The Music Industry is an opaque industry.
Many of us rely on it, make a living off of it.
Everyday we complain, in real life or/and on social medias. But no one really cares. People tend to see complaining musicians as annoying little babies, crying for vacuous rights and/or exposure. But those people who criticize don’t realize how privileged they are. They don’t value music enough as any other profession. They do have full time jobs, so for them their music endeavor is just a hobby. Musicians living off of music shouldn’t be blamed for choosing this ‘illusory’ yet ideal full time path. Some people need time to think about concepts and create their own body of work. And, they are willing to sacrifice their own comfort/income to make that path happen. Others are disillusioned. Ok we are all different.
Now, music is an industry. It always has been. It shifted with the creation of the MP3. Now, we are all immersed in a streaming culture. The music industry is still here but the ones making profits out of it are not musicians, exploiters.
They are mining the people who create the content.
No one can complain as money is the only variable that counts. Those people make so much money out of musicians. Musicians don’t have any saying. It’s a new form of slavery.
For a year i tried to live completely off of music and through this experiment, i realized that the only way to make change happen is thru awareness of the content generator; us.
We are the content, thus the power.
If we react locally, maybe the thought will propagate internationally. We just need more transparency in this industry and more credibility.
Let’s all share our story, and ask for more transparency.
In NYC how much do you make on a weeknight at “_____” (name of any venue)?
How much do you make when you tour?
How much do you get offered to play in festivals…?