World Music Day Special: Give us freedom, authority
Music composers, singers, and artistes of alternate music on the changes they'd like to see being implemented in the industry
Since every artiste is signed by a music company, creativity is taking a hit. We hope that every artiste associated with a music project will be appointed based on their merit, and not because of the label that is backing them. An artiste should be free to perform for anybody that he wishes to.
In India, there was more attention being paid to songs that belonged to movies, than on singles. This trend has slowly been changing. It is important that artistes [are paid heed to for their] independent music as well.
The [focus] on the number of views [that a song acquires] has overshadowed the art of enjoying music. One should simply enjoy music instead. An emphasis should also be paid on [creating] original tracks.
Song creators should get publishing royalties. Hit songs earn crores for music labels. Playback singers too earn big sums via live shows by performing those hits. But the musicians who create them are given a meagre fee and don't generate much money off it. I hope this changes.
[There needs to be a] more organised way of collecting royalties so that musicians don't just rely on live performances for money, but also earn from digital platforms, and whenever [their creations are] used.
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