The Ten Commandments Of Making $ From Your Recorded Music in the Digital Age:
The record biz is in a deep slump, and artists are finding it next to impossible to generated any income at all from their recordings, much less recoup their investment.
Here are some tips that might help, or at least you can use to stop contributing to the problem.
1) Thou shall not record on the cheap. In today’s world it is way too easy to put product out there for posterity that has sonic defects.
Recordings are FOREVER. Make sure that what you record is worth being around that long.
2) Thou shall not post music for free if you intend to make a return on your investment. That includes music videos before your recording has been made available thru re-sellers.
Music videos are fine but wait to sell as much of you music as you can (at least a few months), then post the video. This will give your music a chance to build up buzz, and if its only available for a price at first people will value it more.
3) Thou shall not post a video of it without showing the link where it can be purchased!
4) Thou shall be sure to post preview snippets, demo or alternate live versions if possible to draw buzz.
5) Thou shall fill out the proper copyright forms and become familiar with copyright law.
6) Thou shall send CD copies to as many reviewers as possible and as you can afford to.
7) Thou shall NEVER release anything, including a CD, without listening to it to make sure it has no sonic defects.
8) Thou shall keep a list of media contacts (of all types: TV, periodicals, Radio, Ezines) to send press releases with information about the release, inclding a picture of your act if possible.
9) Thou shall promote the release with live performances.
10) Thou shall register with ASCAP or BMI if possible to make sure thou art compensated for any public airings of the recording.
Please feel free to comment, or add or subtract to or from this list.