So You Want to Open a Small Press Bookstore/Artist-Run Space? A Cautionary Tale
- A couple years ago, a poet friend asked me for advice on opening a non-profit small press bookstore and arts space.
- My wife, visual artist Marina Eckler, had recently opened Mountain Fold Books here in Colorado Springs.
- We’d been open for about two years at the time, and thriving.
- Advice being cheap, I gave it freely.
- I’m now more qualified to give advice about closing a small press bookstore (or not opening one in the first place) and would like to offer a few thoughts for those poets and artists thinking about starting poet- or artist-run spaces.
- Poet, publisher, translator, and radio producer Noel Black was born in Tucson, Arizona and grew up in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
- He translated Puerto Rican poet Mara Pastor's Llámame Láctea/Children...
How musicians really make their money — and it has nothing to do with how many times people listen to their songs
- Consider, for example, U2, which made $54.4 million and was the highest-paid musical act of the year in 2017, according to Billboard's annual Money Makers report.
- Other common sources of revenue, according to Bellas, include sync licensing (for example, when an artist sells the right to play their song on a T.V. show, or in a movie or video game), and side-businesses, like fashion lines, as well as partnerships with brands.
- According to a recent Citigroup report, the music industry generated a record $43 billion in 2017, but recording artists saw just 12% of that revenue, or $5.1 billion, and the "bulk" of their revenues came from touring.
- Music businesses, including labels and publishers, took home almost $10 million, according to the report, which showed that artists are still grabbing a meager percentage of the increasing revenues in streaming, where music labels and streaming services act as intermediaries.
What’s in your bag, Jess Glynne?
- I feel like it’s quite important, when you’re doing a lot of promo, that you always smell good.
- Like, I’ve been talking a lot today, so I constantly have to exercise my voice, ‘cause it’s still the same amount of straining, do you know what I mean?
- I called the guys at my label and I said, “Please can we just do one last thing for this?” I just wanted to go away, into the middle of nowhere with everybody that I’d wrote the first record with — people who I love, people who I connect with — in a space that’s not a studio, that’s not pressured, that’s not near anything or anyone, that’s not going to make me feel uncomfortable, like I’m doing something wrong.
- It’s kind of a shimmery thing when I’m trying to be a little bit extra.
The Deal of the Art
- I thought of the Warhol auction last week when someone working with the street artist Banksy remotely activated a shredder embedded in the back of the frame of his spray-painted work, “Girl with Balloon”—right at the moment it sold to an unnamed buyer for $1.4 million at a Sotheby’s sale.
- The event was met, like the Sotheby’s auction in 1988, with a lot of talk about the art market, who the buyer was, whether the half-shredded work lost or gained value; only this time journalists and Twitter users also wondered if Sotheby’s colluded with Banksy in the stunt.
- It doesn’t matter, as now seems obvious, whether the auction house knew that Banksy would shred the work; it was enough for them to act or be surprised, and for their head of contemporary art in Europe, Alex Branczik, to point out that the “destruction” of the painting may have increased its value.
A Maori tattoo artist's perfect day in Wellington
- Meet the Explorer: Taryn Beri is an independent tā moko practitioner in Wellington and a member of the Ngāti Toarangatira tribe of the Wellington Region, North Island, Aotearoa, New Zealand.
- Learn about ancient Maori culture and be sure to check out the spectacular contemporary Maori marae (meeting grounds) on the top floor, by game-changing Maori artist Cliff Whiting.
- Learn about ancient Maori culture at the Te Papa Museum and be sure to visit the spectacular contemporary Maori marae on the top floor, by game-changing Maori artist Cliff Whiting.
- Getting tattooed is a very popular way for travelers to mark their time in Aotearoa (the Maori name for New Zealand).
- If I am not in the country at the time of your visit, I recommend tattoo artists Lorna Tawhiti and Tim Hunt in the Wellington Region.
