Young Voices Tackle The Music Business: Takeaways From Amsterdam's Inaugural FastForward Conference
“If you want to know what’s next, be the one to create what’s next.”
These are words of inspiration that we hear often in the entrepreneurship world at large, and seldom within industries whose potential for innovation is held back by decades-old legal and political institutions. Yet, these are also the words that Sammy Andrews, strategic advisor to the music industry and founder of Sabotage New Media, told an international audience of young music professionals last night, during the final panel at the inaugural FastForward Conference in Amsterdam.
“I Can Deduct The Making Of My CD… Right?”
This article explains travel, meal, vehicle, and equipment expenses (for both gigging and studio musicians), and helps you determine whether or not you can deduct them on your tax return.
Manchester Music Hall aims to be something for everyone
BY WALTER TUNIS
Contributing Music Writer - Lexington Herald-Leader
The longer the former home of Buster’s Billiards and Backroom remained vacant on Manchester St., the more Kaelyn Query began formulating ideas about what she would do with the space if given the opportunity.
As founder and president of LexEffect, a Lexington-based events management company, she has overseen public and private happenings around the country, including the locally produced Moontower Festival. But staging events in a set, permanent venue offered an entirely new set of possibilities.
“It was weird, because one day I had jokingly said, ‘I wish someone would buy the Buster’s space because I have all these things I want to do there,’” Query says. “At 5 o’clock that day, I got a message.”
What It Takes to Build a Successful Music City
A Trumpet in Every Pot
The future of live music has arrived (according to Pandora)
Bluegrass Music Degree to be Offered
This is your brain on a piano
Of Levees, Lagniappe and Lexington
The New Making It
We pay attention to creative megastars because they are, well, mega. But they are also often the exception to the new rules of creative revenue, which have more to do with keeping up a diverse and constant hustle and finding an audience — and paying checks — in unexpected places.
From the NYTimes, here are six artists in the Los Angeles area who are cobbling together livelihoods that would have been impossible 15 years ago.
Pitchfork Reviews Ancient Warfare
The band name and album title for Ancient Warfare's The Pale Horse suggests metal—something blackened, possibly from somewhere Scandinavian. But the band turns out to be a quartet based in Lexington, Ky. that trades in cinematic Americana. Focused around the songwriting, singing, and guitar playing of Echo Wilcox, Ancient Warfare take a well-worn form and invest it with some of the mystery of its best practitioners. More on Pitchfork.com.
Of Love, Englishmen and a fellow named Friend
David Byrne on Spotify, YouTube and the Music Industry's "Black Box"
THIS should be the greatest time for music in history — more of it is being found, made, distributed and listened to than ever before. That people are willing to pay for digital streaming is good news. In Sweden, where it was founded, Spotify saved a record industry that piracy had gutted.
Everyone should be celebrating — but many of us who create, perform and record music are not. Read on...
Emerging Bands Showcased
The Shameless Nameless
Paranormal Pajama Party
Other entertainment includes live slam poets, face painting and henna body art. Local food trucks will also be on-site providing food and beverage.
Busters Sold - New Venue In Works
The former Buster's music venue on Manchester Street has sold for $1.01 million to a trio of Pikeville businessmen who plan to keep it as an entertainment venue.
"Sessions" Highlights Music+Film Collab
He Writes, They Play: The Wags
Most music lovers have had this problem: You can't get a song out of your head. But what if the songs happen to be ones you came up with?
Answer: You get some musically gifted people and make it happen.
Essentially, that's what the Lexington band The Wags is.
Austin Music Scene "At Tipping Point"
A first-of-its-kind survey of Austin’s music industry points to emerging fault lines that threaten the city’s status as “Live Music Capital of the World.”
According to the 233-page, city-commissioned survey of nearly 4,000 people who live in Austin and work in the music industry, the biggest problem facing musicians and music venue owners is affording to live and do business in a city that is increasingly becoming unaffordable to the creative class.
Here's the full story from the Austin American~Statesman
More on the study from Texas Monthly
He's b-a-c-k...BoB, that is
The Death of the Artist, the Birth of the Creative Entrepreneur
Hard-working artisan, solitary genius, credentialed professional—the image of the artist has changed radically over the centuries. What if the latest model to emerge means the end of art as we have known it? William Deresciewicz explores the question in The Atlantic.
Aloft Hotel to Host Local Music
Sales of Streaming Music Top CDs
Inspiration from 70-miles to our west
D.C. Venue Moves to Earlier Hours
Take our survey on Lexington music venue start times.