It time for another episode of Funny Musician Emails...
Dear David Hooper!!!
Thank you very much for your E-mail.
I can explain to you only one think, if you need my music I can working with you only by contract, not free.
America the money country and no body working here free. I not volunteer, if you have good deal with good money I can work ,if not, this is O.K. for me too.
Good luck you Michael
This guy seems to be on my "free marketing help" mailing list. So as far as his statement about nobody working for free, he's wrong there. Or is he?
I have free stuff, like this blog, because I like to help musicians, but it's also lead generation for me, which brings people into my paid services.
I do this because most musicians feel they can't afford me...or simply don't know me. Once they see the value of what I've got for free, many want to hire me...even though I only take on new clients by referral.
The point is, it's not a bad idea to give something away for free, as long as you have a plan to monetize it. So don't be afraid to do that. A free download costs you almost nothing, but could mean big returns for you with more album sales, more people to your shows, and more connections.