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I am on several sites and thought I’d share what I’ve found for those who are considering it. This isn’t comprehensive research, just some quick impressions

Score Exchange - free to sign up, allows you to watermark your score, allows you to attach mp3s, tracks how many times mp3s listened to. Revisions to scores are easy, but take a few days to show up.

Sheetmusic Plus - free to sign up, select a few pages for preview, allows mp3 upload, does not track anything but sales, Revisions to scores easy and instantly live.

Musicaneo (European) - free to sign up, select a few pages for preview, which it watermarks, allows mp3 upload, tracks visits to all pieces, presents one tally. Initial upload takes a few days to be approved, as do revisions.

Lulu (book-oriented publisher) free to sign up, “peek-inside” preview (requires Flash), no mp3, revisions instantly live, tracks only sales. Allows you to add ISBN (means you can get on Amazon)

LKR Sheet Music - run through the Sons of Sibelius forum by Kevin Riley (a member here). Work is assisted by publisher. Free to sign up, subject to publisher’s approval, 1 page preview. Uses mp3 which you supply to publisher or which publisher can produce from a Finale or Sibelius file. Publisher pays you if sale takes place.

- Note: I have had purchases on Lulu and LKR

Sites I am not on

MuseScore - I did not go on this site because their online store is full of junk and crappy-looking scores.

JW Pepper - I did not go on this site because it is a payfor

Things I did not care about when I signed up 

The financial arrangements

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Very useful post Gav. I'm sure there are many of us out here who are busy producing music that will never see the light of day as we are writers, not publicists. It's also good to know that they actually work and that you have made some money from them (even a few pence is acknowledgement of work done).

Every pence is sacred, true that Graeme!

Hi Gav

Thanks for this - I didn't realise such things existed so I'll give it a go.

Colin
Yw and good luck Colin!

GREAT post Gav :)

Am I mistaken in thinking that I heard for LKR Sheet Music the payment is split 70/30% with 70% going to the publisher and only 30% going to the composer?

Is this the case?

How is it done on other sites?

Thanks so much

Bob

https://soundcloud.com/bob-morabito

Yes it is Bob.

Thank you Kevin.

Bob

https://soundcloud.com/bob-morabito

Kevin riley said:

Yes it is Bob.
@Bob, I don’t know as I did not look. I’m sure the info is readily available without having to create an account.
@Saul, they are not selling anything, they just provide the platform. As soon as your music is on the site, it is available for purchase.

Thanks Gav--Kevin Riley replied above.

Bob

https://soundcloud.com/bob-morabito

Gav Brown said:

@Bob, I don’t know as I did not look. I’m sure the info is readily available without having to create an account.

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