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SXSW 2019

“MusicDetour: Nonprofit Music Distribution

Musicians pour their soul into creating music, but rarely receive payment from its sale. It is time to change the structure of the recording industry to rectify the situation. One way to change the status of musicians would be to encourage nonprofit reproduction, and distribution. Currently, record labels act as gatekeepers that take most (if not all) of the value from musicians. Musicians sign away their rights in record contracts that undermine musicians’ value as labor. Thinking about an alternative requires us to rethink copyright, capitalism, and musicians’ interests. In this presentation, I argue that nonprofit record production will allow for the freedom and autonomy musicians dream of by placing musicians back at the center of music creation.

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  1. The current music distribution system is inequitable to musicians.
  2. Music is an important part of cultural creation, and we can use the Internet to maintain cultural forms.
  3. MusicDetour is an alternative way for artists to be heard.



David Arditi, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Texas at Arlington

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Solo
  • Track: Music Industry & Culture
  • Level: Beginner
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