To pay, donate or take

Cartoon by Andy Pitchforth

Cartoon by Andy Pitchforth

Do you pay the price on the label for your purchases or given the choice would you donate what you think it is worth?  Do you buy your music or expect it to be free?  These questions are behind many of the music business strategies being developed at present and I am in the process of publishing a series of books for instrumentalists, most instrumentalists but not keyboard, with the intention of trying to get some answers to the questions.

The Study Suite for… is already available for guitar, vibraphone and bass with regular additions to the catalogue for oboe, marimba, violin, trumpet, clarinet, glockenspiel, saxophones, cornet, cello, trombone, viola, bassoon, flute, xylophone, euphonium, horn, bells… planned for the coming weeks.  The files of the sheet music (in .pdf format) are available to buy as a download for $1 (around £0.65p) from and the accompaniment tracks (at a choice of speeds) are available from for free or with the choice to make a donation towards future projects.

The sheet music is selling and the audio accompaniment?  I will keep you informed when the sample size has some significance from a number of cultures around the globe.  Are there other businesses that run on a pay what you can afford or what you think is the value or just take it basis?  I doubt it but this is what the music business and my business is trying to come to terms with.

Thank you to Andy Pitchforth for the cartoons used in the series.

(C) P.R.Birkby 2015


About derangeddrums

Composer, percussionist, musical director, teacher and educator. My music has been written for audiences in palaces and in the street. Music is my vocation and my passion and I hope you enjoy it too.
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