How can I sell music CDs to music stores and retailers?
February 17, 2014 9:51 PM Subscribe
What are ALL of the steps involved in selling music CDs to music stores and retailers?
I can go to the Secretary of State's office to start a sole proprietorship under an assumed name (and pay them a fee), and also get two legal notices of my Certificate of Assumed Name published in a local legal newspaper (and pay the legal newspaper another fee). I can even Incorporate my sole proprietorship with the State, and transfer some of my personal assets (cash) to the corporation in exchange for "shares" of this new incorporated company.
I can send CDs along with a Form SR for Sound Recording, or Form PA for a Work of the Performing Arts, to the United States Copyright Office to copyright the works, paying a $65 fee for either.
Then, I can join ASCAP or BMI and pay them a fee, so that just in case a radio station plays my song, I can get a penny in royalies / residuals.
My company can join GS1 US (and pay a $250 fee) to get a unique ID number for the first part of all my UPC symbols.
Pay CDBABY or COPYCATS CD duplication services to get color-silkscreened discs manufactured, then print inserts for the jewel cases and buy a shrinkwrap machine from ULINE.
Then, of course, I have to convince a record store to buy a box of these shrinkwrapped CDs on Net 30 terms, and also provide them with a mechanism for doing returns of any unsold product.
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Is that about it, am I missing anything? Where's a good link for how to really truly make a vanity record label?