aprilhenry (aprilhenry) wrote,

Are writers the next musicians?

A few weeks ago, the New York Times had a story on South by Southwest, the big music festival. CD album sales are sliding, and online sales don’t make up for it.

Think of newspapers – many people now get their news online or from Jon Stewart – they’re hurting too.

Will writers be next?

I was struck by this portion of the article: “Sooner or later, public forums and private conversations at this year’s festival end up pondering how 21st-century musicians will be paid. For nearly all of them, it won’t be royalty checks rolling in from blockbuster albums. Musicians’ livelihoods will more likely be a crazy quilt of what their lawyers would call “alternative revenue streams”: touring, downloads, ringtones, T-shirts, sponsorships, Web site ads and song placements in soundtracks or commercials.”

I wonder if we writers will need to worry about making our own crazy quilts? And what will the patches be made of?

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