Re: I'm Jeff Price. And I'm Ready to Talk About My TuneCore Departure...
I still don't understand why people are hating on this guy for creating a service that cuts out that ridiculous upfront percentage that DIY artists have to give away to other companies providing similar services. If it is true, and I beilieve it is, that most small bands or artists, especially those just starting out, do most of their own marketing, their own career managing and their own publicity, why would it make sense for them to give a percentage up to another company? Just like Jeff says, they are too big - what are they going to do to market you in the sea of thousands of other arstists? Nothing. That's something I learned from experience. Maybe Tunecore isn't going to be the entire industry, in fact we all know this model wouldn't REPLACE the current model entirely. But for you all to say that this model doesn't make sense or to knock him for his ideas - you are all short sighted. These ideas and this company not only has a place in the future of the business, they have a place now. And it is important to recognize that he does care to be giving more back to artists, and that should be the first thing everyone looks at. Here's a guy who wants to cut a lot of the BS out and keep the labels and publishers from taking rights and then taking huge cuts out of the revenue stream for providing absolutely nothing. And instead he wants to offer artists an opportunity to keep their rights and take a much smaller cut for providing... barely more than the nothing that everyone provides, but for WAY CHEAPER. Why is this not a great idea for music and for artists? Well the problem is it isn't great for that business. If he only takes $50/year from artists how will he keep growing his business... but then again, the point here is that maybe you DON'T just go on growing and growing, you simply provide a service for those who want to partake for a fairer price than the others do. No reason to hate on him for that... And whatever you heard from someone else who "knows" what they are talking about, musicians as a whole made less money years ago, generally never recouped their expenses, and fundamentally not that much has changed - the reality that art is not a guaranteed income situation needs to set in for everyone in this business. You are not owed anything, you are not guaranteed to make good money as an artist, and you are guaranteed to go through a lot of hell to get possibly nothing out of it. If you aren't ready for that the business isn't for you anyway.