To Sell or Not to Sell My Music?

When I decided to give this music game a shot, I was so clueless as to what that actually entails. The more I dive in, the more I realize why artists have booking agents, managers and a team of people that make everything tick before the artist ever steps foot on a stage. I was so naive to think that it was all so easy as writing a few songs, putting the music out there and let the good times roll!

One of the numerous debates I have inside my rookie artist mind and with other less rookie friends is the question, should I sell my music? I’m not asking should artists in general sell their music. I’m asking about me, Josh, a 29-year-old singer/songwriter who is trying to get a music career off the ground. Should I give my music away for free?

Here are some of the thinking points:

  • Is it worth selling digital downloads in todays market with very few people paying for music now a days?
  • As a new artist, is it more important to get my music out to as many people as possible (free) or try to recoup the expensive recording costs?
  • iTunes, Spotify and others pay artists so little it’s sad.
  • NoiseTrade has an option to leave a tip. Do people actually tip for free music?
  • Giving something so dear to your heart away for free really is a beautiful thing.

So I’d like to ask y’all. What do you think?

Thanks for reading!

josh

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Photo: Pau López