First off…what is slicethepie.com?
It’s a site that was created to give aspiring musicians a chance to have their music rated and reviewed. This can lead them to raising funds to create their first album. The fans (or ‘scouts’ as they are referred to) rate and write in depth reviews which enables them to earn money themselves.
The artists with the best rated tracks get to have those showcased where the Scouts get to choose which ones they would like to support.
In return for supporting the artists the Scouts will receive a range of benefits from:
~ Free tracks
~ Free access to gigs
How does it work?
Each artist submits three tracks and these are submitted to the various Scout Rooms depending on the type of music. The Scouts are randomly given tracks which they don’t know who the artist name is nor the name of the track. Once they have reviewed that piece of music the name of the track and the artist is revealed.
This would seem to make the system of reviewing fairer because you can’t just vote on recommendations from your friends. Each music track has to have thirty separate reviews before their artist rating can be assessed. Only the top rated artists from each genre will be moved into the Showcase.
How do the Scouts earn money?
Earnings are dependant on the rating a Scout achieves by writing quality reviews, and the overall rating that the 29 other reviewers give an Artist. The ratings range from 1 to 5, with 1 being the lowest and 5 being the highest. They mention there is an algorithm which calculates these factors rather than being done by a real person.
These are the rates per star rating:
~ 1 Star – $0.03 usd per track
~ 2 Star – $0.06 usd per track
~ 3 Star – $0.09 usd per track
~ 4 Star – $0.12 usd per track
~ 5 Star – $0.15 usd per track
While it seems this is a very good way for budding musicians to get their music showcased and possibly be able to have an Album created, I worry about the amount of time that has to be spent listening and writing reviews.
When I read comments like this…
“I’ve done 35 reviews and am on 1 star and have earned $1.34 USD!”
It does make me wonder if all that effort of writing 35 reviews was actually worth it!
Or this one which when you read it makes you wonder if you really would work for only $0.94 USD per hour:
“You can comfortably review ten tracks per hour if your taking your time and as it won’t take long to get 3 stars (about 100 decent quality reviews) that would get you about $0.94 USD per hour.”
If you have a penchant for writing reviews on music then you can earn far more than $1.34 USD, but overall I do not think Slice The Pie is a Scam but there sure are far better ways to earn money from writing music reviews.
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