Here's a question nobody ever asks

Here on New Music Strategies, I’ve been posting the sort of questions I often get asked at seminars, conferences, lectures, and public events, and putting forward the answers I usually give. And then you come in with your perspectives on both the questions and...

Jamendo

Jamendo is a site on which artists can give their music away to audiences for free, under a Creative Commons licence (which can, of course, include prohibitions against people using that music in a commercial context elsewhere). Fans can make a donation if they wish,...

Cliff Bolling is a hero

The Wired Blog points to the Herculean effort of one Cliff Bolling who has been digitising his collection of 78s and uploading them for the world to listen. The thousands of files are at 128kbps (though Cliff has been saving the source WAV files to DVD) and the ID3...

Record Industry Innovation Prize

I just posted the seed of an idea in Music Think Tank, and I’d be really interested to hear what you think about it. Head on over and have a read. Essentially, the idea is that the Record Industry should offer a cash prize to the most innovative and successful...

Scaring students conscious

The NYT reports on an unintended consequence of the filesharing lawsuits brought by the RIAA against students: political activism. In this article from the New York Times (may require free registration), the group ‘Students for Free Culture’ is introduced...

Music Tank do standup comedy

It’s often scary when an industry education-focused organisation starts to simply spout the corporate PR. But it can be funny too. I receive emails from the Music Tank people, and I occasionally go to their seminars. So naturally, I also get their mailouts. They...