David Byrne: Open the Music Industry’s Black Box – The New York Times

THIS should be the greatest time for music in history — more of it is being found, made, distributed and listened to than ever before. That people are willing to pay for digital streaming is good news.

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Everyone should be celebrating — but many of us who create, perform and record music are not. […] Obviously, the situation for less-well-known artists is much more dire. For them, making a living in this new musical landscape seems impossible. I myself am doing O.K., but my concern is for the artists coming up: How will they make a life in music?

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Perhaps the biggest problem artists face today is that lack of transparency.

David Byrne discusses the opaque nature of how streaming music income is distributed.

Source: Open the Music Industry’s Black Box – The New York Times

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