While listening to the radio today, the presenter was talking just how much money was being collected in performance royalties, such as what clubs, DJs, broadcasters, etc. must play to play copyrighted music and it was just incredible the money involved. For example, if I recall right, George Michael made something like Â£800,000 in performance royalties on the song "Last Christmas" alone in 2009. If the artist got this much, I'd wonder just how much the label got who only passes a tiny fraction on to the artist. Good grief, I'm sure anyone would love to carry out a piece of work once, then sit back and relax over the years as the cheques come in. For the average person, if they lose their job, they don't get a cent further from all their work they may have carried out over the years with that company.
As I mentioned many times before, it's time now that song downloads become freely downloadable promotional material, as it's coming to the stage where it is practically impossible to stop illegal downloading of music! There are so many other ways artists can make money. First freely distribute the song to promote it and get it well known and as long as it's a song people are interested in, clubs, discos, broadcasters will perform it, which will earn the artist money on royalties and of course the artists can reap in huge profits from concerts and collector items to go along with it.