Independent Music

Independent music, including unsigned musicians, musicians with independent labels, and those independent labels.

Organizations: Canadian Independent Recording Artists' Association (CIRAA), Canada music commons, Musical Artists' Global Independence Collaborative - MAGIC, Canadian Independent Record Production Association (Note: CIRPA does not appear very modern in their thinking)

The "iPod tax" - CPCC's proposed levy on devices capable of storing digital audio, and a better way forward

I was called yesterday morning to ask for an interview later in the day about the latest CPCC levy. Since that interview didn't happen, I want to post some of my thoughts on the levy. What I want to say is far more than could have been in an interview anyway.

(See also: p2pnet republishing of article)

Prince Points the Way to a Brighter Future for Music

I found this Wired article by Eliot Van Buskirk very interesting. It reminds us that it is not just the incumbent major recording labels that are holding back a brighter future for the music industry (composers and performers being the most relevant part), but also the music retailers.

"dinosaurs sitting around discussing the asteroid"

Paul McCartney discusses the industry in a LA Times article, quoting his record producer as suggesting the major record labels these days are like dinosaurs sitting around discussing the asteroid. Mr. McCartney plans to break from past deals with EMI and release more of his own work to digital media.

Figuring out the Music Industry...

The following is a comment to a discussion in the latest This Week In Tech podcast.

I wanted to help the group better understand what is happening in the music industry. In the conversation you were speaking as if it was one big happy industry, when in fact you need to divide it into at least 3 warring factions to make sense out of things: composers (and their publishers), performers, and "makers" of sound recordings.

Q & A with Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails

There is an Australian Herald Sun interview with Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails who lets rip at ignorant record companies.

It is interesting to note that he has only one album owed to a major label, and then he is free of those antiquated shackles. Should be very interesting to see how much better things get after that. It would be interesting to know how many other artists are coming out from under that legacy control, and thus how quickly the irrelevant major labels will be pushed aside by the emerging modern music industry.

Music's future digital and online: experts

A CBC News article reports on the recent panel in Toronto.

Barenaked Ladies: If I had a compulsory blanket music license

An Ars Technica article by Nate Anderson talks about the most widely supported alternatives to lawsuits and DRM. Unlike lawsuits which just upsets the customer base (you can't sue someone into being your customer), and DRM which infringes the basic property rights of technology owners and breaks interoperability, compulsory licensing would vastly increase the revenues being returned to artists.

Alanis Morissette "My Humps" video: $2K for video?

Interesting article and comments on the Leftsetz Letter about the Alanis Morissette "My Humps" video that just started showing up on video sharing sites. A comment says that it only costs $2K to make, but I think we should remember that this is her costs -- there is still going to be royalties owed to the composer/publisher who has the rights to that song for all the communications to the public -- more money that Google will be said to owe even though it appears Morissette authorized the video to be shared.

Clear as mud? -- as with everything else in the music industry these days.

Good news stories for Junos

An article by Aideen McCormick in the Calgary Herald talks of some of the good-news story that we should see at the Junos this year.

93% of Canadians feel music by home-grown songsters is equal or superior to music by international artists, no doubt helping Canadian artists increase their share of the Canadian music market, up from 16 per cent in 2001, to 25 per cent in 2004.

Piracy didn’t kill the major label business model, choice did.

A BLOG article by Bob Lefsetz documents what most of us recognize, but policy makers seem to largely be unaware of.

At some point in the future, earlier rather than later if the majors capitulate and agree to live in the present as opposed to the 1990s, music acquisition on the Net will be monetized. A great deal of revenue will be generated, but it will be distributed amongst a plethora of providers/acts.
But the point is you no longer need the major label as a bank, as a marketer, you don’t need that much money and your fans do so much of the work for you. How do the majors compete in this new landscape? Good question.

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