12 Jan. 2009
Many of my friends are musicians, artists or fashion designers. But most of them don’t make much money. In this article I’m going to discuss various reasons why I think this is the case and what it may take to make money. I’m not proposing to have done any real research on the topic and I may be wrong – I’m just giving an overview of the way I see it.
The way to make money in the arts (music, fashion, art, etc.) is to provide something that people really want or need that they can only get from you or which they can't get cheaper or easier elsewhere. A really good live show is an example. People may be able to easily find someone's music on the Internet for free. But they can only experience a live show by going to the show. A great art piece is the same way. Making it may take the same time as a great album, but the experience can't be put onto a little disc and shared with everyone for free. . . . continue reading