Some facts about the music industry that ring all too true in our lives.
If you download your music for “free” are you willing to accept that there will be fewer options, fewer bands, fewer choices in the future? Consider how you get your music and how that affects an entire industry.
“Artists can make money on the road (or its variant “Artists are rich”). The average income of a musician that files taxes is something like 35k a year w/o benefits. The vast majority of artists do not make significant money on the road. Until recently, most touring activity was a money losing operation. The idea was the artists would make up the loss through recorded music sales. This has been reversed by the financial logic of file-sharing and streaming. You now tour to support making albums if you are very, very lucky. Otherwise, you pay for making albums out of your own pocket. Only the very top tier of musicians make ANY money on the road. And only the 1% of the 1% makes significant money on the road. (For now.)
Over the last 12 years I’ve watched revenue flowing to artists collapse.
Recorded music revenue is down 64% since 1999.
Per capita spending on music is 47% lower than it was in 1973!!
The number of professional musicians has fallen 25% since 2000.
Of the 75,000 albums released in 2010 only 2,000 sold more than 5,000 copies. Only 1,000 sold more than 10,000 copies. Without going into details, 10,000 albums is about the point where independent artists begin to go into the black on professional album production, marketing and promotion.”
Written by David Lowery
Read his full article/response here:
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This week I was super lucky to have my sister and brother-in-law come to Denver to hang out. We always have a great time with them, and this time was no exception. To make the family time even more fun, my cousin, his wife and 3 kids were also in Colorado and we got to meet up with them for a couple days in Granby. We stayed at a beautiful cabin that had exceptional views of Lake Granby and the mountains. Seriously, the views were priceless. What made the whole trip even better was our daily ATV rides. I’m a huge fan. Thanks to Cindy and her family for sharing their home and toys with us!
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