The 3 Must-Dos for Selling Music
Luckily, when creating Parts and Score, we talked to several people who buy music on a regular basis. They all look for the same things when shopping for music. Before customers will buy your music, you need to answer these three questions:
- Is the music interesting?
- Is the music well-written?
- How is the music delivered?
If you don’t answer all three, you likely won’t sell any music. Luckily, these are easy to answer and don’t require much of your time. Here’s how to get started answering their questions.
1. Include Audio
Is the music interesting?
Customers need to hear your music. If they can’t, they won’t buy it. Here on Parts and Score, we make the process easy to add audio.
All YouTube videos can be embedded natively into the descriptions. We recommend using YouTube over uploading an MP3. Every time someone listens to your music on Parts and Score, it automatically helps your rankings on YouTube. That means more people hear your music.
Parts and Score YouTube Channel
Of course, you may not be familiar with YouTube, or might have not uploaded your videos to YouTube. That’s ok! Parts and Score makes it easy.
We have our own YouTube channel and will upload your music for you. It also has several advantages:
- Your music gets published to all our subscribers
- We take care of promoting your music on YouTube
That means more exposure for your music with no extra effort.
2. Add Images of the Sheet Music
Is the music well-written?
Customers also need to know if the music is well written. They want to make sure all the parts are interesting. And they need to know the music is readable and playable.
The easiest way to let customers see your music is to upload images of your music.
When you add a new piece, you have the option of uploading images of your sheet music. You can click the + sign to upload even more. All standard image formats (PNG, JPG, GIF) work. Many notation programs allow you to export the music as an image. Otherwise, you can screenshot it.
How is the music delivered?
Not all composers sell both the score and parts. One easy way to show that you are selling both the score and parts is to provide pictures of both. Including images of both lets customers know they will receive both. We recommend 3-6 pages of score, followed by 1-3 pages of parts. This gives customers the confidence they need to buy your music.
Of course, the more pages you display, the more likely they will buy your music. Just the first page of the score isn’t enough for them to decide how good your piece is.
3. Link to Your Music
Lastly, customers need to know that you’re selling music! Often, they don’t buy your music because you don’t know it exists!
Parts and Score gives you many tools to help promote your music, but the easiest way by far is to link to your music everywhere. Here are some places to put links to your music:
- Your social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.)
- Your website
- YouTube videos/channel
Link to your music product page to let customers easily find where to buy your music.
Pro Tip: Join the Parts and Score affiliate program. Earn 5% for everyone who buys music through that link. And it’s free. You’re going to want to share links to sell your music. Get paid more in the process.
We’ve covered the three essentials for selling music. Of course, there’s always more you can do to sell more music. Luckily, Parts and Score makes the process as easy and as simple as possible. We have many built-in tools to help you earn more. If you’re signed up as a composer, you’ll receive emails on how to take advantage of these tools.
But simply covering these three essentials will go a long way to selling your music.
- Add audio
- Add images of the music
- Link to your music