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We build a (digital) Spiritual Music Library containing the complete history of (1,000,000+) uplifting songs - from madrigals to motown; folk to funk; retro to rock; bluegrass to blues; pop to psalmics; classical to contemprorary; gospel to gregorians....to preserve, study, enlighten, and attract financial participation.
We share an Internet Music Channel offering the complete history of (1,000,000+) uplifting songs - from madrigals to motown; folk to funk; retro to rock; bluegrass to blues; pop to psalmics; classical to contemprorary; gospel to gregorians.... to inspire, heal, enlighten, and invite sustaining contriionbutions.
a). GOOD b). FAST c). CHEAP -- PICK TWO
A One-man Internet Radio Station needs 2-1/2 people to run it - plus basic business services. Requires 5-6 computers with a rack of extra processors to produce the 24/7 Channel. A dedicated cable sends our show mix to an "on-demand" Distributor service who posts it to our Website in multiple Formats and can host 50 listeners or 50,000, all without crashing. Administration (Royalties) should also be outsouced to experts. Gateway Website is a separate consideration - simple or complex, with a DONATIONS BUTTON plus mechandising as desired and negotiated.
Our Studio & Library will (at first) be built, tested, and launch from Atlanta GA. When fully operational, Station can be programmed from anywhere on Earth via laptop. Music Library calls for one dedicated Music Director plus small army of Volunteers or paid student slaves to quickly mass-process CDs into database. Mission-critical Library also requires a remote physical safety backup or cloud-based copy for security, updated daily via dedicated cable.
Q: So, how much? A: The Show must go on!. - For reference and discussion, plan for a frugal budget of $100 per hour (inclusive) for all Studio equipment and software, Facilities and utilities. Wages. Licenses. Fees. Outsourced services. $100/hour for the full 24/7/365 operations of an automated Global One-Man Internet Music Ministry Channel.
IN ADDITION... There remain four (4) highly variable expenses: 1). Advertising and promotion to accelerate awareness of our Ministry Channel. However, publicity, social networking and Word-of-Mouth provide sustained growth, so promo costs will fall. 2). The Music Library is strictly an Expense. Songs cost up to $3/each for purchase | digitizing | storage & backup | manual tagging for automation. In bulk, a 2,000,000-song Library may cost over $4MM. 3). Bandwidth. More Listeners consume more bytes, which we must pay for. 4). Music Royalties. The single biggest expense is in paying the Artists, also charged a per-Listener rate.
Fortunately, we only pay for exactly what resources we use, and these costs are significantly amortized by Donations from grateful Listeners.
A Music Library, by definition, is a continuing expense with minimal ancillary revenue potential beyond attracting largesse from large Donors. However, this Library can be monetized, based upon years of sustained success and profitability in our proposed and proven "Non-Commerical Internet Radio" Business Model. The key is in our music being delivered from a donations-driven Website laden with relevant revenue-generating Products, Services, and Affiliate gateways -- beginning with sales of our Music via iTunes & Amazon. Thus, our Channel Website is the key to significantly subsidize and sustain the Music Library and operations costs.
ADDITIONAL ECONOMIC CONSIDERATIONS: Non-Commercial Music Channels pay lower Royalty rates. Your own Non-Profit 501(c)3 status offers a legitimate tax write-off incentive for generous Donor-Listeners, while all Library & Channel costs are an unchallenged 100% write-off expense for your own Music Ministry operations. Today's Social Media (Facebook, et al) significantly reduce Marketing and Promotional expenses. Word-of-Mouth will spread the Word about The Sound.
As your Librarian and Programming Talent, emphasis is on excellence in presenting a positive message and revealing the healing Spirit within Music.
As your Channel Producer, primary duties impliment the lowest possible Budget for systems, services, and operations. These are not mutually-exclusive responsibilities.
Can Marc wear both these hats - fantastically frugal? Click here for one very brief summary of one very eclectic Creative Pro career built upon both principles.