Because We Are Living In A Digital World: Music + Tech Special

A broad sampling of companies and services that can help songwriters navigate an ever-changing digital world.

[caption id="attachment_202246" align="aligncenter" width="920"] Illustration by Courtney Spencer[/caption] It’s a strange time to be a musician. While the broader landscape of the music industry is still in the midst of a major tectonic shift, technology and the Internet have made it easier than ever for burgeoning musicians to forge their own paths. In 2018, Billboard will adjust its methods of calculating charts to give greater weight to paid subscription streams, hammering yet another nail into the coffin of both physical music and traditional digital downloads; at the same time, this brave new world of streaming has also created myriad new avenues for musicians to share their music with potential fans. At press time, debates over whether the FCC will repeal Obama-era guidelines on net neutrality are raging online and in Congress. Bidding farewell to net neutrality protections could have massively adverse ramifications for independent artists, as major companies (and their artist rosters) could purchase “premium prioritization.” So what’s a musician to do? While there’s no one set path to musical success, an increasingly effective method for building a music career tailored for today’s environment is to go the DIY route. A two-edged sword, this new iteration of the music industry…

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