Even though a musician might never ever have sold a single piece of his plastic music in the market but with e-revolution the odd question still strikes his mind as to “How can the internet help me make money from my music” And the answer of course is not a straight out factual guidelines. There’s no doubt that internet can offer opportunities for promotion, distribution, business and communication for the composition and production of music but internet is not a retail marketplace. It’s a technology that allows one to communicate and for information to be processed providing better opportunities to create a marketplace in a virtual world. You can sell music on it which may not necessarily be direct but one can take the help of some service providers, after a certain service charges, to get your business going.
No one can deny the fact that it’s certainly easier and probably cheaper than ever to sell your music online using certain digital distributor. And while it makes all the sense to get your music out to iTunes, AmazonMp3, and the other online retailers, it can be a good idea to sell songs directly to the fans that are visiting your own site or blog. Selling from your own site not only provides you with a higher percentage of income than selling through a third party site, but it also affords you an opportunity to creatively price your music and interact directly with your fans. Social Network has also provided a great platform for the young enthusiasts for promoting and then selling their songs by creating their own pages and thereby attracting and building a fan club. But the important point to remember here is to constantly keep in touch with your fans and updating your profile and links to keep the excitement level up or the whole idea may backfire as the young gen-x have short memories and doesn’t necessarily give you a second chance if you get phased out.
Use your live show as a marketing tool to get going. People are more likely to buy your music if they have seen your live show and have chilled out and for that play as many shows as possible to increase your popularity earning potential. Announce during your sets that you have original music for sale which you might have to offer at a steep discounted rate to build your own space in the market.
Visit local music stores which allow young rising musicians to offer their music up for sale and ask them to attend the fans at certain timings of the week to personally sign autographs for them which builds a euphoria and can easily establish you as a rock star.