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A Chance for Artists to Really Learn the “Business” of the “Music Business”

September 18th, 2012 | by Alan Cross

Last month, was part of the faculty for an intensive boot camp where indie bands were schooled on all the things they need to know besides how to make music. You can have all the talent in the world but if you don't know how to run your band, you're screwed. 

Everyone who attended that camp went home smarter, stronger and better prepared whatever a career in music throws at them.

Coalition Music--the company that manages Our Lady Peace, Simple Plan, Finger Eleven and many other world-class acts--runs something called the Artist Entrepreneur Program.  

This is a 10-week course that offers hands-on, up-close-and-personal career and business consultation, coaching and mentoring from their in-house staff.

Look at the stuff they cover in the curriculum:

More Music from the Inbox: 18 September 2012

September 18th, 2012 | by Alan Cross

We got a little backed up last week getting through all the stuff that came through the inbox but we're now caught up.  Feast upon these final reviews by Juliette Jagger.  - AC


Artist: CLYDE,“Call My Name”

Album: Slowburn 

I love a clear-cut sentiment.  I quote: “Call my fuckin' name when you see me.”

Sounds like: Oh so 90’s.


Why Radio Will Fail

September 18th, 2012 | by Alan Cross

Media UK reports on a talk by Scott Cohen, the founder of a music distribution service called The Orchard. He

Where Is Bowie?

September 18th, 2012 | by Alan Cross

Although David Bowie’s work and image remains as influential as ever, we haven’t seen the man himself for quite a

Hey, Things Are Looking UP for Music. Sort Of.

September 18th, 2012 | by Alan Cross

CD sales are cratering. Piracy is rampant.  No one respects copyright.  But, hey, things are looking up.

Huh?  What's that?

It's isn't all bad.  Really.  Paid Content points out at least four things that seem to be working out for the music industry.  Lemme see if I can sum things up and maybe punch a few holes in things.


1.  Legal services are catching on.  

Good news:  Very true.  It's been a struggle, but people are getting the hang of legal streaming services and legal download sites.  

Bad news:  We still can't get everything we want.  Ask any Canadian who wants to listen to Pandora or Spotify.  Or wants to watch TV on Hulu.  Or buy MP3s from Whenever the Internet encounters an artificial roadblock, it interprets it as damage and routes around it.  This sort of territorial rights bullshit perpetuates piracy, IP spoofing, tunnelling and all kinds of other things we're not supposed to do.

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