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How to Sell / Protect your new CD

Posted: May 4th, 2015, 7:12pm
by Boomtwang
An older friend of mine asked me what is the most convenient and mostly legal way to promote and sell a musicians new original CD ? Do you allow the listeners to hear a thirty second portion of each tune , or just give the whole album out as is ? How does a musician capitalize financially these days ? Even I have no solid answer . Any actual advice from a recent situation , Thank You !

Re: How to Sell / Protect your new CD

Posted: May 4th, 2015, 10:23pm
by yellow ed
Protect it? You mean like registering a copyright and listing it with a publishing company?

Re: How to Sell / Protect your new CD

Posted: May 5th, 2015, 12:50pm
by sevenyearsdown
If you want to sell it to anyone under the age of 40, then use one of the many downloadable services available for such things.

Re: How to Sell / Protect your new CD

Posted: May 5th, 2015, 7:11pm
by justme
Promoting a new CD is easy but selling the CD is a different story.
I'll make 3 valid points for your friend...
1. If you play music for $ yer in the wrong biz, especially in this town where even cover bands are underpaid and underappreciated.
2. If the music isn't rap or country no one under 30 will care.
3. The easiest way to try and sell CDs is at your gigs, if you can get any.

Re: How to Sell / Protect your new CD

Posted: May 5th, 2015, 7:13pm
by justme
people over 40 don't care about original music, except me

Re: How to Sell / Protect your new CD

Posted: May 6th, 2015, 8:48am
by yellow ed
I know of two record stores in the city that are constantly full of people well under thirty buying original music that isn't rap or country.

Re: How to Sell / Protect your new CD

Posted: May 6th, 2015, 3:30pm
by All Change is Good
www.Copyright.gov. Copyright each song.

Re: How to Sell / Protect your new CD

Posted: May 6th, 2015, 3:36pm
by justme
well, I'm disillusioned and hopelessly jaded,
hopefully more positive responses will come yer way...

Re: How to Sell / Protect your new CD

Posted: May 6th, 2015, 3:46pm
by All Change is Good
The copyright office is a source of hope and joy.

Re: How to Sell / Protect your new CD

Posted: May 7th, 2015, 7:26am
by gjcamann
I second selling CD's to drunk chicks at shows. My wife buys them all the time... and then never listens to them.

I don't think stealing music songs is what it used to be because it's too much of a hassle - especially with the decline of the PC, CD and USB drives. It's just easier to buy the good songs for $5 on itunes or Amazon MP3, and stream it when I want it on your phone.

He could probably share full versions of the songs on SoundCloud or even YouTube with a reasonable expectation that no one will bother stealing it - of course if he's old and jaded, then forget that argument. I also believe that if he's a small time musician - then the people who care about his music will care about him and buy it instead of steal it.