This has less to do with the music side, but with the relational labor side as it applies to journalism.
There’s a new pioneering “tribe” in today’s news organizations: those working on engagement. To be specific, I’m not focusing on those working in audience engagement but more on journalists who are engaging with and empowering the public to support communities to thrive. Less transaction, more relation; less on audience, more on community. One of the notions in defining community engagement is a role to purposefully put the public at the center of what we do, bring together the people who accurately represent all of the voices and then to authentically listen, facilitate and connect those conversations as a reflection of the whole story. I’m keenly interested in journalism in service to civic engagement that is thick, impactful and at scale, referencing Ethan Zuckerman’s Beyond “The Crisis in Civics.”
More –> http://mediashift.org/2015/11/engagement-is-relational-not-transactional/
“[T]his isn’t a sob story. We knew [the tour] would be an expensive endeavor, and we still chose to make the investment. We could have played a duo show instead of hiring six people to tour with us. That would have saved us over $50,000, but it was important at this stage in Pomplamoose’s career to put on a wild and crazy rock show. We wanted to be invited back to every venue, and we wanted our fans to bring their friends next time. The loss was an investment in future tours.
We, the creative class, are finding ways to make a living making music, drawing webcomics, writing articles, coding games, recording podcasts. Most people don’t know our names or faces. We are not on magazine covers at the grocery store. We are not rich, and we are not famous.
We are the mom and pop corner store version of ‘the dream.’ If Lady Gaga is McDonald’s, we’re Betty’s Diner. And we’re open 24/7.
We have not ‘made it.’ We’re making it.”
Via Digital Music News | This Band Just Finished a 28 Day Tour and Made How Much?!
“Consumers no longer need to buy full albums to get the songs they want. They are able to buy the songs they care about piecemeal. Is there an opportunity to save the album? When an artist creates an album, isn’t that the product? Not the individual songs, but the collection of songs into one product? How can the industry entice people to purchase full albums again? Maybe there is an opportunity to revolutionize what individuals actually get with an album purchase to be more in touch with new technology and mediums. An album has the ability to provide way more than just a collection of songs, possibly music videos, maybe some commentary, and an artistic album cover. It can be so much more interactive.”
via Feature.fm | What Is Going To Save The Music Industry
“Delivering the fourth annual John Peel Lecture at the Radio Festival in Salford last night (October 13), Pop said, ‘The people who don’t want the free U2 download are trying to say, don’t try to force me. And they’ve got a point.’
‘Part of the process when you buy something from an artist, it’s kind of anointing, you are giving people love. It’s your choice to give or withhold. You are giving a lot of yourself, besides the money. But in this particular case, without the convention, maybe some people felt like they were robbed of that chance, and they have a point.’
During his half-hour address, the 67-year-old shared ancedotes and experiences from his own career, and at one point noted: ‘If I had to depend on what I actually get from sales I’d be tending bars between sets.’ Defending his Swiftcover commercial, he said: ‘If I wanna make money, well about about selling car insurance? At least I’m honest. It’s an ad and that’s all it is.'”
via Uncut | Iggy Pop: “If I had to depend on what I get from album sales I’d be tending bars between sets”
“‘In our eyes (and hearts), this demonstration of support underscores a dramatic, cultural revolution happening in arts communities around the globe,’ wrote Tyler Palmer, Patreon’s VP of Operations. “More creators are able to create freely and fully by connecting directly to the people with the power to support them. We’re honored to help make this happen, and inspired to do more.'”
via HypeBot | Patreon Donors Gave $10 Million To Musicians and Creators In 2014
“The live music market is flourishing even as sales of recorded music have mouldered. Between 2012 and 2013 it grew by a quarter, according to the Performing Right Society for Music, an industry body. Gig-goers now spend more than £1 billion ($1.7 billion) a year on tickets and almost half that again on food, drink and the like. Festivals make up a large chunk of this. In the early 1990s Britain had few of them, recalls Melvin Benn of Festival Republic, a promoter. Around 450 will take place this year. The festival season, once limited to July and August, now stretches until early autumn. On the first weekend of September four festivals battle it out.
All this is changing the way the music industry works. Festivals are increasingly seen as a way to test whether big-name artists have enough fans to warrant arena tours, says Rebecca Kane of the 02, a large venue in London. Newer names find them essential: Clean Bandit, a British band who brought out their first album this year, are performing at around 20 festivals this summer. And music executives are increasingly taking into account how successfully they think artists will perform at big outdoor gigs before deciding to sign them.”
via The Economist | How Big Outdoor Concerts are Changing the Music Industry
From September 2nd:
“I (Filip) work as a paver for my father (he has a company), our bass-player Kenn works at a gas station, our drummer Simon works in a kindergarten, our guitarist Toby is working with some computer-stuff for the Danish state and our second guitarist Rasmus is looking for a job at the moment. None of us is earning any money from the band and we are spending all our free time on this project, we are 100% doing it because this is what we like to do and not because we are expecting to be famous and rich.”
via Rolled Up Sleeves | Hexis (Denmark)