hear about Spotifys strategies. I will call them. I also have a few more subjects to talk with them about.

This article (in swedish though) tells about recent development. As usual, the comments are very interesting:

Edit 8/8 2009: Read the post after our first report from our distributor “Spotify money report”:

Gramtone releases P.A.N.

heritage_front_grammoshopThe debut album Heritage by P.A.N. is released on Gramtone. Behind the title is the musician Pär Näsbom, a Swede living in Switzerland where he works at a symphony orchestra. As a classic musician he started at the Norrland opera, andhas toured in Europe, USA and the orient. The violinist Pinchas Zukerman and the  pianist Christian Zacharias are some people he worked with. A violin concert by Alfred Felder were dedicated to Pär. As a folk musician he has toured USA and Europe for many years. With Anne Sofie von Otter he got an outlet for his pop skills. He also works as a studio musician.

Heritage is his first album. Here he mixes blues, country and folk, working entirely with his own material. “I have no certain inspirational sources except the musical heritage we all have who experienced the sixties and the seventies”, he says. The lyrics tries to reflect the human with her uncertainty, happiness, unhappiness, love and his favourite subject – people convinced of their own excellence. He used to write in Swedish but after 27 years abroad he thinks it’s hard to find the right nuances in the language. “It feels like the material is right and that I have to”.

The album is recorded in Skåne, Sweden, by another renowned musician, Bebe Risenfors. He has participated on Tom Waits and Elvis Costello albums. Bebe and Pär met in Paris where they played in the same band and came up with the idea to record this album from Pärs songs.

Gramtone is happy to work with such renowned musicians, where we can offer our unique form of distribution with cooperative ownership and a larger part of the cake to our musicians. P.A.N. is our third album.


Gramtone är musikutgivare och bas för ett gäng musiker och låtskrivare, baserade i Norrköping. Vi äger bolaget och studion tillsammans, folk med olika bakgrund och olika smak. Två dussin är vi, som ställer allt vi äger i ett rum och säger: varsågoda. Ett kollektiv av individualister har vi kallats, och varför inte: Grammisar har vunnits, stipendier har fåtts, medan somliga är kända för helt andra saker. Alla spelar roll, men inte nödvändigtvis rock. En driver ett enmansprojekt, en annan är med i fem band samtidigt. Några är runt 20, några har fyllt 50. En fick pris för årets bästa museum. Någon ligger bakom Softubes banbrytande pluggar och någon har fått utmärkelse för, hör och häpna, bästa fotbollslåt.

Gramtone satsar på en liten, spännande utgivning av ostyrig, vacker musik. Lyssna där du vill, vi finns i alla de vedertagna kanalerna. Vissa spelar live, andra spelar in. Några älskar att skriva låtar, andra spelar gitarr så fingrarna blöder. Gramtone är en plattform som används av varje band och artist som det passar dem bäst. Ibland är vi en lekplats, ibland kreativt nav, affärsyta eller en trampolin för musikkarriärer. Vi blir planterade och uppodlade av varandra, och vi gillar't. Vi tycker att musik gör tillvaron större och vill man att något ska finnas, då ska man också skapa det. Tre dussin utgivningar hittills, och mycket på gång. Titta in, lyssna in, och häng med.