Giving back / MusiCounts

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As I’m preparing to release my third album “Inward”, which I believe is my best work to date, I was wondering how I could give back in a significant way…

If you’ve heard about me, you’ve probably guessed that the album itself will NOT be available for streaming, for reasons I’ve already outlined in a few blog posts: I believe streaming platforms are hurting indie artists by not redistributing their wealth to the rightful copyright owners. Actually, let me rephrase that: streaming platforms are ripping off artists to make a profit!

So, the album will be available for sale only, as download and physical CD, on my website as well as iTunes, Amazon, Bandcamp and CD Baby. The release date is set to May 4th but it will be available for pre-order as soon as March 2nd.

Now, I’ve always said that I was not doing it for the money, so why not giving it for free, would you ask? The reason is that I strongly believe that music shouldn’t be given for free… In the mind of too many people, music has become a disposable item, which has no value, and I believe it’s wrong! It’s hurting artists, especially indie artists, who put their own money and time and efforts in producing it to give you the best musical experience possible.
Getting it for free is basically stealing it, and depriving artists of their way of life.

If I don’t care about the money, but don’t want to give my music for free, what’s the best option? I figured that the way to go was to give all the Net proceeds from sales of the album (whether download or CDs) to benefit a charity here in Canada. For this I have chosen MusiCounts, because their mission is dear to my heart.

But who is MusiCounts? 

MusiCounts is a Canadian music education charity associated with The JUNO Awards that aims to keep music alive in schools and communities across Canada.

MusiCounts’ mission is to ensure that all children and youth in Canada have access to music education.

What they do is to put instruments into the hands of children who need them the most.

MusiCounts achieves its mission through the Band Aid Program, the MusiCounts TD Community Music Program, the MusiCounts Teacher of the Year Award, Scholarships, The Fred Sherratt Awards, the MusiCounts Inspired Minds Ambassador Award, and other music education initiatives.

I believe it’s a charity worth supporting!

You can find out more about MusiCounts on their website: https://www.musicounts.ca/

And follow them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MusiCounts/ and Twitter: @MusiCounts

8 comments

  • KiKi Skinner

    KiKi Skinner UK/US

    This is what puts the "MUSE" in Music - people like you Ghost. I love this idea. This works full circle as it respects the artist who makes the music and it gives to those who will one day make music. See, that's what makes you so SPECIAL in the Indie Music circle of family. Keep it up G. Besos, KiKi www.KlefNotes.com

    This is what puts the "MUSE" in Music - people like you Ghost. I love this idea. This works full circle as it respects the artist who makes the music and it gives to those who will one day make music. See, that's what makes you so SPECIAL in the Indie Music circle of family. Keep it up G. Besos, KiKi www.KlefNotes.com

  • Ghostly Beard

    Ghostly Beard

    Thanks for your kind words, KiKi! I like to give back, but I also understand that it's not that obvious for young artists who are starting and try to make a decent living. More than anything, I'd like to help them get there. Best start young though ;)

    Thanks for your kind words, KiKi! I like to give back, but I also understand that it's not that obvious for young artists who are starting and try to make a decent living. More than anything, I'd like to help them get there. Best start young though wink

  • Al Yardy

    Al Yardy KB Radio Canada

    You never cease to amaze me Beard. Just when you think you can't find another level you do this and it continues to show your true values and character. When you combine this with your incredible talent you have a winning combination that it is a shame more people don't know about. But I will do my part in making sure as many people do as I can. Cheers

    You never cease to amaze me Beard. Just when you think you can't find another level you do this and it continues to show your true values and character. When you combine this with your incredible talent you have a winning combination that it is a shame more people don't know about. But I will do my part in making sure as many people do as I can. Cheers

  • Ghostly Beard

    Ghostly Beard

    Thanks Al! I do my best to share my love for music any way I can! Your support and all you do on your end for music and indie music in particular is forever appreciated! :)

    Thanks Al! I do my best to share my love for music any way I can! Your support and all you do on your end for music and indie music in particular is forever appreciated! smile

  • Tim Toz

    Tim Toz Underneath...

