Valuing independence: Esteem value and its role in the independent music scene

Brown, Hugh (2012) Valuing independence: Esteem value and its role in the independent music scene. Popular Music and Society, 35(4), pp. 519-539.

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Abstract

This article reports on a qualitative study investigating the characteristics, motivations, and organization of a sample of self-identified “Indies.” It identifies three characteristic dimensions of life for the Independent musician in the digital age: the “intrinsic motivation for extrinsic value” dimension; the “independence as network” dimension; and the “artist as business” dimension. The author argues that these dimensions are linked by their relevance to the esteem that musicians must generate in pursuit of a sustainable career. They also characterize levels of artistic control, network diversity, and business intimacy within a musician’s relationships. These dimensions are rarely occupied at their extremes; rather, a wide variety of positions are taken up between totally independent and totally “indentured” musicians. Seeing relative “independence” as a combination of these three dimensions helps us more clearly understand the dynamics of emergent new music industries.

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ID Code: 97665
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Music industry, Esteem economy, Music career, Music value, Political economy
DOI: 10.1080/03007766.2011.600515
ISSN: 1740-1712
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Institutes > Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Media, Entertainment & Creative Arts
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Taylor & Francis
Copyright Statement: The Version of Record of this manuscript has been published
and is available in Popular Music and Society, 07 August 2012, http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/03007766.2011.600515
Deposited On: 26 Jul 2016 22:46
Last Modified: 29 Jul 2016 23:34

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