Put Feet To Your Music

 In this group I want to be able to help those musicians who want to "put feet to their music". Which means to take it somewhere, to set goals and reach them, to make this music thing happen. I want to give counsel through example and then give application.

Website: http://tedyoder.com
Members: 68
Latest Activity: on Friday

What this group is about.

 So my idea for this group is that I would like to share tips and actions that I've taken to put feet to my music. But it's not just all about me. This is more about you and where you want to go and be. Let's talk here and see what we can accomplish together.


 I still have a long way to go, at least I have a ton of goals to reach still, but that's really what I'm wanting to build here. A community of musicians who need each other to get somewhere. My producer and friend told me that you only need one person to really believe in you. So let's see if we can start there.


 Let's move mountains together.

Discussion Forum

My First Ukulele Video

Started by Melanie Griggs. Last reply by Keith Roshto May 31. 1 Reply

I've been learning ukulele just over a month now. Finally started to learn some songs instead of just playing around on chords and rhythm. So check it out if you like!…Continue

Its Your Love - Song I co-wrote

Started by Melanie Griggs. Last reply by Carolyn Niman Apr 3. 5 Replies

Here's a song I co-wrote - I did all the lyrics minus the bridge. Then a couple friends wrote the music.We did this sometime last year but I never posted it here.…Continue

Family and music---line between responsibility and calling

Started by Todd Marriott. Last reply by Ted Yoder Jan 22. 6 Replies

I am a musician, and it feel that I have something to offer the world. My wife and I want nothing more than to play our original music full time. We have 2 kids under 4 and have been on a few "tours"…Continue

Tags: kids, time, full, musician, Family

Licensing without selling out

Started by Todd Marriott Nov 8, 2013. 0 Replies

Hey all-I was wondering if anyone has advise on signing with publishers? I only want my music used for family friendly tv/movies, but with a lot of publishers you don't know what you are getting in…Continue

Tags: movies, and, tv, licensing, Publishers

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Comment by Ted Yoder on Friday

Nic, thanks for sharing this. I'm listening right now and it's so much fun. 

Comment by Nic Lubbers on September 10, 2014 at 12:53pm

Hey everyone, I know Ted is a fan of Yo-Yo Ma and I just listened to this interview he did so I thought I'd share it with you: http://www.onbeing.org/program/yo-yo-ma-music-happens-between-the-n.... I love his sense of curiosity and hospitality as a musician. One of my favorite quotes from the interview - "when I come to Minneapolis, I'm a guest in your town. But when I'm on stage, all of you that are in the hall are my guests." You should listen to it!

Comment by David Stevenson on June 1, 2014 at 9:22pm

Happy to help!

Comment by Keith Roshto on May 31, 2014 at 7:05pm
David, thanks for a good explanation. It's not a simple task to wade through the many options. Appreciate your help.
Comment by David Stevenson on May 31, 2014 at 9:42am

Keith - CDBaby takes 9% of all digital sales, in addition to their setup charge ($13 for a single, $50 for an album).  Tunecore and Distrokid charge a yearly fee, but do not take royalties.  Tunecore has been adding a lot of various fees in the past couple of years (extra buck or two to be in new stores), and have been getting more expensive in general - when we started with them it was $30/year per album, and now it's $50/year - quite a jump.  Distrokid charges only $20/year for unlimited albums and songs.  Distrokid is new, so they're not as proven - but they've gotten recommendations from the creators of both CDBaby and Tunecore.

It's all about numbers as far as which way to go.  A yearly charge can feel daunting, but there's a break-even point:

- With $300/year sales on one album [about 2.5 albums a month], CDBaby takes $27, which means Distrokid is cheaper.  (If you have two albums, factor in two setup charges for CDBaby, but no extra fees for Distrokid)
- With $600/year sales on one album [about 5 albums a month], CDBaby takes $54, which means Tunecore is cheaper.  (Unlike Distrokid, Tunecore charges per album, so it's an apples to apples comparison)

That said, my first band's CD does NOT get those kinds of sales, but because we were with CDBaby it will be available until iTunes or CDBaby disappears.  My current band does get those kinds of sales, so if we switch to Distrokid we'll make a bit more - but the downside is if we stop paying, we're removed from the store.

My recommendation is Distrokid for anyone, because if you're going to consistently release music, then CDBaby's setup charge is almost the same as Distrokid's monthly fee.  A new album on CDBaby @ $50 setup every two years or so is more expensive than the same release schedule on Distrokid.

I'm not knocking CDBaby - I think they're doing a good thing.  I just count my pennies!  :)

Sorry for an insanely long explanation!

Comment by Keith Roshto on May 31, 2014 at 8:07am
Thanks for the input everyone.

David Stevenson, please elaborate on how exactly using CD Baby causes loss of royalties? And how Tunecore remedies that problem. The only difference I know between them is that Tunecore requires annual fees for publishing music but CD Baby does not.

Group Leader
Comment by Ted Yoder on May 28, 2014 at 11:20pm
Keith, I wouldn't be afraid to use CDBaby. They're an upright company and they don't take advantage of you or lie to you. All the fees are up front but like David said, if you're concerned about giving them your royalties, there are some other options. But it is nice to have all you albums under one roof. I like them a lot for simplicity and trust.
Comment by David Stevenson on May 28, 2014 at 9:12pm

I've used Tunecore for a long time, but I'm interested in a fairly new company called Distrokid.  I used CDBaby at first, but prefer not to lose royalties.

Comment by Ray Turner on May 28, 2014 at 7:32pm

We've had our albums at CDbaby for a number of years and they have done what they said they would do. We added another album at Christmas and plan to get another to them in the next month or so.

I trust them and would hesitate to use anyone else.

Comment by Keith Roshto on May 28, 2014 at 5:12pm
So I'm working on an album this summer. Got a good producer and some great musicians. Hope to finish by the end of the summer.
I'd like to get some ideas on services for CDs, download cards and distribution to iTunes, spotify, etc. I've been researching, and had decided to use CD baby, but read some articles that make me a little nervous about that.
Anybody got some wisdom I can borrow?

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