Robert Sillerman’s SFX

The recent and sudden collapse of SFX is a sobering lesson for the live music market. The business has many intermediaries and is perforce regional…

Long Live EDM

The electronic music industry has grown up. Attendances at Electronic Dance Music festivals in the United States exploded between 2007 and 2014, going from 145,000…

The Case For SoundCloud

SoundCloud’s mission has been to offer a free-to-register music platform with little or no advertising. It has gained a reputation since its foundation in 2007…

Music Products, 2015

Americans spend $21 per capita on music products, about as much as they spend today on recorded music. The figure exceeds concert grosses per head…

2014: Year in Review

Records and live performances define the state of the music market. 2014 was special for two things: a consumer preference for accessing a recording with…

Reporting on SoundCloud

In the years since the rise and subsequent fall of Napster, the distribution of recorded music has, for better or worse, become primarily about maximizing…

The Economics of EDM

The EDM industry has exploded into a lucrative business platform. Attendance at the top twenty global festivals jumped from 1.9 million in 2009 to over…

Money, Music, and Molly

The business of electronic dance music is undoubtedly booming. Worth globally $4.5 billion1, large-scale electronic dance music festivals often exemplify the industry’s increasing success. Dayglow,…

The Copyleft Tradition

In past years, music has firmly established itself as a free good in the minds of many consumers, making it increasingly difficult to monetize and…

Billboard Touring 2012

The touring industry’s top minds gathered at New York City’s Roosevelt Hotel in November for the Billboard Touring Conference and Awards. Over two days, panels…

The Rise of EDM

Electronic Dance Music (EDM) is surging to the forefront of mainstream tastes. If you have turned on the radio, watched TV, or attended a music…