Instead of buying a car or refrigerator on Veterans Day how's about getting something made by a Veteran!
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Thursday, October 29, 2015
So the cat is out of the bag! And, the music press finally decided to report that a 4th Major (Sony, Universal, WEA + BMG) entertainment company that has re-emerged (unreported in press for last year) and some how setup a distribution network. Proceeded to sign some of the biggest names in US Music, including this week's artists with the number 1 record in the USA, Janet Jackson.
Here's a billion dollar question. Is there any branch of the US Government including the Executive that supports our own Culture? Sure awards are nice trinkets, Exports are where's it's at right and the US exported -397% music last year.
And! lest you think we're on it this year. We'll go out on a limb and say that not one of Janet's records are presently being exported out of the USA. Now when you hear her or the sales totals ~ this phrase needs to be the next thing you think about --
We're Entertaining our Economy to Death.
There's no links because everyone has to start thinking, searching and making this something that you care about ~ if US Made Culture and Music is your bag.
Sunday, September 6, 2015
Having been part of the Compensate Creators movement since 2010 it really started to stick in our craw to notice that no matter how hard or organized the artists bands and labels were the Majors still keep making billions of dollars and the tech companies are minting millionaires if not billionaires. Meanwhile the artists at every turn are losing ground, compensation and the war.
Sure they offered Tidal as penitence of a artists owned outlet. However; let's be clear Tidal is only one channel out of thousands; Moreover! Those artists that were staged as part of the ownership all have Major contracts. And, there is no way that some Tidal-come -lately is going to pop out releases by major artists and not be doing so with the expressed consent of their Major masters.
Lost in all of this is that billions if not trillions of dollars are being made and projected well into the future and where in all of this does the creators get even thousands let alone pennies.
Well the answers is coming and it's called AVOZ.co which is just forming by wrapping a public company (OTC-MXMI) into the operations and then (GASP) offer restricted shares to successful partners and employees.
Announcement coming Labor Day, get it, labor gets to be part of the capitalization of entertainment for once and make it right for everyone. Win Win.
Monday, July 13, 2015
Monday, July 6, 2015
By a decree from International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPA) our entire nation just adjusted the music release day without even needing a Treaty, President Decree or Act of Congress and wholesales, stores and even consumer behavior be damed. NewMusicFriday.org
Moreover, since the US music biz sales tracking period currently runs Monday through Sunday having something come out at the end of that period is going to be a shorted unless the industry adopt a new tracking schedule which as of this time there's been no announcement of one.
After bit of searching we came upon this NPR blog about the reason why Tuesday's had been picked in the 1st place.
"And it happens on Tuesday in the U.S. only — in the U.K. and France release dates are Mondays, in Germany it's Friday"..... and "One explanation is Billboard magazine, which publishes its charts on Wednesdays. If you release an album on a Tuesday, then you get the maximum seven days of sales counted toward your total (including a full weekend) NPR
Now the thing about these music chart is that they evolved from Billboards original 1930 talies of juke box music played covering these genre Pop, Rhythm & Blues, and Country & Western and was published until June 17, 1957.
The charts that we know today evolved after that 1st as Hit Parade in January 4, 1936 and then like today the motive seems to be to help the publisher of the hits to sell the sheet music since the credits only listed the compositions, not a list of records made from them, which were often many hence the term cover.
And, back then as today, the larger companies that have fingers in all of the pies in the music business are training their competition to adopt strategies that help the Majors and hurt the independent where it really hurts in physical sales. As it was noted in the NPR post, Tues where picked because it gave the distributors and stores time to react to a new record that wasn't anticipated with weekend supplies.
Under this new strategy putting a new record with unknown potential into the marketplace will surely hurt the small independent stores, artists, bands and labels since none of them have the capacity to overnight more music into stores over the weekend. As well if fans can't find it in the stores they will turn to online stores or maybe even back to pirate sites for the most popular music.
We're not sure if the Majors can make a go of this either however it's going to become very interesting for a release that does blow up -- only to blow over -- because there's no inventory in the stores when the demand is peaking.
Now, just when it seems that the Majors are winning a small yet powerful sign has emerged.
That's right on Tuesday in the USA only Vinyl, and the details of this are merky since it wasn't developed by the artists or distributors it was done by trade groups and advocates and is totally counter to the New Music Friday movement that is being foisted upon US Made Music and totally applauded by us.
However, this is literally screaming divide and conquer/ tower of babble or just the US entertaining it's economy to death because we fail to support our own industry which a cohesive and global US Made Music strategy and all of this will need to be monitor and discussed to see how it works for us the Independents.
PS please visit the MUSICACT.org to read how your local music makers can get a million dollars to make US Made Music.
Thursday, July 2, 2015
Saturday, April 11, 2015
There's so called artists owned companies and then there's a real ArtistsOwned.co and Altavoz is taking that one step further via Fundme Crowdfunding campaign is about to kick off and
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Since 2015 is being called the Year of the Local it's about time that we started to look at the Musicnomics of what does it mean for a city, town of local municipalities, let alone the states and federals that are inchange of Exports. To save you the presentation just keep reading.
When we hear exports it's need to be noted that almost NO CD's stamped with "Made in the USA" leave the shores of America by the Major music companies,
This is what we mean when we say we're entertaining our economy to death.
Lets face it CD's are still around and in fact amount to most of the physical sales of music despite the rise of Vinyl and even Cassettes. (Hey there's a CassetteStoreDay.com how many of you know about RecordStoreDay.com or even VinylRecordDay.com) before it became popluar.
Don't believe us about the CDs go into any Starbucks and look for digital music then go to the Register and when you pay you can pick up a CD. Or visit any country in the world and it becomes very obvious that physical entertainment is still a major part of life.
So that said, if you're the Mayor of one of the USA Music Cities and don't have a plan for exporting your music out of your city onto the world's stage --then you're missing a huge opportunity.
Because overseas people still want to hear what American artists are saying and this mean exports and exports means JOBS and profits to the artists and business that make it happen. This is not a sermon just a export and jobs pitch.
Please visit www.citymusicdeal.com to learn about a very local focused way to get your cities music into this opporunity.
Let's make sure that we Buy Indie and Support Locals in 2015.