• A manifesto for artistic self-liberation

    This post is a contribution from David McCarty, a music journalist, songwriter and musician who writes regularly for Bluegrass Unlimited and Flatpicking Guitar magazines, and performs as a member of The Hot Club of Naptown. Your comments are welcome -

  • NMB: The Long Tail

    This is the third in a series of articles about The New Music Business. Before I undertook the writing of this series on music business I wrote about the decline of CD sales and mentioned a book called The Long Tail.

  • The New Music Business

    A lot has been said recently about the business of music here on Bluegrass Today. We have covered the recent changes in copyright legislation surrounding internet broadcasting. We've also recently talked about the decline in sales of physical CDs in

  • Are declining CD sales good news?

    The numbers are in for the first quarter and they don't look promising, at least not on the surface. Nielsen SoundScan reports that 89 million CDs were sold from January 1 through March 18. That's a drop of nearly 20%

  • Should you guarantee your music?

    Many products these days come with a money back guarantee of some sort. Jason Feinberg at the Music Business Blog suggests that maybe artists should consider offering a guarantee when a consumer purchases their music. It's an interesting idea that

  • Steve Jobs and Flatt & Scruggs

    Yesterday I posted about about the controversy that Steve Jobs stirred up with his open letter to the music industry concerning digital downloads and DRM. Today two things caught my attention while doing some reading online. The first is a rumor

  • Merry Christmas everyone!

    To our friends all over the world who celebrate the joyous Feast of Christmas, we offer our hope that you will experience the peace this day portends. May you find yourself surrounded by those dearest to you, and know the love

  • Major Publishers Targeting Tablature Sites

    On the heels of the heated discussion on this site about trading live shows, comes this story about sites that share tablature. Major music publishers are continuing to pursue unauthorized music sites, including those offering tablature (mostly rock guitar tabs). The