The inside story of Banksy, trust and the art market
- Street art is essentially about the smashing of conventional boundaries – frames – so it was of course a frame that the prankster artist chose for his latest and most complex gesture: a remotely controlled self-destructing artwork that half-shredded itself (the artist has revealed it was meant to shred completely) in Sotheby's auction room at the moment of its sale for £860,000 ($1.6 million), by means of a device fitted into the heavy gold frame.
- And sure enough: on Thursday, after what must have been days of furious negotiations, during which the auction house had received many offers to purchase the piece, shreds and all, came the news that the successful bidder would cough up £1.04 million (£860,000 plus fees) for the piece, which will now be designated by the artist as a completely new work, under the title Love is in the Bin. Sotheby's can triumphantly claim to be the site of the world's first artwork created at point of sale; honour is satisfied all round.
YouTube has a new plan for the music industry: let's make up and make it rain instead of fighting
- The partnership, announced on Thursday, will let YouTube users rocking out to their favorite music click straight from the video clip to Eventbrite's site, and buy tickets to hear the artist live.
- Nonetheless, we can conclude that if YouTube assists in prompting some of its nearly 2 billion monthly logged-in users to buy concert tickets, that's likely to make music artists happy.
- This year, in a stunning defeat for YouTube, the European Union reformed copyright rules in an attempt to force YouTube and similar sites to share more of the revenue generated from songs, books, and movies with creators.
- One record label executive recently raved to Business Insider about how pleased he has been to see YouTube Music ads "everywhere" he goes in New York City.
- Sure, YouTube needs to offer concert ticket tie-ins to match the competition, since rivals like Facebook and Spotify also have features that let users find live performances.
How to use Instagram like an appropriation artist
- Where Prince’s earlier lawsuit involved traditionally artistic (if minimalist) paintings, his new defense rests largely on making normal Instagram use sound as impressive and difficult as possible.
- Prince filed reams of expert art evaluations and other supporting evidence, but his core arguments are condensed in a couple of statements — one filed in the suit by Rastafarian Lighting A Joint photographer Donald Graham, the other in its counterpart from Kim Gordon photographer Eric McNatt.
- A well-crafted post can “make people think about the ways we use social media to present ourselves,” or even “confront broader truths of this new world.” Don’t worry, nobody will ask which truths you’re talking about.
- This may sound callous, when you’re talking about a wealthy artist pushing the boundaries of copyright to use a small-time photographer’s pictures for free.
YouTube partners with Eventbrite to sell concert tickets below music videos
- YouTube and Eventbrite have partnered to give fans a direct way to purchase tickets to artists’ live shows.
- A button will now appear below videos for musicians with official Artist Channels (like Post Malone, Ariana Grande, and Drake), which fans can use to purchase tickets directly through Eventbrite.
- YouTube will continue to add more artists and venues as the partnership expands.
- Eventbrite and Ticketmaster’s relationship with the video service means that “YouTube now covers more than 70 percent of the US ticketing market,” according to a blog post.
- YouTube has become a music hub, with 60 percent of Americans between the ages of 35 and 54 claiming they visit the site at least once a week for music-related content, according to a Google study.
- YouTube has also implemented an Artist Spotlight in its Trending section, which highlights a rising musician.
Spotify's Premium app gets a big makeover
- The company has simplified the app’s navigation by reducing the numbers of buttons and has revamped its Search page, which now incorporates elements previously found in “Browse,” like favorite genres or music to match a mood.
- Spotify has always felt a bit cluttered, with its five navigation buttons – Home, Browse, Search, Radio and My Library.
- The “Browse” section has moved to this Search page in the redesign, and points to things like top charts, Spotify’s programmed playlists, your own personalized playlists, plus music by mood, genre, activity and more.
- With the update, you can search for a favorite artist or song, then immediately start listing to one of the brand-new Artist Radio playlists.
- This latter feature appears to address a recent challenge from Pandora, which tapped into its Music Genome to create dozens of personalized playlists for its users.