I wanted to talk a little about my decisions relating to pricing / distribution of music.
First off, thanks to anyone who has bought my music. I know you don’t have to, and I appreciate it immensely. I am in no way financially well off and every little sale is a big help to me doing this.
At the current time, I know it is easy to get music for free. As an artist you face the dilemma of asking for money you know people don’t have to give you, or just giving it away free in hopes that it will spread more rapidly, and somehow translate into earning by some other means.
I am thinking through different models for the next release, but at the moment, even if only 10% of potential fans are willing to buy the music, it still helps me a lot. For those who ask, yes, the money from Bandcamp goes direct to me, and the money from iTunes and elsewhere goes as direct as possible.
All in all, the music “industry” is still in disarray, and it is difficult to decide what options are best for different types of artists at different stages of their career. Its a tough call and like many of us, I’m figuring it out as I go.
Please feel free to share your opinions in the comments section below.
Thanks so much