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In this past week as a #musician, I've found that a great deal of the music industry is like book publishing – an industry I know intimately well.
The arguments for label vs indie are the same as publisher vs indie. The challenges and opportunities for indie artists are almost identical to those for indie authors. And the average income isn't too far off either. In both creative landscapes, only the ones that get big (like sold out stadium concerts big) are making great money.
Most are doing this on the side.
Most still have their day job.
All of this tends to validate my 19 year old choices. I told myself then that I couldn't be a composer full time, and so if I wanted to provide for my passion I needed another income avenue. The problem being that I didn't continue to play, compose or perform. So, what is it really my passion?
I'm not going to lie, I'm still not sure.
What I do know is that exploring music further is something I can (and want) do #ontheside. In evenings and on weekends, just like the other 90% of musicians out there.
But for #pigpilots, it's on to the next #pilotidea

tl;dr I'm about 75% sure I made the right decision 10 years ago. Now, for the next one.

Author Bree Weber Published 1/29/2018, 10:21:38 AM Permalink

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Just like every other industry that's been "disrupted" #music has been democratized. It is easier than it's ever been to play, record, collaborate, and release music. Hooray for technology! 🎊
That also means, however, that there is even more #competition. I anticipated music to be a bit like #bookpublishing, and all the challenges I encountered there, and it is!
There seems to be a few major trends in music to make money:
  • merchandise everything
  • teach music lessons
  • crowdfund an album
  • ongoing donations/patronage
  • write/play/produce for other people/companies
All in all, it's still a freelancing gig. πŸ’ͺ

tl;dr With so much change in the music industry, so little has changed

Author Bree Weber Published 1/25/2018, 10:06:19 PM Permalink

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