A Brief History of Artists’ Control of Their Product by Jonathan Segel

Written for The Trichordist!

The Trichordist

by Jonathan Segel
(re-posted by permission, copyright in the author)

I would like to start out by saying that I am writing in a completely subjective voice—this is opinion!— with annotation from other similar voices. This isn’t an academic paper, but I will try to cite others ideas – hoping that I can remember where they came from!

I’m writing here about the current situation that musicians find themselves in with respect to economic and the ability to sustain any sort of career as a musician. There are, of course, numerous ways in which people who are musicians can make money or have a career doing such. The ones that interest me are the type that are based in the creative process of composing or performing one’s own music, including making recordings thereof. I am not so interested presently in discussing the economics of performing other people’s compositions (as classical…

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