◎音樂產業分析機構MIDiA最近估計，DIY和自己發行作品的藝人在2018年獲得了6.43億美元的錄製音樂收入。MBW的Tim Ingram查看了包括Tunecore、CD Baby、DistroKid和Ditto等DIY分銷商的最新數據，增加了1億美元的DIY出版收入，估計2019年DIY藝人的總收入為10億美元。但這些估算都不包括現場表演費、商品銷售和DIY音樂人的其他收入來源，各種估計顯示，一般藝人光是透過現場表演的相關收入就佔總收入的50%至65%，這讓DIY藝人的總收入至少又增加了10億美元。這DIY音樂收入的20多億美元對音樂產業的其他部分來說並沒有失去，無數初創公司甚至主要廠牌都希望能夠為該行業提供服務並從中獲利。
DIY musicians now in earn more than $2 billion a year from recorded music, music publishing income, live performance fees, merchandise sales and other income.
Music industry analysts MIDiA recently estimated that DIY and self releasing artists earned $643 million in recorded music revenue in 2018. In a new Rolling Stone piece, MBW's Tim Ingram looked at more recent data from DIY distributors including Tunecore, CD Baby, DistroKid and Ditto and added $100 million in DIY publishing revenue, to estimate a total earned by DIY artists of $1 billion in 2019.
But neither of those estimates include live performance fees, merchandise sales and other sources of income for DIY musicians.
Various estimates show that the average artist makes between 50% and 65% of their total income from live performance related income alone, adding at least another $1 billion in revenue to the DIY total.
This surge past $2 billion in DIY music revenue is not lost on the rest of the music industry, with countless startups and even the major labels all hoping to serve and profit from the sector.
For the labels, that's meant offering more artist services and investing in independent distribution. But the real growth is being driven by streaming, DIY digital distribution and tech based artist services like Bandcamp and Bandzoogle that are are helping hundreds of thousands turn their DIY music dreams into businesses.