Berklee’s Open Music Initiative

In early June Berklee announced the beginning of the Open Music Initiative (OMI), a collaboration between the Berklee Institute of Creative Entrepreneurship, the M.I.T. Media…

Crowding Out Live Music

In a recent study of New York, Fabian Holt describes how many small live music venues have come under threat as the market changes and…

Insecurity and Live Music

Last November, a three-month state of emergency was declared in France after a series of attacks in Paris and Saint-Denis. One of the attacks occurred…

Back and Forth in China

China, the second largest economy in the world, should be a beacon for the future of the music industry. Communism has given way to a…

Keeping Track of Music Festivals

Summertime is the time of year to unwind under a 95-degree sun. For music fans especially, summertime is about enjoying music festivals. The nostalgia for…

The Drama of Artist Payments

In recent times, artists/songwriters, who once made their living recording and writing songs, have been severely affected by the slump in royalty revenue coming from…

Gross Margin Blues

There has been a lot of excitement around streaming lately. At the end of last year, Apple launched their own service that amassed over ten…

The Life of Prince

Elvis Presley had the Pompadour, James Brown had the cape, and John Lennon had circular-rimmed sunglasses. Prince Rogers Nelson wore the color purple. Every iconic…

Beyoncé’s Makeover

In Lemonade, her new and celebrated hour-long visual album that was released without prior publicity or promotion, Beyoncé makes a departure. The storyline is personal,…

Christian Music

Modern Christian music, i.e. contemporary Christian, Gospel, Worship, and Christian Rock, may be an afterthought for some analysts and secular consumers in North America. This…

Rana June, Technologist

Rana June, aka the iPad DJ, has performed at The White House Correspondents’ Dinner, Apple’s WWDC, TED, and The X Prize Foundation. Her experience in…

The Fall of American Idol

Last year American Idol experienced its lowest viewership since the show began, down to eight million from a peak of thirty-eight million fourteen seasons before.…

The Non-Profit Dance

Coverage of music industry news tends to follow, as this Journal does, the for profit sector. Corporate market leaders, like Apple, Spotify, and Live Nation,…

Kesha’s Quagmire

The recent Kesha-Sony lawsuit has struck a nerve across the music industry by highlighting personal abuse and issues of gender inequality. It has also raised…