Martin Walker wrote:for me streaming remains a gut feeling of distrust against a corrupt system.
I know these are not simplistic arguments, but who do you guys see as the responsible parties for this current state of affairs:-
- The tech companies for seizing an opportunity to build and develop streaming platforms for a clear market
- The tech companies being too greedy (either not paying back enough, or not charging enough to the end user to build market share etc)
- The labels for licensing their artists' music for cheap to such platforms knowing that returns are poor compared to the old model
- The labels for licensing their artists' music to such platforms but not passing enough of those revenues on to the artists
- The labels for generally not being "fair" to their artists and exploiting them anyway they can
- The market for not wanting to buy (and re-buy) CD's at £10-20 a pop any more
- The market not valuing music as being something that needs to be paid for, or owned
- The high availability of "free" music (in the old days of course, we still had "free" music, because of radio - the difference being, although the end user didn't see the costs, the radio stations *were* paying to play that music.)
(Of course, all of these things, and others, are factors to varying degrees).
I mean, no matter whether we're talking old-model or today's state of affairs, the details of what "fair" would be, in relation to labels and artists, would seem to differ significantly depending on which side of that relationship you're talking to. It just seems to me that when there was coke+lamborghini money floating around, there was enough for everyone (at least "successful" artists) and those people didn't question too hard (until their managers abscond with all the money!). Others were willing to slum for nothing it in the hope of reaching those heights one day.
Now the coke and lambo money of the 80s & 90s is long gone, everyone's having to scramble much harder to survive. As was always the case, the people at the top do well, people who *should* do well manage to scrape by, and everyone else struggles - much as it has always been. At least there are other avenues where artists can reach their audiences, and generate revenue (let's leave the current state of the live situation due to CO19 out of this for now...)
How do we get to a music model that works for everyone - because we've never had that before, either...
Should the vast majority of artists skip the labels entirely (or at least while it makes sense) and go to their audience directly? Do they even need marketing muscle when the power of crowdsourcing and sharing can build and fuel your reach? Is making a good living from art something that should be available to everybody, or has it always been hard to do?