Copyright. Net Neutrality. Freedom of expression. Health care. Touring. It’s all up in the air for the music community under Trump. Here’s what you might expect.
DMN has been partnering with Kill Rock Stars to explore a number of pressing questions facing up-and-coming artists. In a recent episode of her podcast, The Future of What, Kill Rock Stars president Portia Sabin tackled some tough questions about what the Trump presidency means for musicians.
Trump’s America poses a number of unknowns for musicians. And, the music industry. And the worst part is: most have no idea what to expect over the next four years. “We have nothing but questions,” said Portia Sabin, head of Kill Rock Stars.
“We don’t know where he stands on a lot of issues that are important to musicians.”
But it doesn’t hurt to at least ask the questions. In a recent edition of Kill Rock Stars’ podcast, The Future of What, Sabin delved into a range of complex issues. That includes health care, always a tricky subject for emerging artists. And, equally complex concerns like net neutrality and freedom of expression.
Another topic that remains cloudy is copyright, especially as tech giants like Google and Facebook continue to ascend. Could anti-piracy legislation really take hold under Trump, especially given the antagonisms of Hollywood and the music business?
Joining Sabin in the discussion are three in-depth thinkers:
- Kevin Erickson of The Future of Music Coalition, a music advocacy group.
- Jon Coombs, head of the ‘Our First 100 Days‘ project with Secretly Group.
- Jana Hunter of Lower Dens.
One thing the guests agreed on is that awareness, action, and vigilance are of paramount importance. “I think that the only possibility is that it will be very different from most of us imagine,” said Jana Hunter. “And it will happen a lot faster than most of us imagine.”