Musicians Sing for a Cause That’s Their Own | The New York Times

In the latest example, a group of artists including David Byrne, Mike Mills of R.E.M., John McCrea of Cake and the guitarist Marc Ribot are putting on a free concert on Tuesday at Le Poisson Rouge in Greenwich Village to protest the way radio stations pay royalties, and to introduce a new advocacy group, the Content Creators Coalition.

“This is possible now because musicians and artists are fed up,” said Mr. Ribot, who is renowned for his work with musicians including Tom Waits, another coalition member. “It takes a lot to get a musician to go to a meeting, serve on a committee. It’s not what we do; we play music. But the way things are now, many of us feel that our backs are to the wall.”


3 thoughts on “Musicians Sing for a Cause That’s Their Own | The New York Times

  1. I respect music, and I am myself a musician. However, I think the idea that music sharing/piracy is feeding ‘the man’ is a little bit off. In the past, we had record companies acting as loan sharks and then playing with the creative freedoms of the bands and telling them what they can and can’t do. These days, we have a lot of young and interesting musicians suddenly appearing on the scene via myspace, youtube, soundcloud, who share their music and make revenue from shows. It’s a complete reversal back to the roots of the music industry. Who needs a record company to tell you what to do if you can use the Internet to do all that’s needed by yourself? A&R man? Let the Internet decide. Studio technician? Do it yourself! Distribution? Hello iTunes, spotify, sound cloud, et cetera! Yes of course you won’t make a lot of money on the sales of music files, but neither will the big corporations. And instead, you get free advertising to entice people to come to your shows. And let’s be honest, everyone prefers performing live to recording. I can already see more venues being constructed in the next few years.

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