I’ve done a lot of work around the web lately, but very little of it is on this blog.
You can find my work at Planetizen where I wrote:
Music is infinite and freely available. So if you’re a small band it’s hard to get someone to take a look.
If you an admission fee for a small band’s concert, you will win that band no new fans. Who is the consumer that pays for live music from a band they’ve never heard of? That person is a chump.
That’s why it’s my solemn goal to play as many free shows as I possibly can with my band The Push Push.
I do not hate money. On the contrary, I love money. I’d be happy to pass the hat at any show. But charging even a nominal fee for a concert is really counterproductive, because it keeps people from coming into the show in the first place. The artist can’t control many of the most important aspects of a concert. How much you enjoy a band has a lot to do with the audience: how familiar are they with material, how do they react to the venue, do they jump up and dance and, importantly, how many other people are attending? Read more