The New York Rock Exchange Launches to Answer the Question, “What if You Could Own a Share of a Song?”

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New music startup is the first legal and fan friendly way for artists to sell shares of their songs. These SongShares are an innovative way for artists to engage with their fans and a new way for fans to own music.

SongShares are for fans--not financial analysts," says New York Rock Exchange Chairman Jeff Annison.

Today marks the initial public offering for "The Precipice" by Seattle-based indie rock band The Classic Crime. SongShare owners get a slew of exclusive perks including a foil embossed "Rock Certificate", a t-shirt, free downloads, an exclusive digital booklet created by the band and early access to new music. They even get a one-time royalty check from the band. The starting price is $35, but changes based on supply and demand, sort of like a stock market. Complete details can be found at

“We chose ‘The Precipice’ because we felt it was the right message to send to an exclusive group of fans,” says Classic Crime frontman, Matt MacDonald. “We like how the song is intimate, heartfelt and magnetic, just like the relationship we are beginning with them.”

"SongShares are for fans--not financial analysts," says New York Rock Exchange Chairman Jeff Annison. "We’ve created an engaging way for artists to connect with their fans and a new definition for what it means to ‘own a song.’ We are thrilled to have The Classic Crime as one of our launch partners and are actively signing additional emerging, mainstream and legendary artists for which to issue shares.”

In addition to exclusive fan perks, shareholders of “The Precipice” can elect to have their one-time royalty check donated to World Wide Village, a charity to help Haitians families by providing funds, resources and expertise in order to transform lives and empower communities.

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