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Onstage with Raina

An artist's perspective on venues, shows, and the music-making life

Raina has been an internationally touring folksinger since 2006. She lives in Austin, TX, with her bassist husband and sons.

Onstage with Raina

An artist's perspective on venues, shows, and the music-making life

Raina has been an internationally touring folksinger since 2006. She lives in Austin, TX, with her bassist husband and sons.

Radical Acts of Patronage

I coudn't agree more!  I assume it is better for the artist if I buy an album from the artist at a gig or from their website.  Any idea of how much better in terms of dollars in her/his pocket?

There is no denying that there is a true generational shift. My kids listen to music but Spotify rules the roost and ownership and collecting, to them, is an antiquated idea and it is something their weird old dad does.

Hey Hal, I would break it down like this, buying a CD in person at a show is the highest percentage an artist will get, whether they are signed to a lbale or independent. Then, for me, buying the CD on my website is the next best. I have to go to the post office and ship it, but the shipping cost is usually added. Then, iTunes used to be the next best, but since they recently changed to Apple Music, I'm not sure what the percentage is. Streaming services do techincally offer compensation, but as I'm sure you know, it's in fractions of cents. I had a song played 70,000 times on Pandora and recieved $7 in return. 

Hunter Thomspon once wrote about having written a song with Jimmy Buffett and couple of other people before all the parrothead cheezeburger nonsense, and got home from one of his gonzo trips and went to the mailbox and found a royalty check for 9 cents in the mail...but seriously, $7 is laughable as compensation for 70 K plays...I know you are in this for the right reasons so I suppose you can chuckle at the irony of that, but I am struggling with that conceptually...I find that offensive to some degree...and I realize Taylor Swift is exponentially more plays but that is a pretty good business model for Pandora and not really anyone else...anyway, thanks for the enlightenment...just always wondered...Cannon was a great guy, but that struck me as funny that he didn't want me to buy from the website...but I was out of cash...

 

 

Great article...like Hal, I'd be interested in how much I am helping, as I have had interaction with several artists who have said they'd prefer I'd buy it from them in person at the show, while some say, I don't have all my CD's here, but go to the website to get the rest.  The most recent was Chuck Cannon, an amazing Nashville songwriter who opened for, and then played and sang with headliner Shawn Mullins...I bought two of his, plus Shawn's new one, at the show.  I don't make it a practice to carry lots of cash, but I always carry enough to get a couple of CD's at the show. A few artists, like Amy Speace, take debit cards...they have the app on their phone, and a few will even take a check (talk about antiquated).   Chuck signed both of the CD's and I said, "I'll visit the website to get the others", and he said he'd rather I didn't get them from the website...so I don't know what that meant, and there were other people in line so I didn't ask...is Amazon a better deal for the artist?...or I-Tunes or CD Baby than direct from the website?...I wouldn't think so, but I don't know really...I'm fine with being a patron as that is a historical tradition that dates back centuries, but I'd prefer to help the most if I'm going to spend the money anyway.  My kids are in their 30's now...they use streaming, but they buy physical CD's too...so I must have affected them to some degree with my "weird old ways" too Hal!  Great article Raina!

Hey Jim, I replied to Hal and laid out what the best options were in my opinion. Square is a great way to take credit cards in person. I have all my music available for digital download on my website, and I get a great percentage from that as well. Thanks so much for asking!