Over the 10 years in which I have been part of the creative music scene in Boston and New York, I have observed the Internet’s revolutionary impact on the production and dissemination of non-mainstream music. Large record labels have abandoned all but a small population of creative artists, forcing musicians to seek other paths to promoting and distributing their work. Now that most record companies belong to big conglomerates, the emphasis is on short-term financial gain. Unless you focus on producing “hits,” the industry pays little attention to you.

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