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Will your fans actually buy your music?

Let's face it, we work hard on creating our music. It takes money, time, and sacrifice. The problem is, many independent musicians are too focused on giving away free music and getting YouTube views.
Just become you have 5,000 YouTube views of your video does not mean those same people will actually buy your album. Just because you had 8,000 downloads of a free mixtape does not mean those same 8,000 will actually pay for the same album. Think about it, will your fans pay for your music? Anybody will take something free. As artists, we are giving away too much free music. Fans are getting used to downloading too much free stuff making them not want to buy. Studies even show that the market is flooded with so many "free" mixtapes and albums that people do not even want to download free stuff anymore unless they really know the artist or band. Know your worth as an artist.
Free downloads and YouTube views do not equal profit. However, if you are popular enough on YouTube, and you can generate enough views of your music videos, you will then qualify to get involved in their ad sharing program where you can make money on your videos when fans click ads.
Like I said before, KNOW YOUR WORTH AS AN ARTIST! Stop giving away so much free music.
It is fine to give away a song or two as a promotion, but to make money you must sell your music.
Do not sell yourself short by giving away all of your music.

Artists and bands be sure to submit your music at these radio networks as well.
www.hardcorejamz.com (Playing Hip-Hop and R&B)
www.hardcoremix.com (Rock,Pop,Country,Jazz,Electro,Gospel and more)
Submit music on either site.

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  1. I agree with your view that an artist can not make money (immediate money) by giving away their music. I believe the concept behind free music is to build a buzz and broaden your reach simultaneously.

    Now , especially, in the age of youtube stardom, artist are understanding that the big companies are about numbers. The entire industry is built on numbers -the size of any target market. The larger your reach and appeal - market - the more likely a brand, label, corporation etc. will be interested in doing business with you. This is the logic behind giving away free music. free goods have always been a major part of marketing and promoting artists. we just do it digitally now.

    I also like your question..how many of these people would actually buy your music? Good question. it's def something every artist should ask themselves at some point. Then one would have to ask next, am I in this for the long haul? Do I want to remain indie or sign over that responsibility over to a larger entity?

    Their answers will determine what and how much they should give away.

    Armageddon -aka- Geddy

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