Associate Professor of Voice, Shenandoah Conservatory Artistic Director of the CCM Vocal Pedagogy Institute
Taylor Swift made headlines last week for pulling her music from Spotify. Some in social media have been critical of her decision and I can understand why – the economy is still not in great shape and discretionary income is limited. But I think an important point is being missed – artists deserve to make money just like everyone else. If you cannot earn a decent living from your art, how are you supposed to survive? If you spend forty hours a week working a survival job, when do you have the time or energy to make art? If you are an artist, isn’t your hope that one day you can support yourself with your art? Then why do you hesitate to pay money to enjoy other peoples’ creations?
Whether or not you believe in Karma, I think you can understand my “Karma” point of view on the music industry. What goes around comes around. If you don’t spend money supporting other artists’ creations, why should anyone support yours? Yes times are tough, but we need to be mindful of this concept. If you ever expect people to spend money on you and your work, you need to be willing to spend money on the work of others.