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.
How Streaming Impacted the Value of Music
The transition over the last decade from purchases of CDs, vinyl albums and downloads to subscription and ad-supported streaming has had an enormous impact on the music industry. And not just on revenue, but on the multiples of revenue sophisticated investors have paid for music rights. We discuss what our report on streaming's impact says, how we put it together and what it means. With DiMA chief Garrett Levin.
Won't You Be My Neighbor?
Neighboring rights are similar to the public performance rights associated with musical compositions, but they are paid to record labels and performerming artists rather than to songwriters and publishers. Neighboring rights have great potential in the streaming age, but with each country comes a different challenge in reporting and collecting. To unpack these issues we chat with peermusic CEO Mary Megan Peer and Concord COO Vic Zaraya.
George Wein and the Newport Legacy
George Wein single handedly created the model for the popular music festival. In this episode, host Larry Miller of NYU Steinhardt celebrates George's legacy with the Newport Jazz and Folk Festivals with a cast of Wein's friends and colleagues. Included are Newport Jazz Festival Artistic Director Christian McBride, City Winery's Michael Dorf, Newport Festivals Foundation Executive Director Jay Sweet and COO Kira Favro, Newport Board Chair Bruce Gordon, Secretary of Commerce, and former Governor of Rhode Island, Gina Raimondo and longtime friend Jerry Chazen
Brick by Brick: Jon Platt on Creating a Mighty Career and Culture
Jon Platt, head of the world's largest music publisher Sony Music Publishing chats with host Larry Miller in a fireside chat in front of a live virtual audience at NYU. Jon's pedigree of signing songwriters like Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Kanye, and Drake has afforded him a well-deserved place as a shrewd creative executive and a powerful advocate for music creators. Jon discusses his unique career path from his early days as a DJ and his development as a creative at EMI, the competitive advantage of diversity and inclusion and the future of music publishing.
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.
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I could listen to Larry read an instruction manual to something very uninteresting and be completely enthralled and excited about it. One of the best voices out there! Love the topics. Love the storytelling. Love the pod.
This podcast is brilliant in its selection of topics and the conversations are so insightful. After each episode, I typically have a list of 5-6 items to research that I didn’t know or understand, so it pushes me and helps me expand my understanding. Loyal listener!