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Four Crucial Steps You Must Take to Self-Publish Your Music

All musicians know how much of a struggle it is to get the right people to hear your music. Instead of relying on a record label to take care of publishing, you can choose to do it yourself. You can begin by taking a variety of important steps to make sure that the world gets to hear your music on your terms. Here are some great starting points.




  • Copyright your music – By copyrighting your music, you ensure that it becomes your own personal and legal property. This means that no one else can claim it as their own.




  • Join a performing rights organization – The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) and Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) are the two most common choices. These require that you get paid in royalties when your music is performed or used in other ways.




  • Purchase excess tapes or CDS – Next, you will have to buy as many CDs or tapes that you need to make copies of your album. This number can be smaller or larger depending on your personal needs and how many people you want to hear your music.




  • Distribute and market – Next, distribute your music to a small circle of people or the masses. If you want to build a fan base, market your tunes. Live performances help expose your record to more people. You can also use social media, mailing lists, and your own personal website to keep fans in the loop.


   
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