ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Make Money On Sellaband

Updated on July 30, 2012

Invest In Music

Sellaband is an independent music industry website where you are the record company (although they don't have that slogan any more). Sellaband allows you to become a 'believer' by buying shares, known as parts, in music albums by your favourite Sellaband-registered artists. Naturally one part entitles you to a limited edition copy of the album on CD and usually depending on how many parts you buy you can earn a share of both the sales revenue and the publishing revenue of an album. Artists can offer anything from 0% - 100% of revenue to their believers. Well known artists such as Public Enemy and Jonathon Davies of Korn have been known to raise funds via Sellaband.

Fan Funding

Artists can choose how much money they want to raise and once they've sold the target amount of parts, they then use the money to record and produce their album. Once the album is complete the limited edition copies are sent out to believers before the official release date. Other rewards and incentives are often offered in addition to income-share. Any money from income-share that is owed to believers is deposited in their Sellaband account every three months.


Investing in music is a highly risky business and requires good A&R (artist & repertoire) skills. You need to be able to pick out the best new artists, not just the ones with the best music but the ones who have a good following, the ones who are most likely to become successful, the ones who are most professional, the ones who take themselves seriously, the ones who have already established a fanbase, etc. However, Sellaband is not just about money. This is a new way of doing business in the music industry and it's also about fans being able to find the music that they actually want to listen to instead of the same old commercially released music they hear on television and radio. Sellaband brings artists and fans closer together to make that music happen.

Return On Investment

Investing in an album then making a return on investment from sales and publishing alone is not going to happen. Although Sellaband did previously give you the useful opportunity to have your own online store they have now removed this feature. However, they do have a voucher system that allows you to buy additional copies of albums you have funded with 50% discount. You can then make 50% profit on these CD's by selling them to friends and family or through your own music store or record label at the retail price. Furthermore you can actually take the orders before you make the purchase for these CD's.

In fact, it would be perfectly legal to start your own market stall or even a shop to sell copies of the discount CD's you have invested in. You could actually run your own record label with very little outlay. Amazon also invest a considerable amount of money in Sellaband artists and all Sellaband albums are sold on Amazon as standard. I believe Amazon are taking advantage of the voucher system. In addition to earning money from sales and publishing revenue and income from selling discount copies you can also make a little extra from Amazon sales. By signing up with Amazon Associates you can then either start your own online store to promote and sell albums you've invested in or place product links on your website or blog. Amazon Associates pay up to 15% commission.

Related Hubs

Evolution Of The Music Industry (How The Music Industry Is Changing)

Become A Music Investor

Fan Funding In The Music Industry

Start A Record Label

Working In The Music Industry

Make Money & Music Online

Best New Music: Ryan Inglis

Best New Music: Ginger Wildheart


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • profile image


      7 years ago

      I have never heard of this, and I am a music lover. I obtained great info here, great job on the writing.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)