Archive for February, 2011

Golden Stream Award

Monday, February 28th, 2011

Mannekin Pis

Photo by Kim Davies — Creative Commons License Some Rights Reserved

Hollywood’s Oscar winners have their golden statues awards. Now, a festival is about to win a golden stream award.

At KadmusArts, we connect festival producers and promoters, artists and bands, audiences and fans. In so doing, we not only get to be part of great live events, we also get to monitor trends, markets and new initiatives.

Here’s the best idea of the week. A music festival is hoping to solve an old age problem: When you have to go, where should you go?

The always fantastic Roskilde Festival is holding a “Piss-Off Seminar” to spark a crowd source solution to a common festival problem. With so many gathered at outdoor festivals, one often uses the nearest post rather than waiting in line for the farthest bowl. No matter how well organized, festival goers will always find ways to go on their own. (As evidence, check out the video.) The seminar is designed to solicit the best ideas for getting people to use toilets. Who can miss?

Yet, again, Roskilde is leading the way forward. Roskilde has been at the forefront of festival producing and creative thinking for forty years. This year, 75,000 festival goers will gather in Denmark for eight days to see 150 bands perform on six stages. All of the festival’s profits go to humanitarian aid and cultural development. The 25,000 volunteers who make the festival happen are also part of a green movement commitment.

What better way to solve a festival problem than with fun, creativity and a coming-together.

So, congratulations to all the Academy Award winners. And, now on to the Golden Stream Awards.

- Bill Reichblum

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Want to Make Money in the Music Business? Go Live. Again.

Monday, February 21st, 2011

Radiohead

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If music be the food of love, who’s buying?

This past week, Radiohead launched a new business model for the music biz with the Newspaper Album. Recently, N-Dubz was featured in the news for using gaming as their cash generator. Every one in the music industry is listening for the trends and looking at the numbers.

For most of music history, companies and artists made money from live performances and the sale of sheet music. Technology brought a revolution to the music revenue model when recorded music became easier to make, distribute and sell.

As posted in his blog, The Understatement and in the Business Insider, Michael DeGusta pulled together some of the key facts and figures on the music industry’s recording business from 1973 through 2009. His charts show an industry in decline. Finding profits in recorded music is no longer a viable and sustainable business model.

What are the keys? Using sales figures from 1973 through 2009, the music industry has come down 64% from its peak, and down 45% overall from 1973.

CD sales provided only a short term flurry of revenue. (Remember, too, that the profit margins on cds were significantly higher than they were from the production costs associated with vinyl.)

In 1999, Americans spent on average three times more on recorded music then they do today.

While everyone seems to be downloading singles today, these sales are nowhere near enough to make up for the industry’s losses in other areas. The industry’s business model was designed around selling albums, and still is. However, fewer and fewer of us are buying albums. We now average about one per year.

Here’s the good news. Since 2006 when we began to track festivals and their audiences, the number of festivals and audiences continue to increase. The festival business continues to grow not just in music, but across all sectors of live events.

The growth in the music business is in the live event. Festivals appear to be at the forefront of creating bang-for-the-buck experiences and creating different approaches to mixing new artists with the tried-and-true. As festivals continue to grow, it may be the one area where the music industry and the artists can see a return on their investment and reach new audiences.

The music industry isn’t dead. It’s going live. Again.

- Bill Reichblum

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Playlist Egypt

Monday, February 14th, 2011

What’s a party without great music?

For over five thousand years, Egyptian music has been at the center of the country’s traditions, politics, celebrations, and hopes for the future.

KadmusArts’ own playlist maestro, Ruben, has put together a sample of the diversity of Egyptian music from Coptic and Sufi religious chants, to the country’s own kind of jazz, classical and street pop.

Here is your very own Egyptian playlist, “A Song For (and by) Egypt”:

Gamal Abdel-Rahim — Improvisation on a Peddler’s Tune

Sheikh Ahmed Al Tuni — Dhikr

Rageh Daoud — Concert Passacaglia

Amr Diab — Ba’dem Alby

Mikhail Girgis El Batanouny — Rejoice O Mary

Mahmoud Fadl — Aament Bellah

Hakim — As-Salamu Alaykum

Ali Hasan Kuban — Sukkar, Sukkar, Sukkar

Les Musiciens du Nil — Love Is As Vast As A River

Salah Ragab and The Cairo Jazz Band — Egypt Strut

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