The Patronage Economy and Fan Accessibility

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  1. I despise the idea that artists should be pressured into forced relations with their "fans." Although it is a great idea for artists to demonstrate what type of person they are (on social media posts/their website/interviews/etc), it does not have to be at an overly personal level or on an every day basis (what is Taylor Swift doing today?) absurdity. Artists make great art by concentrating on their art, and yes living life- and sharing every little detail is no way to live life (it is a way to waste precious time sharing every little detail). I am certain that such schemes are NOT created to help the artist- they are created to help the auxiliary people/companies/advertisers looking to make money off of the artist (milking the gravy train). Anytime art is butchered just for additional money making schemes, we all lose. Nice post Michael.


Howdy. I'm Michael Donaldson.

I'm a constultant for the music industry, working with emerging artists and labels. I also manage a label of my own, named 8D Industries, and publish + license music under 8DSync. Sometimes I'm a Q-Burns Abstract Message. But mostly I'm just trying to keep these damn cats out of my office.

Michael Donaldson

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I’m Michael Donaldson.

I have strong opinions about music.

Sure, I will be happy to rattle off endless recommendations of obscure bands and point you to my meticulously curated Spotify playlists. But my sharpest opinions are reserved for the music industry.

I am intimately invested in how recording artists and bands administer their song rights, market themselves, and grow their careers. And it’s no surprise; since my first job as a teenage clerk in a mall music store I’ve managed record labels, worked in music publicity, launched a song licensing and publishing company, and spent over a decade touring the world as a major label recording artist.

Now I work primarily as a consultant for artists and labels seeking to navigate the ever-changing 21st-century music landscape. I also manage the ‘exploratory’ record label 8D Industries, publish and license a diverse song catalog with 8DSync, and sometimes find the time to create music of my own.

I often ponder the future of music while slowly gliding on a paddle board across Orlando’s Lake Holden.

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