When I read media analyst Steve Johnson’s article (featured on our first blog post: “Are We Good Then?“) titled “The Creative Apocalypse That Wasn’t” I was struck by two thoughts:
- This guy really knows how to gather info and talk STATS!
- Hey…waidaminnit….his conclusions don’t reflect my own experience, or for that matter…the experiences of anyone else that I know in the music business. What’s up with that?
Well, it seems I wasn’t the only one who had that opinion. In the article, Steven mentions an organization called The Future of Music Coalition. The “FMC” describes their mission as follows:
“Future of Music Coalition (FMC) is a Washington D.C.-based nonprofit organization supporting a musical ecosystem where artists flourish and are compensated fairly and transparently for their work.
FMC works with musicians, composers and industry stakeholders to identify solutions to shared challenges. We promote strategies, policies, technologies and educational initiatives that always put artists first while recognizing the role music fans play in shaping the future. FMC works to ensure that diversity, equality and creativity drives artist engagement with the global music community, and that these values are reflected in laws, licenses, and policies that govern any industry that uses music as raw material for its business.”
Pretty cool eh? I like these guys already. Anyone who puts artists first has my vote! But back to Steven and his article: in it he refers to data that he got from FMC that helped his optimistic spin on the current state of employment opportunities for musicians. As it turns out, FMC had told Steven that he had reached some questionable conclusions and suggests some edits that never happened. When they read the final article which was published on August 19, 2015, they were not amused. They wrote a rebuttal and the game was ON!
Check it out:
The Data Journalism That Wasn’t
OUCH! (I added the “ouch” part FYI)
And of course, Steven Johnson stood by his original article and published a follow up to his original story rebutted by FMC.
Can Data Capture The True Health of The Creative Economy?
And FINALLY (for now) not wanting to leave it there…FMC published yet another follow up with the very cool title of:
Musicians are Not Dentists: What Steven Johnson Still Doesn’t Get
(As an aside, my former dentist in Texas IS a musician…and a really good one. So…funny title…but not completely accurate. Just sayin’…)
Therefore….who wins this epic back-and-forth? Are the musicians themselves the ultimate losers? Are things as rosy as Steven says? At the end of the day, it is up to us: the artists, to make all of this right.
At this point I am reminded of one of my favorite quotes by George Bernard Shaw:
What are your thoughts? Lets have some more of your wonderful comments and sort this thing out!