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Musicians are increasingly becoming their own managers, promoters, bookers, and agents. And with YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, BandCamp, and dozens of other ways of staying in touch with their audience, the concert never stops.
There’s no way to put a dollar value on this engagement, but that doesn’t mean that it’s not worthwhile.
How are artists building an audience, completely outside of their music, simply by opening up online?
Nancy Baym — author of the recent book Personal Connections in the Digital Age, Professor of Communications at University of Kansas, and all around music aficionado — joined me this week to talk about how fans are building genuine relationships online and how artists are able to thrive because of them.
Listen up! Comment on the show! Tweet us! And check out the reference section after the jump for links to our guests and more.
Nancy’s recent talk at the Berkman Center
Follow her on Twitter and at her blog
Her book Personal Connections in the Digital Age
Nancy’s musical encounters immortalized in comic form
More about the upcoming Rethink Music conference, registration now open!
Flickr photo courtesy of lism
Next spring, the Berklee College of Music and MIDEM, in association with the Berkman Center, are hosting the Rethink Music Conference, bringing together artists, industry representatives, policymakers, educators, and innovators to discuss this very issue: the future of creative works, their distribution, and the laws that regulate them. Look out for more on this as we continue this series about music and the music industry.