Take a look at this really interesting graph that gives you a better sense of how musicians actually make money. The graph looks at everything from physical CD sales to digital downloads to streaming and charts the amount an artist would have to sell to actually earn the monthly U.S. minimum monthly wage of $1,160. For instance, to earn that amount, an artist would need 4 million Spotify plays. Keep in mind, these numbers are for a solo artist. In the case of a band, you’d most likely have to multiply that number by five.