Musonomics is a twice-monthly podcast about the business of the music and culture industries. Hosted by Larry Miller and produced with support from the NYU Steinhardt Music Business Program, we use data, music and interviews with newsmakers and analysts to provide insight into what's happening now -- and what's coming next.
Valuation Nation: Hipgnosis and the Business of Song Management
If it seems like a remarkable number of larger-than-life legacy artists have sold the rights to their catalogs lately for astonishing price tags, it's very likely the work of Merck Mercuriadis, CEO of Hipgnosis Songs Fund. Hipgnosis is disrupting the music industry by dropping big bucks on artists' songs and transforming them into an investable asset class. In this episode of Musonomics, host Larry Miller analyzes how the valuations of artists' catalogs are calculated through historical and economic factors and then speaks to Merck Mercuriadis about the present and future state of his company, and pop songwriter/producer Tricky Stewart -- along with his brother and business partner Mark Stewart -- about Tricky's sale to Hipgnosis.
Games Without Frontiers
The evolution of video games has been entwined with the music industry since the 1970s; dependent on related tech developments and targeting a similar consumer audience. Video games have become a significant revenue stream for music artists from e-sports, rhythm games, and titles like Grand Theft Auto. Now Fortnite, Minecraft, Twitch, and Roblox have changed the context for how music interacts with the gaming experience, and with the pandemic keeping people at home, have become a primary channel for many artists to reach their fans. In this episode of Musonomics, host Larry Miller of NYU Steinhardt explores the history of music, sound and games, and speaks to Jon Vlassopulos, the Global Head of Music at gaming platform Roblox, about the platform's music events, and what's coming in the future.
Sync or Swim -- Licensing Music for Podcasts
Why is licensing music for a podcast like sailing in uncharted seas? In this episode of Musonomics, host Larry Miller of NYU Steinhardt delves into why this format creates so much complexity for music usage even as the audience for podcasts is exploding. In conversations with music clearance expert Deborah Mannis-Gardner, music supervisor Scott Velasquez, and Premier Music founder Josh Deutsch, we explore different approaches, anchored by a review of the key terms that can make music licensing seem so opaque.
Go Small & Stay Home: Live Music in the Time of Crisis
Most artists make most of their income from touring. We want and need live music, but even as some states and venues begin to reopen, what will it take for masses of fans to return? We unpack a groundbreaking new study from Music Canada.
From Punk to President (and beyond): Rob Stringer
In this episode of Musonomics, Rob Stringer talks with Larry Miller about his journey from London to the NYC punk scene to the corner office of one of the world's largest music companies; his primary focus on enabling artists and their art, the competitive edge he got from growing up with the BBC and much more.
Mind the (Value) Gap
In this episode of Musonomics: how is it possible that more people are listening to music than ever, but musicians are earning less? Larry Miller of NYU Steinhardt talks to musician, indie label owner, and festival producer Miranda Mulholland and Graham Henderson, the president and CEO of Music Canada, about the "value gap" - the growing mismatch between the value that user upload services, such as YouTube, get from the music used on their services, and the revenue that is then returned to songwriters, performers, and record labels -- and what is being done to address this issue, which the international recorded music organization IFPI considers the biggest threat to the future sustainability of the industry.
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Besides presenting valuable, relevant, and timely insights into the music business, Larry’s presentation is superb. Pleasant and easy to listen to. I highly recommend this podcast to anyone in the music business.
How music got modernized
I have liked this podcast in general for 2 years but the MMA episode was the best I’ve heard. Great guests, great content, straight to the point with no bias or slant and the perfect length to digest.
Such a good podcast. Very informative and keeps me up to date on what’s going on in the industry in a clear and concise way.