Recording a single for a charity has become a good way of getting your music out there and still contributing.
Much of the information about how to go about recording a charity download is covered on the charity CD page.
If you record a single at the studio and you want to make downloads available you should consider the following:
1. Downloads are cheaper to make than CDs, so profit margins may be higher.
2. Unfortunately, downloads are easier for most people to copy without paying for them.
3. Downloads can however be coded for radio play so you would get royalties more easily and automatically if you distributed an MP3.
4. Many smaller radio stations ask for you to send CDs only.
All these factors may be useful in determining if you would rather make downloads or CDs.
How we can help
The Beehouse registers all charity downloads recorded at the studio on its downloads website, Noochoon. We also often provide a fixed number of downloads free of charge by agreement with yourselves. Subsequent downloads then carry a 10% charge.
How much goes to charity?
With tracks which we develop with our bands, Hookstick and Eclips'd, we often agree that a proportion of a particular download or product will be given to charity. This is agreed with the charity in question in advance and must be stated at all sales points.