StevenOBrien

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  • in reply to: How are Sub Libraries paying writers? #35702
    StevenOBrien
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    Any subscription site not offering an upfront payment per track is a complete scam. The revenue-share model barely worked with pay-per-track RF, and it certainly will never work here.

    in reply to: Avenues for more original/less stock music #34330
    StevenOBrien
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    Hey, I heard your tracks in the other thread. I’d suggest going straight to submitting to exclusive libraries that focus on TV placements. Your music is of a very high quality, and I would say you have a very good chance of being accepted into libraries that will earn you good money.

    With regards to RF, I would recommend waiting to see how that market evolves over the next year before putting much work into it. Even in the last few months, things have been declining quite dramatically.

    If you do end up going that route, I actually found that on RF sites my happy ukulele tracks were among my worst-sellers, while my sparse emotional cues were among my best sellers. Weird huh?

    in reply to: 5 Year Report #34329
    StevenOBrien
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    Yes, for RF the full versions of my tracks were only 30% of my sales. Stingers and timed cuts are very important for that market.

    in reply to: Is anyone making any money from stock music anymore? #34328
    StevenOBrien
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    I was making between $500-$1000 month from Pond5 in 2018, but it started to taper off in 2019. I tried to expand out to other RF sites, but was always either rejected or given terrible terms, so when I left Pond5 after the change, my revenue from stock music dropped to $0. From what I’ve heard, their sales are so bad now that I haven’t lost much revenue by leaving.

    I still sometimes make sales through my SoundCloud, but you’re talking the odd $50 maybe once every month or two.

    in reply to: Question for UK PRS/ASCAP members #34024
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    in reply to: Winds of change?….fun Predictions for 2020 ?……… #34007
    StevenOBrien
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    I don’t think I’ll be putting as much of a focus on library music this year. I have ~200 unpublished tracks consisting of both re-worked RF music and new music that I was planning to finish up and shop around to exclusives, but the situation regarding royalties seems so volatile at the moment that I’ve become extremely reluctant to sign them away without having a better idea of how things will play out. I don’t want to be in a situation where they’re stuck in libraries for years, being placed in situations where they just won’t earn me anything.

    I’ve been talking to the lead signer of a successful foreign pop-group recently who wants to license beats from me, so hopefully that’ll lead to greener pastures. But if not, I think I’ll be focusing web design/programming work for the next year instead of music until things settle down. 🙂

    in reply to: Submission – Composer #34002
    StevenOBrien
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    Are you sure the composer isn’t also the owner (or a partner, etc.)?

    in reply to: Not Sure What to Make of This #33973
    StevenOBrien
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    “so we want a really driving cue for this commercial”
    “say no more fam”

    in reply to: Black Friday plugin deals 2019 #33329
    StevenOBrien
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    Those Waves plugins are always “on sale” at ~$30 anyway. A lot of companies seem to be doing this now.

    in reply to: How exactly do writers get paid in subscription models? #33252
    StevenOBrien
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    Thanks for sharing that.

    For comparison, here’s some of my own (50/50 split) Pond5 numbers. These are average monthly earnings for a selection of tracks between Oct 2017 and Aug 2019. All 100% MIDI based, priced at $29.99:

    $15.90
    $3.67
    $11.02
    $13.45
    $1.45
    $6.23
    $14.69
    $9.96
    $5.71
    $0.87
    $0.72
    $0.00
    $2.46
    $0.87
    $4.22
    $0.00
    $2.54
    $4.20
    $33.37
    $13.62
    $13.17
    $1.64
    $7.77
    $2.14
    $0.00
    $1.08
    $5.42
    $0.00
    $28.98
    $11.26
    $1.10
    $0.00
    $0.00
    $14.46

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