Introduces Digital Music Sales Program
Bands sell music directly to fans from their OnlineRock Web sites
ALTO, Calif., November 9, 1999 OnlineRock, a Web community
giving musicians, music professionals and fans free tools and services
to promote their music, today introduced a digital music sales program
offering artists one dollar for every MP3 file they sell from their
OnlineRock site. One of the first to sign up for the program
is Ike Willis, former frontman for Frank Zappa, who is debuting his
new album, Dirty Pictures, via digital download from his OnlineRock
site (see companion release).
March, nearly 1,500 bands have joined OnlineRock to promote, distribute
(and now sell) their music. All of the sites services
are free, including 25 megs of Web space, Web site-building tools,
Web-based email, bulletin boards, chat rooms, commentary and reviews,
and more. The digital music sales program, which is non-exclusive,
is the obvious next step in delivering a Web-based suite of services
of interest to musicians and music fans.
Internet is a phenomenal boon for music distribution, and its
only a matter of time before download music sales achieves the same
type of success," said Steve Beck, founder and president of OnlineRock.
"There are many valuable tools and resources for bands
on the Web, so our music sales program is non-exclusive. By giving
bands the means to sell their downloadable music, however, OnlineRock
is quickly becoming a one-stop cyber shop which meets
the online promo needs of bands and musicians in every category."
the Program Works:
Any band or musician whose site is hosted by OnlineRock can sign up
for the companys digital music sales program. A minimum
of three songs in MP3 format are then uploaded to a secure area where
OnlineRock builds a custom music store for each participant
in the program. Songs are sold for $1.49 each, with the artist
receiving $1.00 (67%) of every sale in their personal account.
Checks are issued once a quarter for accounts with a balance greater
OnlineRock is an online music community with free tools and services
for musicians, music professionals and music fans. OnlineRock
makes it easy for bands and musicians to promote, distribute and sell
their music online. The site provides free Web building and
hosting services, chat rooms, bulletin boards, and editorial content
of interest to musicians and music enthusiasts alike. Founded
in 1999, OnlineRock is based in Palo Alto, Calif.