Originally posted by NeuronDivide
Originally posted by tothetenthpower
Artists make money on digital music sales, concert tickets and merchandising royalties. If you are signed by a major label, you're making
Not really... While it's true that artists now have to tour and sell merch to make any money, once you give the manager+booking
agent+promoters+publicist their cut and pay for flights+car hire+accom there's really nothing left over.
Professional musician for 20 years? Then why haven't you been researching the business side of the music?
If someone is signed to a major label, and they live up to their end of the bargain, they're making money. Major labels do not keep someone that is
NOT making money. It's pointless.
I digress for a moment to answer the question of the thread.
The music industry has not known all along that pirating does not hurt sales, because it did heavily in the beginning. It completely changed the way
the music industry works. The music industry used to be able to consider the music a product as much as the licensing, concerts, merchandising,
fundraisers, etc. But now the industry has learned that NO LONGER is it a good business model to consider the music itself a product.
Music is now the means by which we sell the products. If anyone is charging for people to listen to their music online; or if they are holding back,
only allowing clips; they are a dead business, guaranteed. It doesn't work.
Trent Reznor started the business model, and proved, and many others have proved, and most recently Justin Timberlake
(click here for the article
by literally GIVING AWAY your music, for free, without any hindrance, that you produce more fans, you get a WHOLE lot more money, and even more, you
can even license your music under Creative Commons Attributions and have your music spread legally, virally, and get people to perform remixes with
attribution to you, garnering even more notoriety and interest.
If you sell "music" these days, you're a complete nutter. That's the bottom line.
Now the ones that are successful in the business do offer to ship you CDs for a small cost; it costs to make CDs you know. But nobody needs CDs and
they aren't worried about it. You can download online, and they'll give it all to you for free. It's their way of saying, "Thanks for listening
and loving. Music is love." (Business-wise, anyway.)
Now many ask; HOW IN THE WORLD DO YOU MAKE MONEY WHEN YOU'RE GIVING THE MUSIC AWAY FOR FREE?! If that's true, then this is a business we should
all be in!!
Well, you have to be really clever. You have to have a product to sell.
Your brand and your music sell your product. But if you don't have a product, then you ain't making money.
But why should I speak? Let's let the people in the know speak.
The video is a vimeo video, and I don't think I can embed that here. But I will provide a link to a page with the video embedded in it. The video
is called "NARM 2009 STATE OF THE INDUSTRY: Michael Masnick". You will see it when you scroll down a little ways.
If you want to learn about how to make money in the music industry, this video is important for you.
This is the license under which it is best to release your music:
CC BY-SA 3.0 US
There is whole lot more to it, really, but then again, it really is so simple.
Go to that "Linkified" and watch the video and you'll see.
The music industry is a monster, but there are those that are not monsters within it and that make decent livings without all of the manipulation and
And Pirate Bay is an excellent way to get your music out there, and they are very transparent about that.