INDIE Weekly

May 9, 2016

The INDIE Weekly is your source for news and creative ideas for independent artists and songwriters. This week we are providing opinions on the changes to the music industry:

How Big Is The Music Business, Really?

BY DANIEL ADLER-GOLDEN: Despite music being more accessible than ever before, feelings of unfair treatment and unfair compensation are rampant among musicians at all levels. Although Spotify takes the brunt of the blame, there are a lot of factors at play (the jury is split on the effects of piracy) and this isn’t the first time musicians have felt unfairly compensated for their music. READ MORE

How to Thrive in a Permanently Evolving Music Industry

BY DAVE MARCELLO: Let’s just get this out of the way: the music industry is anything but stable right now, and might remain that way for the foreseeable future. Nobody knows where the money will come from, what the future of streaming looks like, or if we’ll ever get back to those wonderful pre-digital glory days. But I’m not here to bring anyone down. Actually, I believe turmoil and uncertainty provide a great backdrop for innovation and creativity. As a well-known entrepreneur said, “Fortunes are built during the down market and collected in the up market.” READ MORE

YouTube pays more than nothing. That doesn’t make it fair

BY NELLY FURTADO: I am a Canadian singer-songwriter and independent artist. I have been following the news about YouTube’s debate with Sixx:AM (Nikki Sixx’s band) and Debbie Harry. I applaud Katy Perry and the rest of the artists who have begun their petition on the issues. I am educating myself about the arguments and have found that there is certainly a lack of transparency and a lot of spin going on. I want to outline a handful of issues I’ve found, because I have realised that this stuff matters, and if creators don’t fight for what’s right, who will? READ MORE

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