How much do you give away?

All of it? None of it?

We make music because we want people to listen to it but when it becomes a full time job we also want to make money… at least to pay for all the chocolate and the shoes!

So the quandry is how much of our music should we give away?

In an ideal world I’d give it all away and live off a rich husband… but he’s not and I like to contribute to the household.

I am about to put out a new album of remixed, mastered songs from my Song of the Week collection. While I was writing and uploading the songs they were all free downloads, but do I take them down now that I have something to sell? Will people buy my album if they can get a slightly less polished version for free?

I have decided to leave them up there. The more I read about true fans, the more I believe that people who want to support you and wish you to continue making music will always buy your music. Those that want it for free will find it anyway.

I know I have 1 true fan (and hopefully more than that). Today he put in a pre order for 12 CDs today without me even sending an email to advertise a pre order. After offering him 12 for the price of 10 he suggested a pre order special… and helpfully pointed out a few errors on my website, which is why I spent today up to my eyes in HTML! But this is someone who really cares.

So I have set up a pre order special. As much as I would love to give it all away, I would like to at least cover my costs πŸ™‚

http://www.helenaustin.com/sowspecial.html

I appreciate anybody who buys my music… there is no greater compliment.

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5 comments

  1. Thanks for letting me know!!!

    I have sorted it out and it should all be in the correct currencies now.

    One day I’ll employ a techy to do this for me! πŸ™‚

  2. I think leaving your songs up there for people to listen to is a generous move. Hopefully it will be good advertising – once people have heard a sample they’ll want to buy the CD. I know I do πŸ™‚

  3. Where there’s one true fan I’m sure there are many more πŸ™‚

    Having all the songs from the “Song of the Week” project on your website certainly helps display the depth of the project. Lots of great songs to listen to as well that won’t be on the initial CD.

    Sounds like you are finding a good mix with your “All of it ? None of it ?” decisions πŸ™‚

    The Paypal ordering worked just fine at this end !

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