Webchat 3: How Can we Make a Living Outside the Mainstream?
We are always hearing that music and publishing are changing beyond recognition; that now is a time of opportunity for anyone with talent, perseverance, and an original idea. But most of us still rely on day jobs to pay the bills whilst we do what we love by twilight.
There are all kinds of ideas out there, from Chris Anderson’s “freemium” with its poster boys like Cory doctorow and Trent Reznor, to Kevin Kelly’s 1,000 true fans. Everyone is using the rather distatsteful term “monetisation” – how do we actually turn talent into cash without a mainstream contract behind us?
It would be great to have a debate, because debate is good. But most of all, this is a place to brainstorm ideas, to come away thinking “yeah, I’m going to try that”. hosted by Dan Holloway, a founder member of Year Zero Writers, and blogger on this topic.
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