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Zoë Keating: MMT Featured Artist

An Alt-Classical Artist for the 21st Century We first featured Zoë Keating as a Free Friday pick in 2010.  Last year she received more mentions in MMT than any other artist -- largely due to a guest post she wrote for us: "Zoe Keating on Spotify, Apple and Independents (and lettuce)." In addition to being [...]

By | January 8th, 2012|MMT Featured Artists, music industry, Tech|

Music 2.0: Battle of the Business Models (part 3)

What's the Best Business Model for the Music Industry? Put simply, a business model is the plan for generating revenue and profits.  For musicians, that means being able to put food on the table and pay the rent.  As Jill Sobule put it, success in the music business "means not having to work a straight [...]

By | December 17th, 2011|music industry|

Musicians’ Digital Performance Royalties at Risk

This guest post is from Kristin Thomson of the Future of Music Coalition. Recording artists and indie labels: there’s a movement afoot to change the way that you would receive your digital public performance royalties, and it’s not a good one, especially for recording artists. Back in August, we blogged about the news that Sirius/XM was [...]

By | November 5th, 2011|music industry, Tech|

Fair trade music

Can you codify an ethical and moral dimension to the consumption of music? As we consider business models for music in the 21st century, how do we account for practices that support and sustain music and musicians?  Can they be identified and branded in a way that will encourage fairness and help inform consumers?  This [...]

By | October 18th, 2011|music industry|

Are Subscription Music Services a Sustainable Business Model?

Or, how will musicians pay the rent in the 21st century? There was some spirited discussion around new business models and artist payments from online services at the Future of Music Policy Summit last week.  We will take a closer look at these issues in an upcoming article.  First, this analysis from Frank Woodworth of [...]

By | October 10th, 2011|music industry, Tech|

Best of Future of Music Policy Summit 2011: The Fammys

 Here they are: the 2nd annual Fammy Awards.  Sadly, My IT Thing only allowed for one day of attendance at this year's event, so most day 2 winners will have to receive their awards at a separate ceremony.  (Make your nominations in the comments below.)  Let the pageantry begin! Best Reporting:  Greg Kot, Chicago Tribune [...]

By | October 5th, 2011|Gig Bag, music industry|