Here's the latest & hottest & absolutely stunning terrific update on all2gethernow: None other than Amanda Palmer, legend of DIY marketing comparable only to Trent Reznor, is coming to all2gethernow. We are in an absolute frenzy she's willing to do a Q&A session as well as a one-off gig. A kind of impromptu one. True AFP style.
It's been surely bizarre: Imagine the almost naked architecture of an industrial building's hall from 75 years ago, and a vaudeville figurine in lingerie playing her ukulele right below the ceiling up on an open stair. With a quiet yet growing voice she started. No mic at all. Not that she was in need of one: "I'm a creep... I'm a weirdo..."
The number of exhibitors was said to be low. Due to online piracy. This is what Dieter Gorny, CEO of German Body of Music Industry (BVMI) told the public when Popkomm (founded by Gorny), Germany's most important and one of Europe's largest music business conferences was cancelled on 19 June. Then, Jana Herwig blogged from Vienna: "Can't you do anything about it and make it happen yourself, bottom-up style? #unkomm".
Dear all, holding the role of the curator of Forum I (“Collection Societies & Rights Management”), on behalf of all2gethernow e.V., I’d sincerely like to invite you to take part in our press conference in Berlin on 1st Sept. respectively alert you to Berlin’s upcoming all2gethernow - a new music and culture convention.
The Pirates’ Good Deeds – Tomorrow’s markets: How the Internet is shifting powers between artists and companies. [by Kolja Reichert]
The New York Times’ online archive holds the oldest message in regards to the topic of piracy in music industry. It originates from 13 June 1897, the founding time of music industry. „Canadian Pirates“ mailed counterfeit records across the border and sold them for a tenth of its real price. The industry bewailed a 50% loss in turnover demanding the postal sevice to filter items out.
Reznor's point is straight forward and easy to understand. Bottom line is, master music & online tools, work hard, deliver something good - and sell something unique other than music. Because you can't rely on selling (recorded) music in itself. Music is ubiquitous. And it's free. Cash is about extras.
This whole GEMA (Germany's collections society) apparatus of rules, conditions and rates really is complex. If I get anything wrong - be it either to GEMA's advantage or disadvantage - please tell me and I'm going update my article. Email me or simply post a reply below. I gladly will stand corrected. I don't know what it looks like with ASCAP et al. - I can't imagine it to be worse than here.