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Lizanne Hennessey

Singer Songwriter & Vocal Coach, Lizanne Hennessey - Voice Coach

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Should Music be Free?

We live in a digital age where music is easily accessible, which is a great thing.
We also live in a digital age where it is socially accepted to steal music.
It makes sense to pay a buck for a cup of pre-fab coffee, but not for a piece of music.

Why?

Behind a piece of music is expertise, investment, skill and professionalism.
You wouldn't ask a contractor to build your house for free, just because he 'likes his job', would you?

Example.
If everyone who contributes to this discussion were to buy my album (let me stress - this is by no means a request to do so!!!), I would have enough money to buy groceries this month. The royalties we earned on selling our music made it possible to buy our house.

Who benefits from free music?

I'm curious, from the point of view of the 'starving musician', what your thoughts are!

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  • May 12 2013: The problem isn't whether music should be free. The question is why should a starving musician expect anyone to pay for bad music?
    • May 13 2013: That is an excellent point, Jahfre!

      I think there are a couple parts to this:

      1. Recording technology has become affordable and accessible - you don't have to be signed to a label to release your own music! Which is a great thing, but it also means, that unskilled technicians are releasing music that is not 'up to par'. Record engineering is a skill like any other. So I agree with you, starving or not, that it would be asking a lot to ask people to pay for a poorly made product.

      2. Taste plays a role in this too. What you call 'bad music' might be awesome to me. Of course, no one can be expected to pay for something they simply don't like.

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