Internet, music and money

20 Fev 2011 | de

Good article about how to "make money" from your music on the internet in a world of piracy (which is great). Though, I don't like this word "make money", because it implies commercialized shit, but anyway, worth reading.

(link no longer works, seems that article was removed)

And from my point of view, even if there weren't IP laws (all these laws are bunk anyways), musicians could, and can earn money from their art, and actually it's much more easier now than it was 10 or 20 years ago. Just use PayPal donation links and things like that.
But firstly you need promotion and the best way to get it - let the music be free. If people want to pay for your digital copies and support you, they will buy it, it's free market on the internet.

You don't need a server, just use free hosting providers, such as Internet Archive, SoundClick, MediaFire etc. etc. etc.

You don't need to sign a contract to a label for promotion, there are many free internet labels, such as EarthMantra, Endless Ascent, Dark Winter and more (use Google). Also don't forget MySpace. It's still useful to let other people listen to your music.

If you can't find a label, make your own:

1) register a free blog account at E-Blogger (for ex.)
2) copy/paste the links to your albums for people to download.
3) ????

Simple as that.

These are not my original thoughts, I am just re-telling what I've read or understood myself while observing the music industry online.

And final reminder - art is in a first place. Always. Money are just secondary thing. If you be greedy, don't expect anyone to buy your tracks or any support. Give away your music for free. You can't protect it, people already know how to download it for free. However, if you don't want to give away your digital copies for free, at least let them listen to it for free.

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