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#781264 - 05/04/06 11:48 AM non-profit publishing?
Eric VB Offline
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Registered: 02/02/05
Posts: 5789
Well, I've been trying to research this on my own and haven't been getting anywhere fast. I figured I may as well float it here for advice.

I did find something from the archive here .

Here's what I want to do. I want to have a way to make recordings available in exchange for charitable contributions to a third party.

As far as I know, nobody does this all the time. CD Baby had a deal for a short time that would have fulfilled my needs, but obviously it only fit their business plan as a temporary PR measure, not as a full-time undertaking. They were allowing artists to use their distribution services with net (or was it gross?) sales going directly to charitable organizations.

I talked briefly to an entertainment lawyer and she felt it would be too costly/time consuming to set up an entity for this purpose. I'd like to keep this separate from my personal finances if possible. One stumbling block is that I want to avoid the pitfall of being the middleman between the donor and the charitable organization due to possible tax issues.

I seemed to find better info when looking at non-profits, since that's what they're all about. Unfortunately, I haven't run across a non-profit that deals with the sale of music as a fund-raiser. I happen to know a lawyer that specializes in non-profits; hopefully he can shed some light on this for me.

It seems to me that what I want to set up is a non-profit publisher. Sound right? Does anybody know if such a thing already exists? (I haven't been successful in my googling.)

It may be a little overkill for what we have now -- a seven-song CD (and mp3 digital downloads) -- but if there's nothing out there to fill this apparent need, then it seems likely that it would serve other like-minded artists, as well as our own future endeavors.

Any help will be greatly appreciated.

#781265 - 05/07/06 06:22 PM Re: non-profit publishing?
Dave Martin Offline
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Registered: 03/17/03
Posts: 961
Loc: Nashville
I suspect that it would be a heck of a lot easier for you to simply set up your won publishing company, and give whatever money comes in to the charity of your choice...
Dave Martin
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Nashville, TN

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