If you write music and perform live, you should register with your local music rights collection agency right now! They collect money for you every time your music is played in any form. Most young bands don’t even think this until they release their first recording. But even those battle of the band competitions you play three of your own songs, guess what? The venue need to pay royalties for the songwriter. And if you wrote those songs, that is you. So if you are live performer who plays their own songs, I am giving you here an instant way to make money.
You do need to get a bit of paper work in order, but its a small price, when you can be making money for years to come 🙂 So contact your local royalties collection agency today. Here in Ireland that is IMRO, in UK it is PRS for Music, in United States there are several, one of the biggest being ASCAP, in Germany it is the GEMA. You can find an extensive list HERE
So what are you waiting for? There is money out there that belongs to you. Now if you want to release music without restricting the usage rights, then you can look in to Creative Commons License, but we will talk about that some other day.
The author J.P. Kallio is a singer songwriter
To get EIGHT of his songs for free go HERE