Music Exchange Guidelines

Some Basic Guidelines For Our Group

01.) The focus of this group is to share music, and have a good time doing so. So please, let’s play nice. Lively conversation and discussion is welcome; you should be able to comment on these pages, and as new releases come out, there will be a page dedicated to that release, for us to discuss / comment on / share other links regarding. Please don’t feel inhibited to interact. We are sharing art, and it’s supposed to spark discussion. But please, be cordial. If there’s a problem, contact Austin.

02.) There will be a cost involved with this group. Postage isn’t free, and then there’s the materials that you use to make your release. And you do need to make at least 11 copies of your release, so duplication can be complicated. There’s a couple international folks in the group, too, which can add further costs. I say this by way of transparency. There are costs, and they aren’t insignificant. But they aren’t extravagant, either. If the cost and the postal commitment is too much, this group might not be for you.

03.) Please don’t harp on anyone for being late. Life happens. If someone is late one month, so be it. It’ll all work out in the end, and considering how crazy the world is right now, it seems worth it to give each other a little leeway. Again, don’t stress; we’re here to have fun.

04.) Throughout the year, record / work on your release for the group. You can use the group to post previews, ask questions, or get feedback. Or, you can also be anonymous, and we’ll get your release in the mail one day. It’s your call, it’s your release. It would be nice to know a little about your projects, and get a little introduction, but you are not at all required. However you present your work is what we’re interested in, here.

05.) During your month, assemble / ship out your release to the other members on the group. (Austin will make the list of addresses available to each member, rather than posting it online somewhere.) You have until the end of your month to ship out your release. (Contact Austin if you think you’ll be late; Life happens.) Since people move and things change, Austin will send the most current list just before the first of your month. If you’re ready sooner, you can contact Austin as you are preparing.

06.) This is a “Format-Agnostic” exchange. You can send out tapes, CDs, micocassettes, records if you’d like. CDs are the easiest to make and the cheapest to send these days, but really, anything that you want to send out to everyone is absolutely welcome. Have fun with it. I’m curious if anyone can make something that we can’t play. We only ask that this isn’t a digital download; we would like you to send something in the mail, please.

07.) The release can be only for this group, or can be for others, too. You can decide what happens to the release afterwards. Essentially, our group gets an advance preview; after that, have fun with what you made! (Or, keep it hidden from others and never share it again. You get to choose.)

08.) If group members are interested, we can assemble a collection of all the releases, and make them available to others – either digitally or physically. We can cross that bridge after the exchange is over.

09.) If you have any questions, just ask? Thanks.

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