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.
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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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Keywords:||Music industry, Esteem economy, Music career, Music value, Political economy|
|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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