Interdependent music vs Independent Music

Posting text to this slide I use to explain some distinctions between the two. By no means comprehensive but hopefully of use.

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INDEPENDENT MUSIC

LISTENERS RENT MUSIC FOR PENNIES
ON STREAMING PLATFORMS
ARTISTS RENT LISTENERS FOR AD DOLLARS
ON AD PLATFORMS
ISOLATED ARTISTS MAKE TUNES IN THEIR BEDROOMS
FOR ISOLATED LISTENERS IN THEIR BEDROOMS
“HUSTLE” MYTH MAKES A VIRTUE OF BEING SELFISH
AND FINESSING OTHERS
TRICKLE UP ATTRIBUTION (LONE GENIUS MYTH)
AND COMPENSATION MODELS (STAR MAKES ALL THE $)
IRREVERENT OF INSTITUTIONS AND THE ARCHIVE
IN FAVOR OF INDIVIDUAL FREEDOM AND AHISTORICITY
20TH CENTURY KITSCH INDIVIDUALISM
FRACKING / SHORT TERMIST

INTERDEPENDENT MUSIC

LISTENERS PAY ARTISTS DIRECTLY ON
BANDCAMP/PATREON/MIXCLOUD/CURRENTS.FM
ARTISTS OWN AND NURTURE THEIR
CONTACTS AND SUPPORTERS
ARTISTS AND AUDIENCE CONTRIBUTE TO
GLOBAL SCENE ECOSYSTEM WHERE THE SUM
IS GREATER THAN THE TOTAL OF ITS PARTS
HUMBLE ETHOS MAKES A VIRTUE OF BEING
CONSIDERATE AND SUPPORTING OTHERS
ARTISTS ATTRIBUTE AND PAY THEIR COLLABORATORS
DJ’S PAY THE PRODUCERS WHOSE MUSIC THEY USE
RESPECT THE ARCHIVE AND UNDERSTAND
STRONG INSTITUTIONS ACTUALLY MAKE IT POSSIBLE
FOR INDIVIDUALS TO THRIVE
21ST CENTURY DEMOCRATIC SOCIALISM
PERMACULTURE / LONG TERMIST

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