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Friday, October 23, 2015

BROKE Film Sparks The Debate: What Does It Mean To Be An Artist In Today's Music Business?

Show time is Monday, October 26th at 7 PM.
Location is Hamilton Spectator Auditorium.
Tickets are $25 at the door, $10 for Guild members with their union card.

The tale of "my life in the music business" has a thousand different beginnings and an equal number of endings.

Today's musicians are working in a greatly different business environment than that of two decades ago. The flow of money from consumer to musician has been changing drastically. As the record industry was overtaken by changes in technology and methods of consuming music, it found itself losing revenues. Today streaming services are de regueur, and with much of the general public expecting music to be free we must seek to understand how musicians can continue to exist.

The Critical Questions We All Ask


These are the critical questions every modern musician is wrestling with:

  • Where can money still be made in the music business?
  • How much money does an artist legitimately need to make in order to be able to continue to create?
  • How do you continue to be free to create art when surrounded by market forces that tend to squeeze or dictate what you should do as a musician?
  • What does it mean to build an audience?
  • What strategies does today's musician need to embrace to ensure success?
  • What business skills and methods do musicians of today need to understand?

The film BROKE tells the story of Will Gray. He went through a struggle to find artistic success, and then he decided to make a documentary to tell the story of what happened.

The Hamilton screening of BROKE is presented by the Hamilton Musicians Guild, local 293 of the American Federation of Musicians.

Expert Panel and Question Period to Follow Screening

The main benefit will come after the screening. The Guild has assembled a panel which includes the film's producer Dan Beck (his career in the industry spans almost four decades, much of it at Epic Records, where he promoted artists like The Clash, Meat Loaf, Boston, Cyndi Lauper, Luther Vandross, Gloria Estefan, and Michael Jackson); Sonic Unyon Records co-owner Tim Potocic; American Federation of Musicians international representative Allistair Elliott, and Julia Train, senior manager communications for the Musicians' Rights Organization of Canada.

Show time is Monday, October 26th at 7 PM.
Location is Hamilton Spectator Auditorium.
Tickets are $25 at the door, $10 for Guild members with their union card. Proceeds to the Hamilton Spectator Summer Camp Fund. Advance tickets available through the Hamilton Musicians Guild, Local 293, 905-525-4040 or online at hamiltonmusicians.org.
Several door prizes in the form of music store gift cards will be awarded to attendees.

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