I assumed most musicians know about Bandcamp.com, but based on a Facebook question last week that’s not so. If you have digital music to sell, check it out:
Brief synopsis of how Bandcamp works:
- account setup is free.
- uploading music is free. You can upload anything you want to sell/distribute, from one track to an entire album with artwork: your RPM Challenge album, band practice recordings, bird songs, anything. They also have an option to sell merch (tee shirts, posters, etc)
- You upload high-resolution files in .wav, .aif, or high-res mp3. They convert to many formats and let downloaders choose the format.
- The tracks are playable in full before purchase on your Bandcamp page… but those are low-res files, so even if someone wants to steal them somehow they only get low-res.
- Bandcamp makes its money by taking a 10% cut of your track sales. However, that’s not taken out of each sale – instead the payment for every 10th album you sell goes straight to them, not to your Paypal account.
- Yes, you can give away your music for free and/or pay-what-you-like. You are limited to 200 free downloads per month so that they don’t lose too much $ on your participation.
- Also, if you list your gigs on Songkick and tie that into your BC account then your upcoming shows are listed on your BC page.
- Bandcamp also lets listeners create accounts and list favorite bands’ pages.