The sky has fallen on the record industry. An ever-growing number of brilliant young musicians face little to no prospect of finding support from traditional record labels. At the same time, there is a groundswell of possibility for enterprising artists (as well as amateurs) to have their voices heard through social media — Youtube, Facebook, Google Plus, Pheed, Twitter, and whatever other din-of-the-day comes along to displace last year’s fads. One after another, mega-corporations dance in lockstep to attempt to profit at the expense of musicians who are willing to give away their efforts for the chance to be heard. Even famous artists and orchestras in the classical music world often pay “the suits” to record and distribute their music, all the while competing with mountains of CDs of historical performances lining the shelves of used record stores. Commercial CD stores have become a relic of bygone days, while any junior high school student with a computer and a wifi connection can upload covers by his band to appear alongside the Beatles on Youtube. The noise is deafening — and confusing.
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