Dr Kim Cunio, Lecturer at ANU School of Music. Photo credit: Peter Damo
The Case for a Music Press
The recorded music industry is in a state of flux. While certain areas are generating strong growth, such as film and video game music, other areas are much smaller than they were 20 years ago, none more than the traditional ‘record label’, which has struggled to maintain physical sales since the mid 2000s. This is not to say that that there is no demand for recorded music. There is still strong demand for recorded music, though the financial model has changed with the advent of digital distribution, meaning that few niche or academic artists now receive a significant royalty stream. The distribution spaces that were once filled by profit and government entities are now largely vacant, as the for-profit model struggles to make money out of high cultural art. Therefore, it is possible for a University E press to make a significant contribution to both music culture and scholarship in Australia. This paper details the genesis of a project where the author is launching a new record label and music Press in 2019.
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