A lot of really good musicians don't have CDs for sale because it's just too much money up front, and no guarantee of recouping the costs let alone making a profit. This is especially true for those of you with families. I want to do something about this, as I'm hearing a lot of good music. I think people would buy your CDs if you had some for sale.
We have small quantity duplication equipment for full color printed CDs, color laser printers for jewel case liners, an ecommerce store that's been up for years accepting all major credit cards, and now a radio station to promote with. It occurred to me that I could put this to work for you in a way that would let you sell CDs without having to spend any money.
Basically, you send me a CD's worth of ready to go .wav files. We add it to the online store (and of course we promote it on the air). We create and ship the CDs one at a time as they're ordered. Once a month, we cut you a check for your orders. Since it doesn't cost me anything to keep it in inventory, I can offer as many CDs as you can create good material, and once you send it in, you're done. When orders come in, you make money. When they don't, there are zero expenses.
Now let's be real here - I don't think you're going to make enough from CD sales to retire. But hey, it's another potential source of income that you won't have to do anything to generate other than sending me the wav files.
Because of shipping costs and hassles when taking orders and paying people internationally, in the beginning I'm only going to be able to do this for composers and customers who are in the US or Canada. Apologies to those of you in other areas, but I need to see if this is going to work before I get ungulfed in international paperwork. If it turns out that I can make you local guys some money, I promise I'll look into taking care of the rest of you next. One step at a time, and all that.
Anyway, that's the idea. I'm looking for ways to promote your music and to help you make a buck wherever possible. This is a start. What I want to know at this point is how many of you would be interested in my selling CDs for you if all you have to do is send me good quality music. I'll have a fair bit of up front work to do in creating label templates, jewel case liner designs, yada, yada, so I'd like to know if there's enough interest here to make the preparations worth doing. If there is, I'll give it everything I've got to help you.