Vinyl at NO Upfront Cost

Fan Powered

Your fans pay for your run and you just keep the profit

Low Processing Fees

Small charges for successful campaigns on Fairsound

Delivery

Pressed and delivered straight to fans from our pressing plant

How Can Fairsound Help?

For Artists

We know that artists need money to keep growing. No upfront costs on physical releases will really help with this. Let the fans who love you help you grow, allowing you to focus on new music.

For Labels

Labels need to be speculative, they need to be able to back artists, we can enable you to begin the process, allowing you to sell more if pre-orders surpass expectations.

  • Fund your next vinyl release with no up-front costs.
  • Pre-order sales will continue as we begin the manufacturing process.
  • Get the exact amount of records you need based on current demand.
  • We distribute your records direct to fan, reducing shipping costs and environmental impact.
  • Quick turn around for re-presses on completed runs.
  • Merch print on demand, direct to fan (coming soon).
  • Digital distribution and royalty management (coming soon).
  • Fund your next vinyl release with no up-front costs.
  • Pre-order sales will continue as we begin the manufacturing process.
  • Get the exact amount of records you need based on current demand.
  • We distribute your records direct to fan, reducing shipping costs and environmental impact.
  • Quick turn around for re-presses on completed runs.
  • Merch print on demand, direct to fan (coming soon).
  • Digital distribution and royalty management (coming soon).
  • All benefits of Artists plus:
  • Enabling labels to understand demand for each artist.
  • Freeing up cash for other projects.
  • Release historic projects that may have been overlooked due to other priorities.
  • Allows you to define your annual strategy.
  • All benefits of Artists plus:
  • Enabling labels to understand demand for each artist.
  • Freeing up cash for other projects.
  • Release historic projects that may have been overlooked due to other priorities.
  • Allows you to define your annual strategy.

What About Fans

Back a campaign to support your favourite artists and help make owning their music on vinyl a reality.

When you back a campaign, your card details are taken and stored securely. Once the campaign reaches the Press On Point (sales target), your money is taken from the card and there will be a 16 week wait for the record to be dispatched.

If you pre-order after the Press On Point has been reached, the money will be taken straight away and you will be informed of the dispatch date (between 1 and 16 weeks depending on when you pre-order).

How Does It Work?

Design Your Pack

Pick from our configurator to create the spec for your next run.

Set Your Price

The Totaliser will tell you how many records you need to sell to unlock the minimun run of 100. We call this the Press On Point!

Campaign Page

Build your campaign page by adding photos, content, audio samples etc. Get them excited!

Backing Phases

Phase One

This is the backing phase, you have up to 30 days to reach the Press On Point: this is your sales target which will fund the pressing of at least 100 wonderful vinyl records in our UK factory.

Phase Two

Once you've reached the Press On Point, the money is taken from fans' accounts and the 16 weeks manufacturing period begins: lacquer cutting, metalwork and test presses are started. Pre-orders continue for another 21 days.

At this point, the final number for the run is decided based on the total pre-order numbers plus any extras needed for sale on tour or in stores. Extra copies can be requested so the pre-order can continue through the rest of the manufacturing period.

Phase Three

While we order printed parts and prepare to press your records, the pre-order campaign continues if artist has decided to keep it running. Once the full run is pressed, we pack and distribute directly to customers.

This saves extra postage and packaging fees to the artist/label, whilst also being kinder on the environment. Not only that, but it also saves time as your records will be sent straight to fans rather than a third party fulfilment company. Once your full order is fulfilled, profits are paid out to the artist or label.

NO Upfront Cost

Fans will commit to buy at the end of the campaign, if unsuccessful, no money will be taken from them! Use our Totaliser to calculate the Press On Point.

No totaliser during Beta, invite only, sorry.

More
Benefits
From

One Place

Everything dealt with on one platform directly with the manufacturer - (pre-orders, manufacturing and fulfilment).

Smaller Footprint

Less environmental impact and lower costs distributing direct to pre-order customers from the factory.

Better Pricing

Same wholesale prices as dealing directly with the factory, low payment processing fee of 5% for sales on the platform, low fulfilment charge of £0.75 per record.

Featured Project

New album, Half Home. Sixties inspired psychedelic rock from the Ukranian trio.

Real World Examples

Emerging Artists

Komparrison released their debut EP. in March 2022 on the Fairsound platform. It was their first physical release, the sales of which provided the financial support for their first UK tour.

Going from strength to strength and with their fanbase growing, they have been booked for UK festival slots were they will be performing their new material that will form the basis of their next vinyl release.

Using designs that represent their personality, their Merch sales have been frequent enough to provide the funds needed.

Labels

Butterfly Effect are a North East based label with a release history spanning across many genres. With a back catalogue so diverse the British Library have requested a copy of everything they produce.

Pre-order campaigns are essential to labels like this to allow them to retain their focus on so many artists, giving much needed exposure to the North East music scene.

The direct to fan service ensures their time is spent focusing on more creative work.

Legacy Artists

DARTZ! celebrated the 15th anniversary of their debut album in 2022. The album was received well at the time, however vinyl was not the predominant format for sales. Re-engaging with their fanbase has informed them that a first vinyl pressing of this critically acclaimed math-pop classic would be supported and highly anticipated.

The pre-order campaign is perfect to help gauge exactly what run size is required, making sure they press enough if demand is larger – or smaller! – than expected.

 

A Little About Fairsound

Fairsound is a platform for artists where the financial constraints of producing a physical release are removed, enabling artists to make the next step up.

Using our platform you can streamline the process of your next vinyl release and get your music into the hands of your fans direct from the press.

Faster. Better. Music Together!

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