Thinking on from my “Would you pay” post I thought this might be an interesting topic for discussion.
Should artists pay me for playing their music on my podcast?
Let me put forward my case.
I currently have well over 1200 subscribers to the podcast. That’s over 1200 music fans, not many artists as the feedback I get is that not many of them listen to music podcasts. These are subscribers I have actively sought out using Twitter, blogs and other social media sites. It’s taken a lot of time and effort to build up these numbers and it’s a constant job.
I always mention the artists I play and link to their websites and relevant sites where people can buy their music AND email the artists to alert them that they have been played and to check the links are accurate.
I maintain a Google Artists Group for artists that have submitted music and post regular bulletins.
I enjoy regular contact with artists giving them advice on various aspects of promotion and selling their music.
I co-host on other podcasts and play tracks that have been sent to me.
I produce a lite, shorter version of he podcast for inclusion in other podcasts and radio shows.
Artists have sold tracks/albums, been played on other podcasts as a direct result of being played on Is This Thing On? Podcast.
Not forgetting the actual podcast production itself!
So, should I charge and if not, why not?