I was just listening to the Eavesdrop Radio podcast from two of my favorite djs, Junior and Lil Dave and it occurred to me that for as long as I’ve loved and respected their work, I have yet to actually pay money for a release on Junior’s label Recordbreakin. That’s horrifying…great friend I am!
But then it occurred to me that it would actually be easier for me to just pay Junior a chunk of money every year or month and have him send me download codes for whatever they’ve released in some time interval. Think of it like a CSA for music.
In a CSA, or community supported agriculture, you “subscribe” to a farm. You sign up and pay a lump sum to a farm in the winter which entitles you to a share of veggies every week through the growing season. It ensures that the farmer has enough cash on hand to operate, and the customer doesn’t have to choose what to buy.
What about a subscription to a music label? I would totally pay a certain amount per year for the Recordbreakin’ catalog or a portion of it. CSAs have half- and full-size shares. A label could offer subscriptions that entitle a customer to every release, every other, every fifth, etc, or entitle the customer to a certain number of releases per year or month. I can think of several labels and artists that I would be very happy to support this way.
Has anyone done this?