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Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes:­ How Tech Innovations Have Impacted Musicians' Earnings

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. 

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  • Tom C.

    Very informative. Kristin gave context to the complex, often shadowy world of music licensing and artist payments. The conversation about cover songs, venue licenses and the generic distribution of these payments was enlightening. (And frightening.)

    March 28, 2014

  • Greg P.

    Hmmm... Reverbnation, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, Vine, or Instagram??? Oh right... or songwriting.

    March 27, 2014

  • David C.

    Shoot, I have a schedule conflict.

    March 26, 2014

  • Larry L.

    Two things that I love. I have to go!

    2 · March 21, 2014

  • Nathan A.

    I write about small business owners and artists on my website If you would like to be featured on our site, drop us a line. #SmallBizPhilly

    March 21, 2014

  • David Dylan T.

    Brad, thanks so much! Let me get back to you offline about that.

    March 18, 2014

  • Brad D.

    I'm happy to host at Seed Philly

    1 · March 17, 2014

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