Shirtify T-Shirt Of Month Club: Music You Like, Money For Independent Artists
[Updated below] Shirtify is a t-shirt of the month club that's based on your social listening preferences. This Canadian starup uses music services like Spotify to identify what you're listening to and sends you a t-shirt for a band you enjoy. If you're an artist whose music is getting streamed a lot, this might be a good way to get paid.
Shirtify, is a project from the folks at Wantering who also created Window Shop, a site featuring merchandise found by fashion bloggers with links to the online outlets. With Shirtify they're setting up fulfillment as well.
Shirtify identifies your listening preferences via Spotify, Rdio, Pandora or Last.fm. They then send you relevant band t-shirts on a monthly basis for $35, annually for $399 or in a 3-shirt pack for $99. It is kind of pricey, which may be its downfall, but shipping is included and they have a "no questions asked" returns policy.
However, the biggest reason for the pricing is the fact that they pay the bands full price for their shirts, unlike probably any other retail outlet or related service. So part of their pitch is being a way for bands to get paid who may not be getting rich off streaming services.
They're currently contacting bands for shirts but don't have a posted submissions process. If you're getting streamed regularly on any of the above services, I'd suggest using this form to let them know you're interested.
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