Sometimes ago I preached about monetizing your art. And I can thumb suck some peeps didn't decipher the sermon. Well, as much as I'm an advocate of buy and selling; I still recognize the law of demand and supply.

An artist made a banging track using a a laptop, a pirated recording software, a four-channel console, a keyboard and a microphone. Or maybe he/she is rich enough to pay for the services of a dope producer.

What kind of release is the song? Is it a remix? Is it an original song? A cover or a mixtape?

Note: Remix; cover and mixtape are all different concepts; they are not synonymous. I will talk about them in another post.

Is the release going to be for free, donation, sale or the whole three? These three ( free, donation and sale) have their pros and cons.

An unknown or unpopular artist with no street credibility, no followers, no connects should not think of monetizing his/her art at the early stage of his/her career. Who's going to buy/purchase his/her art? You see... At this stage the best an artist can do is to give his/her contents for free. This would help to generate loyal fans/followers.

While a popular artist is in a place to monetize his/her art cause he/she has goons (fans) that are willing to pay for his/her art. Or he/she could decide to give it for free. This is at his/her discretion.

The artist priority might to encourage people; bless souls and not for the money. But hey, the artist needs money to pay bills.

Dear artist, understand your stage of development before monetizing your art. Peace.

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