7 Visionary Women Who Paved The Way For Electronic Music

From the eerie sounds of the Dr. Who theme, to the creation of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop; here are just some of the landmark contributions women have made in electronic music.

http://championupnorth.com/music/features/7-visionary-women-who-paved-the-way-for-electronic-music

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The Unison Benevolent Fund

 

The Unison Benevolent Fund is a non-profit organization that provides counselling, emergency relief, and benefit programs for those in the Canadian music community who face personal or professional challenges due to hardship, illness, unemployment or economic difficulties.
 
Unison is for everyone – from songwriters, musicians and performers, to sound techs and roadies, to managers, agents and publishers, to marketing, PR and promotion staff – to anyone and everyone who’s career has been predominately spent in the music industry.
 
Check out their website for more information.

 

 

Bands, Brands, and Backlash

Today's industry update features a couple of pieces from the New York Times that cast a critical eye on the current state of affairs betweent he worlds of music and corporate sponsorship. 

The first, by Jon Pareles makes note of the increase corporate creep at SXSW this year:

"It was, in a way, the income-inequality debate carried into the realm of attention: The tiny fraction of a percentage of performers who have made it big were grabbing even more exposure away from the struggling majority."

Read more here:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/17/arts/music/south-by-southwest-festival-starts-to-feel-corporate.html?ref=music&_r=0

The next is a critique of the co-branding ventures now regularly engaged in by corporations and music artists. In this piece, David Carr notes the increasing corporatization of the festival. He takes aim specifically at Lady Gaga, who performed at a special, contest winner-only event set up in conjunction with Doritos:

"Her actions — to happily shill for Doritos, then deliver a lecture on the importance of independent thought — perfectly encapsulate the conflicted state of the industry.

Read more here: 

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/17/business/media/a-new-model-for-music-big-bands-big-brands.html?ref=music

And to top it all off, we have Lady Gaga herself devivering the Keynote Address, wherein she talks about her views on sponsorship:

 

 

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