Saving the Industry, One Song at a Time


In the past year or so, we have all heard the many depressing notions about the so-called “decline of music business.” With the growth of an era of piracy, intellectual property (IP) theft, “Loudness Wars,” orchestra companies and record labels going bankrupt, and possibly worst of all Bieber, we have come face-to-face with a rather slippery slope in the music industry. The music we live and breath has been polluted and devalued in numerous ways. However, I offer a sliver of optimism; a gleam of hope. We are are not doomed after all!

During my studies for Topics in Music Business, I have come across some exciting perspectives on the growth of our beloved industry. Here are a few articles that provide a hopeful outlook. Please, take the time to read them over if you have not already. They are fairly short.


In the first article, Lee Ann Obringer shares the hypothetical journey of an aspiring songwriter who plays their cards right and prospers in the industry. Now, while this may only be a dream of sorts, it communicates a very encouraging message about how one song can fuel an industry. In the process of getting a song promoted, recorded, published, performed, etc., the songwriter also manages to stimulate economy and provide a means of employment to a more people than just themselves. In this, I profess that making music, specifically in written or creative forms (i.e. songwriting, composing, or improvising), we offer a service to the world. Although it is of worldly value, this service is nonetheless profound it how it enriches the livelyhood of others. Music is a gift that keeps on giving.


I am by no means an expert on economy or music business and understand that there is more at play in the game of music industry. However, I sincerely find validity in these hopeful perspectives. I have acknowledged numerously in past posts, (directly and indirectly) how music benefits society. The impact that our art has on community, individuals, politics, and  every other cultural facet is undeniable. I have come to notice these benefits the more I study the art of sound and silence and what it means to others. A friend of mine recently told me of a person he once knew whose family simply DID NOT listen to music. They had no real desire to do so. My friend and I shared a moment of bafflement and proceed to say, “what a sad life that would be.” Reflecting later on, I thought, “this family is likely affected by the music industry whether they choose to indulge it, or not.”

I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music.
-Billy Joel


For this post, I would like to extend my thanks to every member of the music industry to date. We are not lost and you are living reasons why. Please, keep creating.

Thanks for reading the Musik Modus Mémoires!


  1. Thanks for sharing Eliot. I’m glad you took this topic from more optimistic view. I agree with you in that in some ways music has been devalued. But I also think that the music industry is evolving in such a way that what worked for many artists twenty years may only work for some now. That also may be a reason why there is this shift in the industry.

    • Thanks Briana. I absolutely feel that the industry is “evolving” in amazing ways. I honestly would have mentioned that in this post, however, I am trying not to be as long-winded in an effort to see if people respond to my blogging in a different way. Just testing the waters. It is tricky, when writing blogs, to find the happy medium between thoroughness and brevity. Thanks for your words. I appreciate the comments. As always, if I happen to write anything that you find truly compelling, please share it on Facebook or whatever means you find necessary and I will aim to do the same for you.


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