Footprint analysis: will NFTs disrupt the music industry next?

By | January 10, 2022

At the close of 2021, the Collins Dictionary named “NFT” as the word of the year.

Non-fungible tokens have already rocked the art world and have become a household name. When you say “NFT”, most people will at least guess that you mean some kind of computerized image.

However, NFT technology has the same or greater adoption potential in areas outside of visual art, although these usage scenarios are relatively unknown.

According to Footprint Analytics, music NFTs currently represent only 0.11% of the total NFT market. However, this is likely to change.

NFT Market Share of NFT Vol (Source FootPrint Analytics)
Footprint Analysis: NFT Volume Market Share by Category (

According to IFPI, the global music industry generated $ 21.6 billion in revenue. Meanwhile, capital markets are realizing the potential of musical NFTs.

  • June: Opulous, the first platform to launch NFT with music copyrights, raised $ 6.5 million.
  • August – NFT Market Catalog Raised $ 2.2 Million in Funding.
  • November: Music platform NFT Royal, which helps music artists build web3 communities, secured $ 55 million in Series A funding from a16z,
Footprint Analytics: Monthly Investment by Category (
Footprint Analytics: Monthly Investment by Category (

What is a Music NFT?

Unlike an ordinary unit of cryptocurrency, each NFT can represent a single digital asset, serving as proof of ownership, while the token appears similar in the cyber world. They are unique digital collectibles that can represent many categories of digital assets, including paintings, sounds, videos, and game items. Music NFTs contain music files

The history of the music industry, from vinyl records to tapes, walkmans to Spotify, shows a clear trend line or technology that makes music more and more convenient, and NFTs will continue this trend.

How NFTs Will Change the Music Industry

Economic benefits

The high price of music NFTs compared to the cost of regular listening is attractive to independent musicians. On Spotify, the average “per play” pay to artists is $ 0.003 to $ 0.005, which works out to just $ 3,000 to $ 5,000 for 1 million plays. On the other hand, music NFTs can easily fetch tens of thousands of dollars because [how is this economically possible?]

The key difference is that, in addition to price per play, music NFTs can also earn money based on their unique value to an individual, such as a fan or collector.

Attached rights

Music NFTs often have other interesting “bonuses” attached to them in addition to commercial ownership of digital collectibles.

On the one hand, buyers can use musical NFTs as a capital investment, where the artist relinquishes a portion of ownership of the song, giving the buyer a real return on their investment.

On the other hand, the artist can also add benefits to NFT music, such as concert tickets or physical products, which provide the buyer with a memorable experience.

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Music NFTs can fund crowdfunding launches, which is a great opportunity for independent artists. For example, Danny Saucedo, a Swedish artist, has released several singles with the help of fans.

Additionally, those who help crowdfunding artists can also receive NFT as proof of their commitment and action within a group, which could lead to more benefits later, such as fan-only releases, the opportunity to participate in pre-sales, and more.

Top 3 Platforms for Musical NFTs

While NFT platforms still support relatively few public broadcasters, NFT music platforms already have some well-known artists.

While record companies control copyrights and Internet companies control traffic, NFT music platforms connect artists with fans directly, democratizing music through fan-determined pricing and putting the industry out of the box. music firmly in the hands of ordinary people.

A new era for creators

Footprint Analysis: Monthly Trading Volume in NFT, 2021 (
Footprint Analysis: Monthly Trading Volume in NFT, 2021 (

The NFT market has exploded, penetrating every corner of the global art market in just one year. The rise of musical NFTs has the ability to do the same with recording while giving artists more control over their work.

  • January 10, 2021, Lesley
  • Data source: footprint analysis

This report was presented by Footprint Analytics.

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