The economy that underpins the cultural industries have not kept pace with the technologies support creative arts. You can create films, music, songs, and other work of art with little more than a smartphone and a computer. And you can publish your creative content on YouTube, Facebook and other platforms without spending a dime.
But if you want to make a living as an artist, you’ll have to overcome many obstacles.
Music streaming is commanding ever larger portions of music industry profits, opening up avenues to the undiscovered and the underappreciated but a recent report by a prolific songwriter is highlighting the fact that the industry is leaving some people behind.
Sound Royalties says it has identified $14 million in undistributed royalties owed to over 300 artists and entertainers, including big names such as Mariah Carey, Pharrell Williams, Randy Jackson and Joe Perry.