Sunday, January 29, 2012

Dollars or Fans? by Jerry W. Henry

During the SOPA/PIPA uprising, I was asked, by a big time blogger, if I thought piracy was taking monies out of the pockets of do-it-yourself music artists? I avoided the question then. After much thought, I will answer your question now. I am going to answer that question with a question. Assuming you have released your music in physical and/or digital where it is available to the world. Would you rather have the dollars pirated or have millions know you exist? (Paraphrasing Tim O’Reilly.)
Internet and college radio stations open their doors wide for independent music artists. There are stations for your niche. If your music is great, the world will find you. Great music has viral built in. 

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