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)

Tunecore signs up iTunes artists, skipping outdated middle-man: the label

The real threat to the outgoing major labels has always been legal competition, not infringement. I have been talking about how digital distribution companies will be able to make the labels obsolete, with a service called Tunecore helping artists to do this.

A new service has emerged allowing artists to publish their own tracks and albums on Apple's iTunes Music Store, as well as RealNetworks' Rhapsody service without the need for record labels.

UK: Indie labels reject DRM as music policeman

This MacWorld article by Jonny Evans includes:

A huge disagreement over the need for digital rights management (DRM) of songs is emerging in the music industry.

UK indie label association, AIM, will give oral evidence before a UK government enquiry at the House of Commons on Thursday February 2.

When I asked CIRPA for their views on the VUT campaign, Cori Ferguson, President of CIRPA, responded with something that sounded like she was a politician by using 3 paragraphs of words to say nothing. Seems that Canada is behind the times yet again.

The Role of Levies in Canada's Digital Music Market

Jeremy F. Debeer of the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law, has published a paper titled The Role of Levies in Canada's Digital Music Market. In this paper he argues that an expanded levy system is not the best way to address the challenges of Canada's digital music marketplace. Instead, Canadian law and policy makers should reform voluntary collective licensing systems and provide more stable and generous funding directly to Canadian artists.

VUT campaign "Respect The Music – Copy Protection Free"

As a result of the music industry's most recent attempts at fatal copy protection methods, the VUT – German Association of Independent Labels, Publishers and Producers – feels that it needs to disassociate itself from the music industry's position by starting its own campaign called 'Respect The Music'.

Need for a "music in Canada" debate not shut down by "theft is theft" extremist rhetoric

A posting by Michael Geist focuses on the news from Nettwerk, but also included:

We need a real discussion of music in Canada that goes beyond file sharing to include private copying, fair use, the limits on the use of DRM, the transparency of collectives, canadian content requirements in the Internet era, and support for the artists. It is a debate that must include the independent labels who are responsible for 90 percent of new Canadian music, the artists from all perspectives, and user interests. It is a debate that is about much more than file sharing.

Canadian music giant Nettwerk helps fund battle against RIAA

A few other bloggers on this site have noticed an Register article by Andrew Orlowski which talks about how privately-owned Nettwerk Music Group is helping the Gruebel family who is being sued by the RIAA.

p2pnet has posted more information, and Jon Newton has indicated he is interested in doing an interview when all parties have the time.

Having the larger Independent labels acting as other than "mini me" versions of the majors is a major development!

Sam Bulte is Speaking Out Of Turn

This posting by musician Matthew Good includes:

What I would like to do is address this issue from the standpoint of a Canadian musician with regards to someone like Sam Bulte claiming to represent our interests rather than those of the corporate executive.

The most important realization that any Canadian can make about this country’s music industry is that it is almost entirely beholden to foreign parent companies. Now, many of you might be labouring under the false assumption that the primary concern of Canada’s foremost corporate music giants is the promotion and support of domestic artists, but nothing could be further from the truth.

How p2p file sharing helps artists, by Loaf from The Pariahs

This article by Loaf from the band The Pariahs includes:

Old-school record companies are being squeezed by two factors, both caused by digital technology.

It used to be that unless you were independently wealthy, you needed a record deal to make a professional quality recording. This is no longer the case.

It used to be that you needed major label clout to make your music widely available -this is no longer the case either.

Be Heard – Music Creators Coalition Newsletter #3 (Survey)

January 4, 2005

Be Heard – Music Creators Coalition Newsletter #3

Hello and Happy New Year from the Music Creators Coalition team!

Several weeks in the making, I'm happy to report that there is a Music Creators Coalition Survey (Send message to Keith Serry to get PDF,DOC or WordPerfect versions of the survey). The results of this survey will go a long way towards making sure that we understand as much as possible about the issues that affect you and other artists.

I hope that you can fill out the survey and forward it back to me by January 28 via e-mail or, if need be, snail mail:

Music Coalition Survey
c/o Keith Serry Communications
4586 Rue Chambord
Montreal, QC
H2J 3M7

We can see clearly now...

As reports of inappropriate behaviour by a major Liberal supporter of Bill C-60 and strong-arm tactics by major music labels increase, a bright new future is dawning for the majority of Canadian musicians. The independent music scene is experiencing significant growth while the hit-manufacturing major label market continues to stagnate.

Now this news is reaching the mainstream. During this morning's bus ride, I listened to CBC's The Current where Anna Maria Tremonti interviewed several indie music insiders. All of them confirmed what those of us who do not support the control culture architected into Bill C-60 by the incumbent copyright industry have been explaining: new technology opens new avenues for new artists.

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