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indipendent progect CD stories

18 Feb 99 - 11:41 AM (#59127)
Subject: indipendent progect CD stories
From: Guy Wolff

Hi, Last year I did what we used to call a "Vanity Pressing" of a cd, now more politly known as an indipendent progect{Thank you Discmakers} and I was wandering how others have faired going down this road.I've just finished selling off the first 1000{one year &one half}. I don't play out alot anymore but do love fooling around in the studio.THe three great things that happend were that alot of peaple liked it.My states alternative radio station was very resaptive and saportive of it and the man who takes care of Robert Johnson's estate asked if he could agent the cd to the film world .So on the whole I feel the whole thing has been great.It's actually made alittle money!I'm about to do a second one {I'm about 1/3 done} .I'm wandering how many of these things break even, make money or are a bust?Mine cost about $5000.00 to make. I guess the reorders are where the profit $ wise really happens but I most say even if it had been more of a bust money wise the learning experience of doing it was wanderfull..Any other stories of the same t

18 Feb 99 - 12:16 PM (#59132)
Subject: RE: indipendent progect CD stories
From: puzzled

a dear friend of mine who only performs in the midwest a few times each month, recorded her first cd five years ago. She spent $12,000 making it. She has sold a little over 3000 units with no radio play and no outlets other than people buying the cd at her gigs. Pay back and not bad profit, i would say.
She has kept a mailing list. Having just recently finished her second cd, (at $18,000) She has already sold almost 400 units from just sending out a flyer.
I look at making a cd as a good fun exercise and a good way to increase the wages of the gigs we're already playing, anyway.
maybe you won't get rich, but, hey, is that why you're playing music?

20 Feb 99 - 03:53 PM (#59389)
Subject: RE: indipendent progect CD stories
From: RWilhelm

If you play out at all you need something to sell at gigs and people tend to take you more seriously if you have a CD. For promotion we have given away as many as we have sold. I think if you break even on a CD project you should consider yourself successful.

As someone on the jugbandz mailing list said: "It's a million seller -- I've got a million in my cellar." I think if I were going to do it again I would put the money into duplicating equipment and produce only what I need at a given time.