This is an interesting one not just for musicians but also for anyone within the music industry. It has been evident for many years now that how the industry currently runs needs to change and the standard route for a band of just “get a record deal” is more or less defunct. Record deals still exist of course, they always will in some form but the difference for most musicians is that we don’t need a record deal to make a living from being a creative artist.
This panel from South by Southwest Festival in Texas is entitled ‘Where to? A sat nav for the music business.’ The debate looks at what a recording contract will look like in 10 years’ time, will artists still need managers and will piracy still be throttling the industry. It also looked into what roles crowd-funding and direct-to-fan selling have as the way forward for artists in the future.
You can listen to the whole debate below and I highly recommend giving it a listen while you have a cuppa. Amongst the big topics listed above are other points like if fans are not willing to pay for music will there be less music made? Has the value of recorded music dropped drastically? I’d like to know if any of these points relate to you as an artist and what your experiences have been. Do you agree with the points made?
There are many more music panels from SXSW 2013 that are available to listen to. I really recommend taking the time to have a look through and listen to any that stand out to you. Let me know which ones you found the most helpful.
SXSW Music Panels 2013