If you buy the booklet, music or whatever directly from the author, they will get full renumeration. Often the author will sell books to a vendor, at 40% off. Or to a wholesaler at 60% off. Just because you buy from a store doesn't mean that the author doesn't get anything. They just don't get as much as if you bought directly.
Sylvia Miskoe, Concord, NH USA
From: Eric Ferguson <email@example.com>
To: strathspey <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Fri, Jun 29, 2012 5:29 pm
Subject: Paying for dance descriptions (was: Marie Boehmer dances)
Sending information around the world (like your message, this
message, dance collections and tunes) can nowadays be done instantly
and at no cost.
Nobody will begrudge an author or composer his due remuneration, but
when we buy the paper books nearly all the money goes to publishers,
printing companies, taxes and postal services. Why should we be
incited to pay for all of that, when we have no idea how much (if
anything) the author / composer gets, and also have to accept long
It is obvious that sending dances and music around the world on paper
is an outdated method of communication.
The SCD community needs to devise a method of distributing dances
(etc.) that gives proper remuneration to the artists who wrote them,
without incurring any extra costs. I see two possibilities which can
1. If an author/composer wants to donate the proceeds to charity (as
many do), it should suffice to add a line to the description/tune
"If this dance/tune is used at any social event for which admission
is charged, we trust that you will donate the sum of XXX to a charity
in the field of YYY." That will surely raise more (and recurrent)
revenue than paying once for the publication.
2. For those authors/composers who want to collect the cash
themselves, could the Strathspey website (or the RSCDS) perhaps set
up a webshop where one can pay and then download?
Who has better ideas?
Quoting Iain Boyd <email@example.com>:
> Dear Chris,
> I get a little tired of dancers and teachers trying to get > something for nothing.
> I admit that there are now so many books of dances available, but, > a small investment every now and then over a period of time will > ensure that even the meanest will end up with a sizable > collection.
> Iain Boyd
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