SoundCloud is unique in the social media and music streaming worlds. You can follow bands and musicians like a social network, bust the basis of the platform is uploading music. This duality has lead to it becoming quite popular, especially when you add on the free to join angle.
Artists wanting to make money directly off SoundCloud, however, have had few options. It had been working great as a way to gain exposure, but it wasn’t until they added the On SoundCloud monetization option that artists could make money off their creations. I’m going to help you understand how you can make money on SoundCloud, and show you a few promotion ideas to get you going.
Making money on SoundCloud: The On SoundCloud program
The On SoundCloud partner program is quite similar to YouTube’s Partner Program. Artists are paid when users view or listen to ads while enjoying the music the artists upload. The general idea is that artists are paid for each ad that plays during one of their tracks in the same manner as YouTube’s Partner Program shares revenue.
The great thing about the On SoundCloud program is that it goes directly to the artists. There’s no middle company, record company, or brand getting in the way. Artists have a direct connection to their music making money.
The tiers of the On SoundCloud program
As with everything online, a few tiers of service have been created. Each one offers bands different services, has different costs associated with it, but only one will get you paid for your music:
Partner: This free account is for beginners. There is no monetization option. What you get is:
3 hours of free uploads of your tracks
Basic stats to start growing your following
The ability to join their Insider group for free tips
There’s no money to be made here directly, but you can work on getting your tracks heard and your name out there.
Pro/Pro Unlimited: There is only one difference between Pro, and Pro Unlimited. The Pro Unlimited offers you an unlimited amount of uploads, while Pro offers 6 hours. The similarities are:
The ability to showcase your 5 best tracks by pinning them to the top of your listing
Geo-based statistics to see where your fans are
Social statistics to see which platforms are being used to embed your tracks
The other difference is, you guessed it, the cost. Pro costs £3.99/month or £35/year. Pro Unlimited, with unlimited track upload space, costs £8/month or £75/year.
Premier: This has all of the features of Pro Unlimited, plus a little more:
An account manager who will help you mak