Keynote Speech On The Future Of The Music Business

November 20, 2008

Noticed this over on Burgo’s Blog about the future of the music business.

Ian Rogers gave a keynote speech at the GRAMMY Northwest MusicTech Summit and he was saying it like it is- head over to Topspin to read the entire transcript along with the slides.  Very informative and this is just a tiny excerpt that caught my attention…

Again, there are only two players in the music business that matter at the end of the day: the artists and the fans. The rest of us either add value or get in the way. Don’t get me wrong, over the years labels have added a tremendous amount of value through financing, A&R, marketing, promotion, etc. I’m just saying that every player needs to either understand how it truly adds value or it needs to get out of the way, Topspin included. Our business does not operate on lock-in, ownership of copywritten work, or long-term contracts. We either add value today with a compelling service or we die. And I’m perfectly happy with that.



  1. Thanks for the hat-tip there mate… appreciate you stopping by the post.

    Hopefully the keynote was an eye-opener for a lot of people.

  2. No probs Burgo- had you in the feed reader since I stumbled across you a while back.
    With a lot of the smaller American acts hitting Dublin the future of the music business has been a hot topic. Check out Jim Carrol’s blog (Irish Times) for a good discussion where the White Hinterland gig was used as an example- she even came by to give her own thoughts.

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