Greetings from Washington, D.C., music nerds! I am here to attend the Future of Music Policy Summit, which addresses a side of the music profession I could stand to learn more about: policy, technology, law, how the money comes in and how it goes out, and more.
Coalition‘s annual policy summit tackles the big issues that matter to musicians and the new music industry. It’s happening now in Washington DC and you can watch the live stream free on both Monday and Tuesday. You’ll find more info, the schedule and the live video stream here.
Colorado nonprofit SpokesBUZZ recently wrapped up the third successful year of BandSwap 2014, the program that Hypebot calls “an excellent example of creative innovation in the music industry.” The program, even broader this year in scope and concept, brought together fans and industry professionals with 16 bands for 88 events in nine cities over four weeks. The events featured BandSwap performances by the participating bands and other local artists, music video premieres and screenings, educational discussions with an impressive list of panelists (below), networking SynchroniCITY mixers, Cultural Spotlight presentations shedding light on each city’s unique characteristics, presentations on innovative startups via InnovationSwap, and more! read more
Millions of smartphone users were surprised to learn this month that the rock band U2 had not only made a new album available to them for free, but that it was already loaded into their iPhones. U2 gave away the album as part of a blockbuster business deal with Apple, which is rolling out its newest devices this fall. But the band and the company are both being criticized over how the promotion affects the value of music in the digital age. Join Kojo for a Tech Tuesday conversation about the intersection of technology and music.
“It’s entirely possible to create a cottage business around your music and stay in control”, says Laura Kidd, an independent (indie) artist who records as She Makes War.
As Kristin Thomson, social researcher and co-director of the Artist Revenue Streams Project points out, even talented, commercially viable artists need experienced partners to achieve that level of impact.
The very first music festival probably took place in a small clearing, just a pterodactyl’s throw from the main cave; the manufacturers of crude stone implements no doubt sponsored the one after that.
Woodstock came later, demonstrating huge demand for music, drugs and the communal experience. With recorded music revenue in a protracted free fall, the live space has become an even greater industry obsession…
“One thing is for sure,” declared an influential American critic and record industry analyst, Bob Lefsetz, in a recent post on the topic of streaming music. “One service will dominate, it’s where we’ll all go, because we want to share, we don’t want to be left out.”