In 2006 I released a physical CD that took me years to compose, and $15,000 to publish. Long story short, it fell on deaf ears, and I have had that financial and emotional memory for years now.
But I’ve matured a lot these past 6 years, though I make very little money arranging these pieces (in fact, I almost gave up on everything last June.)
My digital singles store or donations is all I can afford to do. I can’t even afford to make shirts, sheet music, or physical CD’s yet, though people want them (and I’m working on them). I just have to keep this going, because every month gets better and I know it’s going to work out. I just have to believe.
BTW I already tried Kickstarter long ago, and failed. But things are different this time around.
Together we’re going to change the world. And so this idea, your support, and our awesome community means the world to me, and I’m not giving up on it.
Digital makes it a different game now.
Gotye ‘Somebody I Used to Know’ isn’t creative commons licensed, but because of WOTE’s cover song Gotye shot to #1 on the charts. That’s how the internet works, in some reality. 80% of my income is from people purchasing my orchestra music, and they tell me they found it from torrents or other outlets. People who love my work and other’s work, understand that if we don’t make money then everything stops.
Everyone “steals”: from video converting, hotlinking pictures, mashups, torrents, sharing music, etc. The internet is a group remix of creativity, mashups, and guerilla sharing. It’s fascinating.
But even if you wanted to make the argument about “digital stealing”, then consider this: the problem isn’t THAT people steal, it’s WHY people steal…
Why do people steal groceries or items from a store? I think it’s because of the understaffed stores, horrible UI of self-checkouts, and insanely slow lines.
The problem isn’t that people don’t want to buy merchandise online, the problem is that corporations have made purchasing entertainment online so much more difficult (and a worse library selection) than getting it illegally within seconds.