The constant musician feedback we've been getting is awesome, thank you!
Here are three observations we'd like to share.
The Significance of Location & Diversity
We go on about this a lot. There are countless examples of ground breaking new musicians in history who have focused on their piece of land to create something profound. It sounds quite obvious but a keen sense of place with music creates something that resonates around the world.
Also, what's great about location is that is gives rise to a more diverse music industry. Honestly, haven't we heard enough music about NYC and LDN!?
Anyway – the great thing about Musomap and World Musician Day is that it brings local musicians together – that doesn't happen often enough!
Lack of Affordable Property & Venues
Back in the 70s, when our parents were getting established it wasn't too hard to buy a house. We know a number of people back then that could afford to put up some cash for a run down warehouse / pub and convert it into a performance space. Back then property was affordable.
Now a days it just isn't so. There are too many people and not enough spaces.
I believe this has made it even more difficult to keep a professional mainstream local music venue, in areas like the inner west, alive.
Instead, I think we should turn our focus on more accessible less established small venues.
As musicians ourselves, we know of literally 100s of acoustic accessible venues that are great to perform in and are literally going to waste. There are countless outdoor spaces, town halls, churches, cafes, parks and other free spaces that are just begging for musicians to use them and make some money out of it!
World Musician Day is all about connect local musicians and encouraging them to perform in every day unexpected places. We believe this will lead to more opportunities with local business.
Neighbours have a surprising amount of cash for musicians who live nearby. We are trying to find ways to help connects these musicians with their neighbours rather than shipping in a big name act from across the state.
The Digital Revolution & Copyright
As we all know, it's become quite difficult for musicians to make make an album and sell it for cold hard cash the way they used to back in the 90s. We are all well aware of this and we all know why. The digital reolution and the difficult of managing data is something the global legal system is yet to manage.
The law may continue to struggle with 'controlling radio waves' for a while yet.
This situation leaves us with a profound question. If a musician is unable to create an album and make a bucket of cash, what then?
The Musomap Team believe the solution is to focus on a more progressive live and local industry.
Have we got your support?