Making Music and MixPixie have teamed up to produce the Making Music Mix service – a fantastic tool that offers Making Music members the chance to create and sell professionally-produced CDs of their recordings. For some time we’ve been inundated with queries from member groups across the UK on how to make CDs of their concerts in order for them to raise funds for their group. This brand new website allows Making Music members to create professional CDs in just a few minutes, completely for free. MixPixie takes care of all the hard work including paying publishing royalties and getting the appropriate licences, and there’s no minimum number of CDs that need to be bought.
- How does it work?
To get started on your album, simply choose from a selection of six album designs from the website to edit and personalise. Every album design allows you to personalise the text, and some of them have space for you to upload a photo or logo. We’ve also provided blank designs allowing you to upload your own artwork.
Once you finish editing your album design, you can upload your recordings and arrange the order of your tracks as you wish. There is no limit to the number of tracks to include, but the CD length is 80 minutes. From a selection of price settings, you decide how much to sell the album for. We’ll send you a URL where you can send family, friends and fans to purchase the album. If you prefer to sell the CDs in person at concerts or other events, the administrator for the group (i.e. the person who set up the album) will also be able to buy the album at a reduced price.
- How do I upload my songs?
Using our step-by-step upload tool, you can easily import audio files to put on your CD. You will be asked to find the song file on your computer and enter the track details before uploading. If this is a cover of another artist’s song, you will need to match this to the original so we can make sure the songwriter is paid their due royalties (don’t worry – we take care of this for you). You can also upload your own original recordings, however on these new compositions we do not pay royalties (unless they are registered on other download stores).
- How much does my group get for each album sold?
When you set the retail price for your album, you will also determine how much your group earns for each CD sold, in the form of royalties. There are four set prices from which you can choose to sell your CD and four amounts of royalty payments which you would receive on every album sold:
- £5.99 (£1.00 received by the group in royalty)
- £7.99 (£1.50 received by the group in royalty)
- £9.99 (£3.00 received by the group in royalty)
- £12.99 (£6.00 received by the group in royalty)
Once your CDs are set up and sales begin, we will keep you informed of all your sales to date at the end of every month so you know how much payment is due.
- How do I spread the word about my group’s album?
When you finish editing your group’s album design on the Making Music Mix website, we will send you a unique web address to direct friends and family straight to the page where they can buy the album.
- Can this be delivered worldwide?
Yes, we can send CDs anywhere in the world!
We’ll take care of all the hard work and leave you to do what you do best: making music.
Go to www.makingmusicmix.org.uk for more information.