The music industry has changed so much in recent years. About ten years ago it was so different then what it was today, there was a lot more money flowing to the big money makers, but there was also a lot less exposure for the independent musician. The scene has taken change in both positive ways and negative ways, but no one is really sure of where it will go next.
In all honest, there is one major factor that has made all these changes to the music scene, and that in the internet. This has given musicians the chance to get their self heard a lot more, but has also meant that fans now has free access to illegal downloads of these musicians (Illegal because instead of buying them they just download them for free).
Many people have tried to prevent MP3 downloads from happening, but largely without success. From what I’ve seen, it’s probably a better idea to actually embrace the whole downloading culture and incorporate it as part of your money making strategy. Being up tight about giving out at least some of your music for free is a waste of energy, people are going to share it whether you say it’s allowed or not.
A good thing that’s come over recent years though is the amount of independent musicians making music. No longer do people have to wait to be signed to a major record label and let the label do all the business side of things, musicians have got off their behinds are are actually pushing and promoting their own music on their own. With good independent music advice going around, musicians are at a powerful place right now, and things don’t seem like they’re going to change in that respect.
In all honesty I’m not sure where the music scene is heading next, but I can’t wait to find out!