Sunday, March 15, 2009

Featured Artists Coalition

This photo has been disturbing me a for a week on the BBC News website:
Featured Artists
It is a load of musicians who are forming a sort of musicians' union called the The Featured Artists Coalition to protect their rights now that the mainstream music industry is fragmenting.

I'm not sure what is so upsetting about it; I looks like the Band Aid photo from 1984, but this time the musicians are doing it for themselves. Should we be keen to ensure that Nick Beggs from Kajagoogoo is still paid handsomely whenever "Too Shy" is played in Morrisons? Should we sympathise with Robbie Williams, who now wants to wriggle out of his multi-million pound deal with EMI now that the major labels are struggling in the digital age?

In a sense it's a worthy cause; the artist gets more credit for his/her creative output, but it's difficult to stomach when it's coming from Marti frigging Pellow.