With eight million creators on Spotify and 60,000 tracks uploaded to the streaming platforms every single day, the community of music-makers releasing music to the world goes far beyond the traditional music industry.
How can we best organise this community of music-makers? Releasing music online is now clearly part of being a hobbyist music-maker – but what does that mean and how does it work? How many of those hobbyist music-makers are generating income from their music-making? How many aspire to turn their passion into a part-time or full-time career? And how many have already done so?
Plus what is the role of music education in helping early-career music-makers navigate this world? And what is the music industry’s relationship with the ever-growing community of hobbyist and grassroots creators who account for an ever bigger slice of the music catalogue?
Expanding on the work of CMU’s Pathways Into Music Foundation – which has been mapping the careers of music-makers – we explore and dissect the music-maker community – and look at what music education and the music industry can learn from that process.
And crucially – how can music educators and the music industry better support the wider music-maker community.
Chris Cooke and Phil Nelson from CMU and the Pathways Into Music Foundation share insights from their latest research work, and then debate their findings with…
Dr Hayleigh Bosher – Senior Lecturer In Intellectual Property Law, Brunel University
Lucie Caswell – Chief Policy, Rights + Public Affairs Officer, Music Publishers Association
Paul Bonham – Accelerator Programme Manager, MMF
Will Page – former Chief Economist of Spotify and PRS for Music