We've had numerous discussions here about PROs (Performance Rights Organizations) and issues related to venues halting live music due to PROs attempting to collect fees.
Certainly, some of the stories indicate a level of heavy-handedness on the part of the PROs. But that's only part of the story. In today's music industry, the way successful musicians make money is by touring - record sales have cratered. Left largely out of the picture are the songwriters, many of whom are geniuses at their art but lack the skills or charisma to be great live performers.
They'd like to make a living too.
Skip, when the word 'industry' is attached to any creative form and measures success in terms of consumption we can guarantee one thing for sure. Eventually that 'industry' will become so top-heavy and dictated by the pressure to generate and maintain revenue and the salary expectations of non-creative employees it becomes irrelevant to the vast majority individual creatives on whom it once depended. Those creatives don't disappear; they simply find environments in which they can flourish.
I know many creatives, myself included, who make money in a variety of creative fields. Probably the two things we all have in common is ingenuity and the fact we define success in regard to our independence and freedom to develop and realise our own artistic vision.
Tie yourself to what you assume is a cash cow and you drown with it when it blunders into a ditch.
Edited by - mbuk06 on 11/30/2017 04:57:55
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