For all music enthusiasts, making money while listening to music sounds too good to be true, but a fun website called Slicethepie helps you do exactly that. Getting paid to listen to some of your favourite genres is every music lover’s dream and what’s great is that Slicethepie doesn’t even limit your reviews.
Most of your reviews go directly to unsigned artists to give them feedback so Slicethepie find the best ones to put forward for A&R opportunities and radio placement. Confused? Here’s how it works…
A music scout is basically a reviewer. To start reviewing online, all you’ve got to do is register and you’ll receive a confirmation email with an activation code. Follow the steps to change the password and you’ll be ready to start listening.
The scouting room is where all the reviewing takes place. The bands upload their tracks to the room and then Slicethepie selects them at random for you to listen to. All the tracks are anonymous until you’ve reviewed them which means you can’t be picky about what you review or favour a particular band. It’s pretty clever actually.
To carry out a review you get to listen to a track and after 60 seconds you can start writing your opinion. After you’ve listened to the sound clip as many times as you want, you have to rate it from 1–10 and then submit your review in order to start another one. Each review you submit uses ‘energy’ and when yours runs out you can’t submit any more reviews. You earn extra ‘energy’ every three minutes.
The tricky bit is how to get the maximum amount of money out of your review. Rather than a flat rate, Slicethepie pays you depending on your star rating which in turn depends on the quality of your reviews, judged on the following criteria:
- How close your rating of the track is to the average score the track has received from other reviewers.
- Whether your feedback is detailed and meaningful – something that will actually benefit the artist.
- How active you are as a scout – the more proper reviews you do, the higher your rating (this is not true if you aren’t taking the time to correctly review the tracks).
- Your ability to spot and ‘tip’ artists that go on to have success.
The money you make per review also depends on the particular scout room you’re reviewing in. Slicethepie has more than 10,000 reviews every day and so to keep up with demand, they set the fee-per-track according to how many reviews of each track they allow. So if there are loads of people wanting to review, the amount of reviews each track can receive is increased and each reviewer earns less. This works out well for the bands who get more feedback, but not so well for the scouts or reviewers who get paid less.
Each scout group clearly states how much you get paid per track. A pretty standard guide for how much Slicethepie pays out is:
- One star: 2p per review
- Two stars: 4p per review
- Three stars: 6p per review
- Four stars: 8p per review
- Five stars: 10p per review
However, the website does say that scouts can earn up to 25p per review, so look out for those higher-earning scout groups and do as many reviews in them as you can in order to maximise your earnings.
As well as earning money by reviewing, you can also earn a ‘tip’ for every ten reviews you do. Tips can be used to back a band you think are really good, and if they then get through to the next stage you get a free backstage pass for the band. This gives you their album for free, or you can choose to buy the contracts it entitles you to in order to make money from their album sales later on.
The maximum of 25p per song means that if songs are an average of three minutes and you therefore listen to ten in half an hour, you’re looking at £5 an hour earnings. This doesn’t sound much, but this is a great thing to do whilst you’re doing something else, like eating or watching TV, as long as you can concentrate enough to do decent reviews. You also don’t have to listen to the whole three minutes of the song if you really hate it. However, the length of time you listen for is taken into account when Slicethepie rates you, so you should listen to as much of the track as you can bear.
You can also make 10% of review earnings if you recommend a friend. For example, if your friend earns $0.20 for a review, you’ll get $0.02. You can invite as many friends as you like and get a referral bonus too.