December 3, 2013 Posted by Kevin in Music Business

David Byrne's Survival Strategies for Emerging Artists

This is a great article by David Byrne to ponder over as we all look to the future of the music business and what path is right for each of us. Below is an excerpt from?WIRED MAGAZINE: ISSUE 16.01: (NOTE: This article has some great audio conversations and music. Well worth the listen.) - Kevin

[EXCERPT] Full disclosure:?I used to own a record label. That label, Luaka Bop, still exists, though I'm no longer involved in running it. My last record came out through Nonesuch, a subsidiary of the Warner Music Group empire. I have also released music through indie labels like Thrill Jockey, and I have pressed up CDs and sold them on tour. I tour every few years, and I don't see it as simply a loss leader for CD sales. So I have seen this business from both sides. I've made money, and I've been ripped off. I've had creative freedom, and I've been pressured to make hits. I have dealt with diva behavior from crazy musicians, and I have seen genius records by wonderful artists get completely ignored. I love music. I always will. It saved my life, and I bet I'm not the only one who can say that.

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.

Where are things going?.... Read it all here:?http://www.wired.com/entertainment/music/magazine/16-01/ff_byrne?currentPage=all

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