The band does not just wake up one morning and, poof, a CD in on the shelf in the stores. This effort to put this CD on the shelf is a long and
drawn out process.
1) The artists have to write and practice this music until they perfect it. This does not just happen either. They had to learn to play the
instruments, they must buy new ones, and maintain the ones they have. Even if the process went no further than this there is considerable time,
money, and effort put into this by the band.
2) They now need to rent a studio, Hire sound engineers, and spend the next few months playing and remixing the tracks until it has just the right
sound. The studio rent and sound engineers do not come cheap either, this is their job after all they need to make their living at this. Even if the
band members own a studio, and are sound engineers themselves, they have now put forth even more time and money on their part to get the album
3) Now the album needs to go to press. Again this is not cheap. Sure each CD may only cost a few cents but there will be millions of them made.
Again if the band has the equipment and does it themselves this is still a huge expense on their part.
4) You now need an artist to make you an album cover. This is going to cost some cash as the artist who designs this cover is also trying to make a
living. Or yes the band can make their own, but now even more time and effort, not to mention the years of working on this skill on top of their
5) You now package the CD with the album booklet costing another large sum of money.
6) Next you have to get this CD in the stores. This takes promotional work. Door to door, telephone, email, whatever it takes. This store is not
just going to buy your CD to resell if you do not get the album promoted, and convince the store they can resell it. So now you have hired a
All of this took a few years to accomplish, and millions of dollars. It involved far more people than the band. There are the small time factory
workers working for minimum wage to mass produce the actual disk, case, and album booklets. The Delivery drivers that deliver the components and the
finished products, Sales people in the store selling the CD, the owners of the factories, stores, and warehouses used to make, deliver and sell the
CD. The sound engineers, Agents and promoters, and all the assistants to go along with these people; secretaries, janitors, caterers, etc. These
people all have to have supplies to do their jobs, transportation to get to and from the job. Transportation to make the product. Gas, food,
electricity, houses to live in. This is not just some nameless corporation that waves a wand and a CD appears in a store. There are thousands of
people who depend on these jobs to make and sell this CD, that have absolutely nothing to do with the band. Sure the corporation may take the largest
sum of money for the sale, but they also put up literally millions even billions of dollars in advance to make this CD possible.
On top of this if you are “with” a label you do not just go out on tour and make cash. This tour is paid for and promoted by the label, and they
are indeed making their cut of this as well. If you sign with a label they basically own you and your music for the duration of your contract. You
can’t go out and do anything on your own. This would be a breach of contract as they have leased you and your talent as their sole property for
some amount of time. This ensures them a return on their investment in you. They are paying for your CD to be made, they pay for your tours, they
pay for your promotion and advertisement. In some cases the contract may even be that they own the music you make during this time even after the
contract is up. This is all reasons why some Musicians do not go with a major label. My cousin is one of them. She is a fairly popular singer in
today’s pop world. However the label she was with did not sit with here morals and ideals. And she did not like some of the contract clauses. So
after the contract with them was up, she started her own private label, and now puts up all the money for every aspect of her music from her pockets.
Sure she could be a “Britney” or a “Madonna” now, but she did not agree with the morality of this record label and their level of control on
her life. She chose the lower key career, in favor of the freedom it gave her.
I do not use publishers for my software for this very reason. I do not see that this corporation needs to be making so much money off my talents, and
labor. But if I did I could indeed make far more money for my effort, as this corporation also will be spending this money to produce, promote, and
distribute my work. Maybe I am selfish, as my efforts could be providing jobs for thousands of people in the manufacturing and retail industries.
This also assumes my project is wanted by enough people to warrant this however.
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edit on 5-10-2011 by byeluvolk because: (no reason given)