How do I get my CD into the Local Music Shelf distribution?
- Follow the “Submit” link on the main website.
Will you own my music?
- We will not own your music. We operate a non-exclusive distribution, which means you can work with any other non-exclusive distributor, and us too.
- If your music is ever played in a public setting, the federal government provides your rights to collect royalties on your music.
- We ask to use your likeliness and music for promotional purposes.
- We will not distribute your CDs into locations you already sell your music through.
What criteria is used to determine which CDs are distributed through Local Music Shelf?
- We strive to provide local patrons with quality and variety.
What if my CD is not curated for distribution?
- We’ll put your CD on a waiting list, and re-review your music periodically.
- If you are not immediately brought into the distribution, it does not mean that your CD is deemed “worse” than another album, or not up to listener standards.
How much does Local Music Shelf sell CDs for?
- You set the price for your CD.
- As a rule of thumb, we recommend $10 per album and $5 per EP or demo.
My CD is on a Local Music Shelf. When do I get paid?
- We payout all CD sales at the end of the agreed upon distribution period.
What if you don’t sell all of my CD’s during the distribution period?
- We’ll make arrangements to return them to you.
What stores will sell my CD’s?
- Please check our website for an updated listing of all stores who display a Local Music Shelf.
How much money can I make selling my CDs?
- Depends on how many stores you distribute at, and how you price your album.
- At 10 stores, if you sell 2 CDs per store each month, you’ll sell 120 CDs for the year. At $10 each, you’ll net revenue $600 at the end of your first period of distribution.
- With scale to 50 stores this Summer 2014, this revenue potential will increase by 5x for all artists who distribute their CDs into the maximum amount of stores.
Local Stores: (Consignment)
What do I do when a CD is sold?
- Record the sale by marking the inventory sheet.
- We’ll restock your inventory periodically, as indicated in our agreement with each store.
How often do you restock the Local Music Shelf?
- It varies by each store.
- We restock periodically, as indicated in our agreement with each store.
What should cashiers do if someone gives me a coupon for a free CD?
- Mark the unit as sold and staple the coupon to your inventory sheet.
What if an artist wants to display their CD on the Local Music Shelf in my store?
- Help them reach a larger audience by asking them to email us at LocalMusicShelf@gmail.com to distribute their CD through all stores involved.
Based on our agreement with Local Music Shelf, are other artists still allowed to sell CDs at our shop when they perform during events?
- Yes. Our contract is non-exclusive and intended to allow you to run your shop as you see fit, and does not hinder artists in the community from working with you.
What do I tell them that Local Music Shelf is about?
- You can always point them to our website: www.LocalMusicShelf.com
- We’ll also provide you with 11×17 posters and distribute 4×6 cards through our shelves to help customers understand what and why they are supporting.
Who is Local Music Shelf affiliated with?
- Local Music Shelf is operated by Joey Hendrickson, Founder of Columbus Songwriters Association. Our philosophy is shared by many stakeholders in our music community.
What if someone steals a CD?
- Stores are advised to email us immediately, so we can work with artists to cover the liability in a way that does not put stores at risk for theft.
What are the promotional benefits for my business?
- Local Music Shelf will use our website and social media to promote local stores. Local Music Shelf will also promote local stores through events. Artists may also direct audiences to local stores through their social media, websites, and performances.
How much do CDs cost?
- CDs are $5-15 each
Why should I buy a CD from Local Music Shelf?
- 50% of your purchase supports local bands and songwriters. The other 50% supports local business and the promotion of local music in Columbus.
Where can I support Local Music Shelf directly?
- Please email us at LocalMusicShelf@gmail.com