2021 will go down as the year of adjustment for live streaming, following a year of exceptional circumstances in 2020. COVID catalysed secular growth but boosted figures higher than the natural level of the market at this early stage. The coming years will be characterised by steady continued growth, with hybrid and ‘pandemic proof’ solutions for venues, such as Live Nation fitting 60+ venues with Veeps capabilities. The live music sector did not experience the dramatic transformation wrought by streaming. Instead, the sector had to wait for the pandemic’s impact and the resultant COVID bounce for live streaming. Expect more investments and more consolidation as this market begins to set itself up for long-term, organic growth.
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Today, many artists around the world are holding demonstrations at Spotify offices to deliver their demands; a penny per stream, increased transparency, an end to lawsuits against artists, and more. unionofmusicians.org/justice-at-spotifyAs many of you know, I have run my own career and label since 1985. During this time, I have witnessed many changes in the music industry. When I first jumped in, cassettes and vinyl were the dominant formats. By 1989 I was starting to reproduce my music on CD. I had been alerted to the coming digital tsunami by an insider at Philips, who was interested in using my music as content for this new format. For reasons I do not recall, it was not an initiative I participated in.Throughout the 80’s and 90’s music was sold in stores and bootlegged on beaches around the world. The bootlegging was one of the origins of music piracy and the digital nature of CD’s made it easier than ever. Once the internet became commonplace, new models of commerce were being explored through companies like Apple, offering downloads which more closely resembled the business model of the physical formats, certainly in terms of what artists were paid — somewhere in the order of 25 cents per song.
Read the whole sorry mess at Source: Is the streaming experiment failing artists? – Loreena McKennitt
The actions outlined here may seem very small in comparison to the power of a corporation like Spotify, whose upcoming IPO is expected to be valued at as much as $19 billion, much less that of the biggest tech company in the world, Apple.
But small movements can read from the stage if you’re in a small venue; small type on the cover of an LP speaks loud and clear if you’re staring at it while you listen to the record. The small gestures we make directly to one another are real. And sharing is a beautiful gesture. It might be the most fundamental gesture behind all music.
So share your money deliberately when you spend it on music, and it will be a real gesture with a real effect. Share the context of your information online, and its content won’t be stripped from you. And share your music—for free. It’s a powerful action, powerful enough that the biggest corporations in the world feel threatened by it. Let them.
read the whole sorry mess at Source: How to Be a Responsible Music Fan in the Age of Streaming | Pitchfork