TRAILER: Who Killed (Or Saved) The Music Industry?

Check out the trailer for what promises to be an awesome documentary on the new music business. Below is some more info on the film.

The music industry has changed significantly during the last 20 years. In the early 1990s, the sales of records and number of fans attending concerts were at an all time high. Everyone from the major label executives to the roadies were enjoying the success. Today, with the explosion of the Internet, online social platforms and ever evolving digital technologies, there are new communication, production and distribution channels for music. These factors have reconfigured the possibilities for everyone involved.

Many have seen dramatic revenue loss, and lucrative careers diminish or disappear altogether. Some blame technology, some blame consumers, still others blame the record companies. Conversely, many people are profiting in ways they couldn’t have conceived of decades ago, and others are just starting their careers while looking forward to the future.

The tentatively titled is a documentary that explores the history, current landscape, and future of the music business. Highlighting many viewpoints, the film will feature candid interviews with musicians and industry professionals from around the world including artists, songwriters, producers, lawyers, agents, managers, consumer brands and others.

Directed by Ryan Phillips and Adam Russell of the rock band Story Of The Year, and produced by John Oakes of Synergy Global Entertainment, the film seeks to explore and find answers to many questions:

- How have cheap and ubiquitous technologies changed the way we create and experience music?
- What are the real world effects of illegal file sharing?
- How has the rise of the network culture in the information age changed the landscape of the music industry?
- Is it still possible to make a good living as a part of the music industry?
- Is this the end of an era and a golden opportunity for the music business to reinvent itself and thrive again?

To learn more about the movie go here. I can’t wait to see this!

Jesse Cannon is the editor of Musformation. He produces records at his studio Cannon Found Soundation. Follow him on Twitter at @JesseCannonMusF. For more info please visit his website.

  • GIddeo

    It blows my mind to hear anyone say that this is a golden time for music. I turn on the TV or the Radio and I am not hearing “True Art” I am hearing more preprocessed rubbish then at any other time in history and I sort of feel it’s just going to get more commercial as time goes on because record labels simply can not risk putting out alternative music into that sort of market

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      Giddeo what I would suggest is instead of turning on the TV or radio use the outlets that excite us all. HypeMachine, Pandora and Earbits are all really exciting services for finding great new music suited to your own personal tastes. The TV and the radio continue to prop up the dull and boring choices of the old gaurd, but it is easier than ever to find greatness, thats what has a lot of us excited.