Digital downloads. On-demand streaming. Webcasting. Fan funding. New music platforms and technological developments have simultaneously disrupted conventional music business models and expanded the number of ways that musicians can generate income from their compositions, sound recordings, performances or brand. In this presentation, Future of Music Coalition's Kristin Thomson will discuss the pros and cons of these changes for musicians and songwriters, the complicated ways that money flows back to creators, and some strategies that musicians are using to generate revenue from their creative work.
About Our Speaker:
Kristin Thomson is a consultant for the national nonprofit Future of Music Coalition, which advocates for musicians. She co-directs FMC’s Artist Revenue Streams research project, which is examining changes in musicians’ sources of income. She is also co-owner of Simple Machines, an independent record label, which released over seventy records and CDs from 1991-1998. She played guitar in the band Tsunami, which released four albums from[masked] and toured extensively. She currently lives near Philadelphia with her husband Bryan Dilworth, a concert promoter, and their son, where she also plays guitar in the lady-powered band, Ken.