Along with other live streaming platforms, Instagram has become a new home for musicians and entertainers in lockdown and they can soon get paid too.
Last month Instagram announced that they had plans to help creators make money from their live-streams on the platform. Now they’ve announced that they’ll start testing and rolling out new features in June to share the revenue.
With most of the world on lockdown, artists all over the globe have taken to digital services like Twitch and Instagram to stream concerts from home in the absence of venues and festivals to play at. Whilst Twitch and YouTube have a range of options for livestreamers to make money from their viewers Instagram at the moment just offers free access to the stream.
Next month they will begin testing Badges and adverts for “a small group of creators and businesses” before potentially launching the tools wider. In an announcement they explained what badges entail:
To give fans another way to participate and show their love, we’re introducing badges that viewers can purchase during a live video.
Badges will appear next to a person’s name throughout the live video. Fans who have purchased badges in Live will stand out in the comments and unlock additional features, including placement on a creator’s list of badge holders and access to a special heart.
Creators can fill out a form to request access and the plan to expand to the US, Brazil, UK, Germany, France, Italy, Turkey, Spain, and Mexico in the next few months. Badges will be available in three different tiers: $0.99, $1.99, and $4.99.
Instagram have also revealed plans to bring adverts into their IGTV streams. Creators will be able to earn 55% of the revenues earned from ad placements on their video streams and these will also begin testing next week with a limited run of 200 creators.
Hopefully musicians from many places will soon be able to earn some money for their live streamed, home concerts in these tough times when streaming concerts have helped us stay connected and kept us listening.