As an earlier post described my exploration of places to sell my commercial music, I've now been exploring my options to sell my instrumental and choral music, easily getting them in the hands of teachers and musicians. And this discussion brings me to the excitement of the post..
Recently, I Googled "sell PDFs online," just curious if there were platforms that existed. Fortunately for me, there are a TON of places to sell digital goods online. Now, these services are more for selling ebooks and such, but it totally works for selling music as well. I had contemplated using Paypal and just sending people music individually, but this takes the work off my shoulders. These third-party companies host my pieces and take care of the payment as well. After some research, I decided to go with Selz.com because there is no annual price, they just take a small cut of the profit (commission based). This will help in the times where I don't actually sell music..
So the great thing is that I can take care of everything on my laptop, from the comfort of my favorite coffee shop.. and it's summer and I have more time to write. I remember back in college wondering how I might brave the world of trying to get signed on with a publisher, and now I don't really need to. I obviously won't have the backing of a big company, but I own all of my own music and my copyrights. Years ago, I remember Eric Whitacre commenting on the benefits of owning your own copyrights, I now truly understand why that is a benefit.
So soon I'll have a bustling marketplace of sheet music to add to my commercial tunes! Time to write!
The musings of a composer that also band directs!! ... or maybe it's the other way around..