Monday, April 18, 2016

Starting a Publishing Company

The time is coming. October 1, 2016 will be the opening day of my as-of-yet-to-be-named music publishing company. As I promised in this post from last year, I'm going to do whatever it takes to get published, and who better to do it than myself?

Over the next few months, I'll post updates here and talk up this exciting venture.

I'm already being asked by several people: why are you starting your own company? Why not just go through the existing publishers and let them do all the hard work so I can spend more time composing?

Well, I'll tell you why right now ...

  • I've always wanted to start my own business.
  • I'm somewhat proficient at setting music using Finale.
  • My actuarial experience has given me a lot of business knowledge.
  • I've already got a day job, so I'm not counting on the income from this venture.
  • The main LDS music publishers seem to have no interest in another no-name like me.
  • I've been sitting on my music long enough and it's time for it to get out there.
  • Startup costs and risk are relatively low in such a venture.
  • With technological advances in the last decade, the self-publishing route has become more of an accessible route for most anyone who is willing to go that way, and I believe it is the model of the future.
  • And finally, I just think this would be fun.

Starting a business is also a lot of work. I mean ... I've already been planning for six months, and I have another six months to go, but I'll save all that for future posts.

I'll keep you informed as I go along. Stay tuned!

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