Music Biz

From (best known as Talking Heads founder) David Byrne:

What is called the music business today, however, is not the business of producing music. At some point it became the business of selling CDs in plastic cases, and that business will soon be over. But that’s not bad news for music, and it’s certainly not bad news for musicians. Indeed, with all the ways to reach an audience, there have never been more opportunities for artists.

That provactive paragraph is part of his and Thom Yorke’s Survival Strategies for Emerging Artists — and Megastars over on Wired. Byrne sees six ways for musicians to make a living depending on how much control they want and how much they’re willing to do non-musical support work. To make sure we’re all on the same page he also spends a couple of paragraphs up front explaining what he means by “music.”

The article contains many factual bits to support Byrne’s contentions. For example,

Shows where the money from a $15.99 CD goes.  $1.60 goes to the artist. Less than the amount the label or the retail outlet gets.

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