The music industry really is in a pickle. Well, a jar of pickles.
So it's no wonder many people, including yours truly, are finding it difficult to break through and get themselves heard. (Literally. Ha)
Having attended an educational seminar a few days ago (an event aiming to educate aspiring artists, songwriters, publishers, etc on the business side of music and how this almighty leviathan really works) I left with a sense of the humongous challenge ahead.
This challenge would be personal, requiring me to not only write and perform great music, butI also become aware of the challenge facing the industry as it is today.
The music industry is complicated. It almost seems to be confused in itself, as many of the panel members expressed differing opinions, each claiming their own opinion was right, but never suggesting anyone who thought differently was wrong.
Much of the conversation revolved around how to break into the industry, which had various responses, but all contained the fact you need to put in some good solid hard work.
However, the most contentious topic raised was streaming.
Although streaming was only one subject discussed, the issues around it kept appearing. Much of the discussion revolved around money and the only thing that was transparently clear was the uncertainty around the actual figures, especially regarding the amount of money Spotify (and other streaming services) pay back into the industry and how much of that eventually makes its way to the artist and the songwriter.
Personally I believe that music should have a value. I know too many people that believe it should be free saying 'I all listen to it all the time' and 'I want it, but I don't want to pay for it'
Saying everyone should be able to have music for free is basically the same as going into the supermarket and demanding that you can take a pizza home without paying.
Yes, we all listen to music a large amount of the time and indeed it seems to have become an integral part of our lives (name me the last time you were in total silence for any decent length of time) Therefore many people regard it to be a necessity, but just because we have a high demand for it doesn't mean it should be free.
In the same way that a pizza shouldn't be free of charge, even though we all need food to survive, music too should have a fair price and should not be treated like the scraps in the bin. Equally, usually when something is highly sought after and has such a high demand, the price is often pushed up purely because of the popularity, so I feel that argument doesn't stand up either.
Changing this perception is going to be a huge battle, and the way music is created may never gain full appreciation or even be fully realised, but it surely it deserves to be treated better than this.
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