A long time ago, I signed up to a music website called Jamendo, which is mainly aimed at the European market. On that site, you can download my stuff for free and donate cash and if I am really lucky I earn money from playbacks. It’s not a lot of cash, but hey, maybe one day I’ll be able to afford a diamond encrusted plectrum or something.
Anyway, one of the more interesting sidelines of the service is that professional users can licence music for commercial and corporate purposes and pay to do so. OK – the payment to the artist is small (hey, I can now afford to buy 10 packets of guitar strings), but your music gets “out there” and into the marketplace.
Well you could have picked my jaw off the carpet tonight, for when I logged into my Jamendo account I learnt that an Italian 3D computer animation company that specialises in advertising (and have produced adverts for Ferrari, Sky, Vodafone and Jeep to name a few) have licenced one of my tracks. The song in question is called “1-2-3-4” and is from my “Here Comes the Future” album.
I don’t know what they are going to use it for – though I plan to drop them an email and beg for a copy of the tape if there is one to be had for my “portfolio”.
I’m still amazed that anyone out there can take my musical efforts seriously… Wow…I feel all professional all of a sudden.

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