Popular artist deletes all music from online platforms
Coast musician Andrea Kirwin has made a bold stand for artists by requesting her music be deleted from all online platforms, including Spotify and Apple Music.
In a recent social media post, Kirwin claimed the current way of listening to music was 'unfair' and not sustainable for most artists.
"I am always looking at ways to move more towards sustainability, and the current streaming system and payments for artists' work is not a fair exchange for our original content," she wrote.
"So, I'm taking my music down and reassessing my direction for my new releases.
"I've always thought this was a necessary, but financially unviable, step that we take as artists so that people can discover our music. But I've realised just how unfair the streaming and online platforms are towards artists."
Currently, Kirwin receives about $20 a month for around 5000 online streams of her original music. This equates to less than half-a-cent per stream.
Kirwin has over 80 subscribers on her Patreon account - collectively paying over $2000 a month in subscription fees for services including music lessons and live concerts.
Add to that, a soon-to-be-opened recording studio in Nambour, and the entrepreneurial artist is leading the charge of artists tuning their back on the big online streaming services.
"The subscribers have seriously helped me survive through the incredibly challenging past few months," Kirwin said.
"They have literally saved my family and put food on my table. And so I've made the decision to stop giving my music away.
"I need to be the change that I so desperately want to see for myself and for so many of my friends who are artists and musicians."