Streaming

Streaming has become a huge force in music, and as Brave New Worlds go, it’s pretty cool. Yet even with the convenience and staggering choice of Spotify, Pandora, etc., these services play a growing role in shaping our national musical diet and taste, and that’s a concern. Discovery of new artists (contemporary or historic), terrain once guided largely by DJs, record stores and press, is becoming the purview of computer algorithms. What does that mean for fans on their Americana/roots journey, and how can they get the most out of the streaming experience?

 

 

After years of inertia and frustration over low royalty rates and out-of-date rules in the streaming era, songwriters are finally hearing promising news out of Washington DC.

Unlike just about anything else on Capitol Hill, the Music Modernization Act has deep support from both parties and virtually all of the stakeholders in digital music, from songwriters and publishers to tech giants. It was introduced in the House in December and in the Senate last month by a bipartisan group, including Tennessee’s Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker.