Why Not? After all, we had been taught when we were wee kids, that sharing is caring. Then we grew up, and realized that sharing cannot gain us profit. We have stopped the sharing.
The more I go into the music & tech industry, the more I see the absence of sharing. Everyone is thinking of some way to make much profit out of least amount of product. After all, what else can you gain from giving out freebies? Some argues, they need to feed their families.
However this is nothing truth. Musicians are innovators and inventors of audio & emotions. We are afraid of sharing ideas, that someone else could use our ideas to make better materials than us. We the musicians are afraid of competition and shame. Stubborn, we the musicians.
What else could sharing benefit for 'we the musicians'?
The younger musicians start out with full dream of hoping people to buy their newly-made product, only fail to realize, everyone has to have the beginning, somewhere to build up your base. For some people, the beginning was short. To some, the beginning is endless. As for me, I wish to stay where I am.
I'm anonymous. 'Elitistinen', just one in countless pseudonames I had used in the past. I submit my music here and there, and totally forget when or where I have done it. In fact, Newgrounds is the first place in a decade I actually put my heart into the community. I usually move on. However the truth is, I stay the same.
To most people, I'm a normal guy with music making hobbies. Probably a jackass, too. And I have the ambitions of sharing all my music to the world. People might believe I'm a beginner. True, I always believe myself as a beginner. However, to little of those who once knew me, at least IRL, I'm far for it. I had composed numerous scores and music for famous theater plays and films (at least in my country). I even conducted orchestra bands. Yet, I do not find sharing hurt any of my skill.
So what's my point? At least a short one, you say?
Sharing doesn't hurt you. It benefits your reputation of being goodwill. Where is the 'random acts of kindness'? As I see this is the fact, the more skillful you are as a sharer, the more respect you gain. Sharing benefits you friends. Sharing also benefits you feedback, which makes your music better, hence benefits more respect.
Thank the greatness for Bandcamp, where you have the option 'Name your price'. I adore donations than forced-payment. I believe once you gain enough respect, people will come and make the donation.
How about openness? Yes sirs & madams. Tell your music lovers on how you made the piece, how you create the beats, what tools did you use and how to let your friends/learners/fans than you!
Encourage more creativity, by sharing your ideas. That's how you care about other.
Sharing is caring...