Get Paid When You Get Played

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Practical advice to earn you twice the royalties you think you’re owed

ibsurvivalguideNo musician can afford to miss out on a potential source of income. So if you’re a songwriter, and not a member of a Performance Rights Organizations (PRO) like ASCAP, BMI, SESAC, or SOCAN (Canada), you could be leaving money on the table. It’s not difficult to join one of these organizations, and as an independent, there are ways to enroll that allow you to maximize your royalties and double what you might think you’re eligible for.

Unfortunately, to understand PROs and what they can do for you, it’s important to understand how copyright works for music. So even though “brief” and “copyright” should probably never go into the same sentence, an overview to explain why PROs exist, how they pay songwriters, and how they are different from other organizations that collect money for musicians (like Harry Fox) is necessary.

Two copyrights in one
Let’s say you grab your guitar, hit record on your 1978-vintage tape recorder, and make up a new song. Congratulations, you now own two copyrights. One is the recording that you just made. The second is the new song. The song can be recorded again, written down as little black dots, performed live, covered, copied, put in a movie, or turned into a ringtone.

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How Am I Doing?

Everyday a different news source reports that the Compact Disc is a dying medium. We get it already. Life moves on…doen’t it? In fact, I’ve never been a big fan of the CD anyway. When I pop a shiniy silver disc into my clunky old sound system, and the music skips, I’m instantly transported back to the early 1980’s (and not the good parts either).

50 Cent: “P2P is Part of Music Marketing”

From ZeroPaid.com

Says that record label marketing dollars vanish with declining sales, but that even pirates end up at a concert, buy t-shirts, and even albums.

Hip hop megastar 50 Cent appearedon the Consumer News and Business Channel (CNBC) recently to promote his new book “The 50th Law,” and during the interview he made some interesting points about P2P and what it means for music artists like himself.

When asked how performers are to make money in the music business these days he points out that even though things have changed considerably it is still possible.

“The technology is absolutely shifting things, and uh the marketing dollars that the major companies were providing for artists in the past is gone with the actual record labels.”

So when it comes to illegal file-sharing 50 Cent believes that it’s simply a “part of the marketing” necessary to make up for what the record labels are no longer able to afford.

Read the entire article and see the video here

The Angel ft Jhelisa – “Ultra Light” Giveaway

Its been a few months since I’ve run a giveaway here on my blog, but I couldn’t turn down an opportunity to support this amazing single. 5 winners will receive a free download of, the single “Ultra Light” including two versions by The Angel, plus a Jahta style remix by DJ Drez. Winners […]

Experiment: Everyone must have a CD, even if free.

If you are a performing musician that sells CDs at your shows, please consider this:

Terry McBride of Nettwerk told this story at a recent conference:

A band he was managing was doing the usual thing of selling CDs for $15. They’d mention it once or twice from the stage, and sell about $300 per night on average.

He asked them to try a completely different approach:

  1. Say to the audience, “It’s really important to us that you have our CD. We worked so hard on it and are so proud of it, that we want you to have it, no matter what. Pay what you want, but even if you have no money, please take one tonight.
  2. Mention this again before the end of the show, adding, “Please, nobody leave here tonight without getting a copy of our CD. We’ve shared this great show together so it would mean a lot to us if you’d take one.”

It changes the request from a commerical pitch to an emotional connection. (Replace market mindset with social mindset!) Allowing them to get a CD for no money just reinforces that.

Terry said that the band did this for a while, and soon they were selling about $1200 per night on average, even including those people who took it for free! I think the average selling price was about $10.

But the important part came next:

Because every person left each show with a CD, they were more likely to remember who they saw, tell friends about it, listen to it later, and become an even bigger fan afterwards.

Then, when the band came back to a town where they had insisted that everyone take a CD, attendance at those shows doubled! The people that took a CD became long-term fans and brought their friends to future shows.

Want to try it? Document specifics.

So far this is just rough word-of-mouth from Terry, but it seems like it’d work. Anyone want to try it? If so, I’d like to tell your tale here in a future article.

So please log some specifics, before and after.

BEFORE: How many CDs did you sell at your last 5-10 shows? Average the number and price to come up with an average per-night total and average per-CD price.

AFTER: What were those same numbers for the next 5-10 shows using this method?

Also, please note any specific things you did or said that worked exceptionally well, and perhaps any interesting responses you heard back from the audience.

If you’re able to note attendance at the same venue for a concert where you did this, then at that same venue afterwards, that’s a nice bonus.

Save these specific numbers, and either post them as a comment below, or email me at derek@sivers.org. Be able to give the venue info, too, because if this goes exceptionally well I’ll be contacting the venue for their verification and perspective.


Peter Hadar + Clipse Show @ CMJ 09

On a cool, pre autumn night my wife and I fell into a lowkey sushi spot in Downtown Jersey City. More people crowded into the place than I had expected, but one individual had a special reservation. One that would reveal a lifelong love for sports, fashion and the arts. His name is Peter Hadar.
Born […]

Das Racist Remembers 9/11

I found myself chatting with Himanshui and Victor of the controversial new rap duo, Das Racist, today – the eigth anniversay of the World Trade Center bombings. Unlike most days in recent history, these bohemian Brooklyn’ites, recalled exactly what they were doing.
V: I was doing push-ups, listening to Big Pun’s Capital Punishment when my parents […]

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