The issue of musician compensation is so important and complex that we could write volumes about it. Although artists face tremendous challenges earning a living, there is an ever-expanding array of revenue streams to take into account when considering how artists make money. read more
Neil Young simply ran away with the news cycle this week. You’d think he was Kim Dotcom, what with all the hullabaloo.
By now, you’ve probably heard the comments from Mr. Young — the occasionally affable and always Canadian singer-songwriter — about how “piracy is the new radio.” His remarks came during AllThingsD’s Dive Into Media Conference on January 31, and have been bouncing around the interwebs at incredible velocity ever since. read more
If you’ve ever looked at who gets paid (and how) in the digital music space, you may have walked away dizzy. The two copyrights in music — sound recording and composition — wend their way through the marketplace in lots of curious ways. For us, the most important thing is how money gets back to the actual muscians and songwriters. read more
Virginia Tech students’ favorite music is increasingly streaming into their ears instantly, and for free — a trend leaving many of their favorite artists with weakening streams of revenue.
A survey conducted by the university’s Communication Network Services in coordination with the Future of Music Coalition shows Hokies are most likely to access music for no cost through YouTube, Pandora and free versions of services such as Spotify and Last.fm.
Tech students’ music preferences will be further explored in a panel discussion tonight that will discuss “The Value of Music.” The event, hosted by CNS in a partnership with the FMC, will be held in Squires Student Center’s Old Dominion Ballroom tonight at 7:30.
Getting paid. Making it rain. Rollin’ in dough. Getting paper. Making moolah. Cashing in. Scrooge McDuckin’ (yep, that’s one, too. Thanks Google.)
Making money matters, and in the digital age, there are move avenues than ever for artists to collect on their work. We’ve gone so far as to identify 29 revenue streams for today’s musicians and composers. Which ones are growing and which ones are shrinking? That’s what we’re trying to find out through out Money From Music survey. If you’re a U.S. musician, we want you to take part in this important research. Better hurry, though — the online survey closes on Oct. 28. read more
One of the greatest promises of the digital revolution is that it would remove many of the barriers to instant listening gratification. For example: having to purchase a physical product from a retail establishment with limited shelf space, or waiting for a song you liked to come on the radio. To a large degree, that’s been accomplished — at no other point in history has it been easier to access vast catalogs of music online. The tension, however, has always been in finding business models that make sense for both creators and consumers. Today’s marketplace has a number of innovative, fully licensed music services, which is definitely encouraging. read more