The continuing adventures of Producer Matt. Founder of social media start-up The DJ Book. Web developer, DJ, Radio Presenter & Producer, and Geek.
This article highlights an issue that non-mainstream music has faced for years. In dance music for example, you don't make money from sales. In a lot of cases you may only just break even when factor in studio time, mastering, promotion and other costs, something I've come across many times having worked in and around dance music 15+ years.
In many situations you can pull in revenue from licencing deals, compilations, and if you're really lucky, royalty payments (PRS in the UK) if your track goes mainstream, but don't hold your breath.
I've found in dance music at least, the bulk of revenue comes from appearances. DJ bookings, live PA's, or sponsorship if you have a popular radio show/podcast, and then there's of course remix fees and the like.
I am not implying that patronage is bad, but it can be part of the tool kit of an artist. But what I will say is, in the modern music world you need to be more than an artist, you need to be a business person too.
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Surely if she's paying people to protest for her, then she is in fact becoming a capitalist? At the very least if she didn't declare it, she would get carted off for Tax evasion perhaps :) A taste of power is all it takes...
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Couldn't agree more.
I enjoy Sarah's work, matter of fact the first book of hers I read long before I came across her work on TC was, 'The Stories of Facebook YouTube & MySpace' which is still a really good read.
This series seems to basically be Bloomberg's TechStars docu series, sexed up so that the average joe with no interest in business or technology, can get it.
I will watch it, if only to see how the whole thing pans out, and if it lives up to my initial thoughts.
But if you want to know what it is really like in startups then go back and watch TechStars, or wait until The Startup Kids is released in a month or so.
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