When Spotify launched in the US back in July, we were pretty stoked about the service’s flexibility, response and depth of features. We’ve spent a few months with it, and, as a consumer product, it is still very impressive. Now that we’re past the infatuation phase, it’s time to take a closer look at the relationship between Spotify and musicians, particularly independents. For those just tuning in, Spotify is a streaming on-demand music service that has an ad-supported free version, as well as a premium, ad-free subscription option. Unlike say, Pandora, Spotify lets you choose which specific songs you want to hear and create playlists. This means that on-demand services like Spotify (and MOG, Rhapsody and Rdio) have to pay a different license than radio-like services.
In the 12th episode of This Week In Music, Ian Rogers sits down with Future of Music Coalition’s Kristin Thomson to talk about FMC’s initiatives. Future of Music Coalition is a national nonprofit organization that works to ensure a diverse musical culture where artists flourish, are compensated fairly for their work, and where fans can find the music they want.
The Future of Music Coalition recently began conducting a survey called “How Do You Make Money From Music?” It aims to find out all the ways an artist can earn a living - from concerts to publishing and more. Jean Cook, director of programs at the Coalition, joins us to explain.
Picture a jazz musician. Perhaps he’s sharply dressed, standing in a dark corner of a restaurant, a small but appreciative audience looking on. He seems to be lost in the moment; wrapped up in a passionate solo, his eyes are closed in intense concentration. For over an hour, he is thinking of nothing more than emoting into his instrument with all the present force of his conscious being.
You may pause to ask yourself: Is this really his job? […]
Let’s talk about money. How do you make your money? For real?
Is it from performance fees, teaching, arts admin, commissions, grants, mechanical royalties? merch? sheet music sales? record label advance? or a day job at (fill in the blank)? Are there other ways you can make money from your art that fit organically with your vision and skills? Or do you want a well paid non-art job that gives you the freedom and brain space to create your art independently?
KNOWLEDGEISPOWER. Empower your self with knowledge. And then act on it strategically. […]
In the US today, 6th September 2011, a non-profit Future of Music Coalition (FMC), which focuses on education, research and advocacy for musicians, launched the next phase of its ambitious Artist Revenue Streams project with a detailed online survey for musicians and composers.
The national non-profit Future of Music Coalition (FMC), which focuses on education, research and advocacy for musicians, will soon launch the next phase of its Artist Revenue Streams project with a detailed online survey for musicians and composers. The survey is one part of a multi-method research effort to assess how musicians and composers are currently generating income from their music, performances and brand, and whether this has changed over the past 10 years.
Washington, D.C.—National non-profit Future of Music Coalition (FMC), which focuses on education, research and advocacy for musicians, will soon launch the next phase of its ambitious Artist Revenue Streams project with a detailed online survey for musicians and composers.
The Future of Music Coalition is conducting an online survey from September 6 to October 28 called “How Do You Make Money From Music?” as part of the Artists Revenue Streams project. Their aim is to gather information about the ways that musicians and composers are currently generating income for their career, and how this has changed over the past five years.