What is the best way to support musicians? 

Nov 18, 2022
Buying tickets to live shows is one. Collecting their merch is another. But what they need most is systemic change, union organizers say.
Going to a live show is one of the best ways to support artists. But amid the pandemic, even going on tour has become economically unfeasible for some.
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YouTube's automated copyright tool riles up musicians

Nov 4, 2022
Content ID determines when content is copyrighted and can divert payments to the rights holder. But few artists have access to the tool.
YouTube limits access to its copyright tool, Content ID, to about 9,000 movie studios, record labels and publishers.
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Live shows are back. But the economics behind them aren't great.

Oct 28, 2022
Many musicians rely on touring for revenue. But they are facing inflation, supply chain problems and a lot of competition.
L7 performs in Los Angeles in January 2020. This year, the band is selling a pre-show experience to defray costs of the tour.
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Iowa concert venue operator persisted through pandemic with help of SBA and other allies

Feb 16, 2022
Tobi Parks' xBk was open only six months before the pandemic hit. A federal grant helped it weather COVID.
"I never considered shutting it down," said Tobi Parks of xBk. "And, you know, I was always confident and had the support of .... the team of allies."
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Live music is coming back, but shows will look different

Apr 26, 2021
Limited audience capacity and higher ticket prices are some of the changes concertgoers can expect this summer.
Bad Bunny on stage in Los Angeles in 2018. Presale ticket purchases for his 2022 tour set a record on Ticketmaster.
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Apple is investing in a company that lets musicians own their work

Mar 31, 2021
UnitedMasters helps artists distribute music, but it is unclear if this type of alternative model will further disrupt the major record label system.
Taylor Swift is one notable example of an artist at odds with a major record label over the rights to their own music.
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Can streaming do better by musicians? SoundCloud says it's willing to try.

Mar 15, 2021
The pandemic has left musicians more dependent than ever on streaming revenue, but that can be a fraction of a penny per listen.
Bad Bunny, whose music was streamed billions of times in 2020, performs during last year's Spotify Awards in Mexico City.
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How independent musicians are planning for 2021

Dec 9, 2020
“I think most musicians are still looking at calendars that don’t have too much ink on them,” says the musician known as Dessa.
With some independent music venues unlikely to reopen, musicians could face tight competition for stage space once the pandemic ends. Above, The Satellite in Los Angeles in April.
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Musicians adapt with live tours still canceled

Oct 21, 2020
The bars where lots of bands played have limited capacity, if they’re open at all.
A still from René Kladzyk's music video for her song "True Romantic," released in August.
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Musicians are figuring out what concerts look like during the pandemic

Apr 27, 2020
The industry was set to make more from touring than record sales.
The Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles remains closed due to the coronavirus.
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