    Wow that’s very cool GB. A noble thing indeed. Interesting thing though... it is in people’s consciousness not to pay for music. Apparently some people still do when I log into Tunecore and see the Billion dollar revenue thing there as it counts up by the second.😅 If I may quote Jerry Seinfeld... who are these people? 😆 Even bandcamp has sales on their site. I’ll admit my reach is probably pretty limited in the grand scheme of things... the DIY thing is a ginormous task...barely played guitar in months now😬 Seems like there’s 2 universes at play... the payers & the non payers. Shit your the only one I know of that actually bought a song... even after I said I would give it to you 😅 so we appreciate that... been retired ever since😂 So anyway... congrats on what you are doing with this new record... very cool. Every kid should be given the op to decide if Music is for them... nicely done...

    Wow that’s very cool GB.
    A noble thing indeed.
    Interesting thing though... it is in people’s consciousness not to pay for music. Apparently some people still do when I log into Tunecore and see the Billion dollar revenue thing there as it counts up by the second.😅 If I may quote Jerry Seinfeld... who are these people? 😆 Even bandcamp has sales on their site.

    I’ll admit my reach is probably pretty limited in the grand scheme of things... the DIY thing is a ginormous task...barely played guitar in months now😬
    Seems like there’s 2 universes at play... the payers & the non payers. Shit your the only one I know of that actually bought a song... even after I said I would give it to you 😅 so we appreciate that... been retired ever since😂

    So anyway... congrats on what you are doing with this new record... very cool. Every kid should be given the op to decide if Music is for them... nicely done...

  • Margaret Milton

    Margaret Milton Australia

    Patrick you are a credit to the music industry Commend you in giving the proceeds from your new album Inward to MusiCounts and your new single is a winner I love it 👌👌 cant wait to hear the rest of your album 😀

    Patrick you are a credit to the music industry Commend you in giving the proceeds from your new album Inward to MusiCounts and your new single is a winner I love it 👌👌 cant wait to hear the rest of your album 😀

  • Ghostly Beard

    Ghostly Beard

    Hey Tim, thanks for visiting and you comment! I think the trouble with people not really buying music is why would they do that when it's free everywhere? Most indie artists are putting all their music in full on various streaming platform... I believe the way to go (and what I will do with this album) is not to put it in full anywhere! Put snippets on your website, on soundcloud and other places, or activate the 3 play then pay on Bandcamp, and have it played on radios. If people like it when they hear it hopefully they will buy a download. On iTunes and Amazon, only 30 seconds are played, and that's for a reason. I think things need to change, but the one who need to change their attitude first are the artists themselves. I have a few ideas about that and would love to talk to you about it.

    Hey Tim, thanks for visiting and you comment!

    I think the trouble with people not really buying music is why would they do that when it's free everywhere? Most indie artists are putting all their music in full on various streaming platform...

    I believe the way to go (and what I will do with this album) is not to put it in full anywhere! Put snippets on your website, on soundcloud and other places, or activate the 3 play then pay on Bandcamp, and have it played on radios. If people like it when they hear it hopefully they will buy a download.

    On iTunes and Amazon, only 30 seconds are played, and that's for a reason.

    I think things need to change, but the one who need to change their attitude first are the artists themselves.
    I have a few ideas about that and would love to talk to you about it.

  • Ghostly Beard

    Ghostly Beard

    Thanks Margaret! I believe music is a positive force and it should be used in a positive way. I'm thrilled you like the new single and you will love the album! Thanks so much for your support, it's forever appreciated! :)

    Thanks Margaret! I believe music is a positive force and it should be used in a positive way.
    I'm thrilled you like the new single and you will love the album! Thanks so much for your support, it's forever appreciated! smile

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