45% Fewer Professional Working Musicians Since 2002

The numbers are simple and staggering. The internet has not empowered musicians, it has exploited them.

-45% fewer working musicians-2

Of course there will always be people to nit pick the numbers, to argue and quibble about the Bureau Of Labor Statistics (BLS) methodology. It may be impossible to estimate the exact effect of unethical internet exploitation, but the trend is definite.

Those who debate the exact numbers are using that to delay action. Their job is similar to the commentators and ‘scientists’ funded by oil companies’ to deny global warming or say it needs “more study.”

The Bureau Of Labor Statistics is an agnostic government agency, not the RIAA.

It is also important to note that these cuts are made from the bottom up, not the top down. It is the struggling and middle class musician that gets hurt first. The difference between “making a living, making music” or not is represented in these numbers.

We should also like to point out that while musicians are making less money, those in Silicon Valley are making more money. Jaron Lanier says that “the internet destroyed the middle class” and we can see for ourselves that through the systematic process of removing the cost of labor from their offerings the elite few, are making more money, while everyone else is doing more of the work.

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  4. That analysis is nonsense! The fact is that there are fewer professional musicians, making less, but these conclusions are wrong! It has everything to do with the ever widening diversity: more people taking an increasingly smaller piece of the pie, not less money being made overall. Combine that with the fact that people don’t want live music as much anymore, because of other forms of entertainment they prefer, and you get what we have!

    The final piece of the puzzle is that many, many big pop acts these days don’t need good musicians; most if not all the music is running on tracks and they just need a couple of young, good-looking people to pretend that they’re playing.

    To blame the internet is just ludicrous…..

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