NYTimes.com berichtet über die interessante Non-Profit-Plattform CASH Music, die von Musikern für Musiker gemacht ist und Großes vorhat. Hier zeigt sich einmal mehr, dass Publisher/Labels/Verlage in weiten Teilen Softwarehäuser sind/sein sollten:
CASH, which stands for Coalition of Artists and Stakeholders, is part of a growing market of behind-the-scenes companies like Topspin Media and Bandcamp that handle the kind of business tasks that used to be the domain of record labels — marketing, merchandising and Web distribution among them. But unlike most of those companies, which take fees on transactions, CASH offers its services free and uses open-source software that can be customized by anyone. In that way, it is a kind of Linux for musicians.
CASH was founded by two performers, Kristin Hersh and Donita Sparks, as a way to release their music, and has grown into a portfolio of Web tools for artists and labels. It offers ways to stream music securely and control access to files online, as well as widgets to sell music, collect e-mail addresses and do various forms of marketing.
In der Selbstbeschreibung von CASH Music wird es auf den Punkt gebracht:
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