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Thanks for posting this.
Very interesting -- and who knew!!

I never heard of "solo piano."
I mean, of course I heard of solo piano grin but not in this meaning of it, and didn't know there was any such thing, although I was a fan of George Winston, who is said in the article to have been "the godfather of all this" (and I still have one of his albums).

I imagine that most people reading the article will have at least a second's worth of thought of, "How can I do this."
Including me, even though I'm not interested to do it and am pretty sure I couldn't, for multiple reasons including that I don't play the kind of music that I imagine it all is.

But I'm glad it's possible for some people to be making money from this, and glad that it means so many million people are so interested in any kind of thing that's called "solo piano."

Question: I imagine this is in the article somewhere, but I didn't see it.
How exactly do they make the money?
Where does it come from?

Sure, I see all that stuff about a billion "streamings" and Spotify and Schmotify. ha
But where does the money come from?
I guess I just don't know how those things work.

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Yes, interesting article. I used to listen to Winston's music now and then too, and still have several of his LPs and CDs (split between the older Windham Hill and the newer "Dancing Cat" labels), and I saw/heard Winston in concert once.

As to how the money moves around, I found an article here that outlines it:

https://www.investopedia.com/articl.../how-pandora-and-spotify-pay-artists.asp

Interesting that YouTube is "The worst-paying platform historically."...with a per-play rate that is an order of magnitude smaller than Pandora or Spotify.

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Thank you -- so, I see that people get paid for every time a thing of theirs gets listened to.
Looks like it's just a tiny, tiny fraction of a penny each time. It's hard to get that to add up.

I didn't look at it closely enough to be able to tell if that applies to youtube videos, and to all of them. If it does, they owe me maybe something like half a cent. I'm going to take them to court if they don't pay up soon.

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Haha, good luck! You have to first "monetize" your YouTube site in order to get royalties from it. And that has its downsides...like more annoying ad intrusion for anyone watching your videos.

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Haha, good luck! You have to first "monetize" your YouTube site in order to get royalties from it. And that has its downsides...like more annoying ad intrusion for anyone watching your videos.
Aha! -- so that means, when we see those ads, it means those people are "monetized."
I wondered.

I'm happy letting youtube keep the fraction of a penny. grin

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Yes, interesting article. I used to listen to Winston's music now and then too, and still As to how the money moves around, I found an article here that outlines it:

https://www.investopedia.com/articl.../how-pandora-and-spotify-pay-artists.asp
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Long ago, in the dawn of the Internet age, pirates ruled the digital waves and music-lovers found, to their delight, that anything could be downloaded for free.
I have discovered a Russian torrent site, and I am listening to so much stuff from there that I don't have the time to play the piano. blush I've been going through complete catalogs of jazz artists; I'm currently digesting 44 GB of Chet Baker shocked (he's an amazingly good vocalists as well). I think I've gone through half of Oscar Peterson (his catalog is in 2 big torrents).

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I hope you realize these torrents you use are illegal and you’re basically pirating music.

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Thanks for this! :-)
They have their own radio station where you can submit your own solo piano pieces: https://www.solopianoradio.com/help.htm


Hopefully one day I will do my interpretation of Bach French Suite no. 2 in C minor, BWV 813
Right now I'm working on Bach Minuet G Major! :-)
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