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Stephen Covell


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Is this the best time in history to be a musician?

We live in a time when the opportunity to share and interact with musicians around the world has never been easier. The old model of distribution is fading away and people who enjoy music can pick and choose to their hearts content without anyone telling them whats hot right now.

On the other hand, making a living as a musician has in some ways become more difficult. Many of this generations consumers expect pretty much everything to be free and there's more competition than ever to capture their attention.

The opportunities for creativity are only as limited as today's musician's imaginations, but has the loss of monetary value of music as a commodity created an environment that discourages artists from making music their main focus?


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    Sep 19 2011: Well a true musician wouldn't see or care for all this. He just loves his music and ultimately will be recognized even if he is hiding.

    Making a living as a musician may mean lot of work other than perfecting in music itself. Yes the focus from music is lost but then a real musician would want to give more of his best and doesn't mind getting paid just enough for himself. Its not only in music industry but in every other field too that a person who sticks with 'dedication' and 'patience' will ultimately make it to his dreams. So let the primary concerns be only about 'music' and nothing else. :)

    This is a good time indeed to be a musician but i dont think there will be a time when people will stop feeling pain, love, happiness ... so i dont think there will be a time when there will be no need for a good musician.

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