Virtual music, virtual money: the impact of crowdfunding models on creativity, authorship, and identity

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Abstract

The traditional path between music creator and audience has been seen to be complex, managed by a series of cultural intermediaries. The focus of criticism from both music producers and consumers decide on what is funded and what the consumers will hear. Emergent models of crowdfunding, born in the virtual environment, are, however, changing this situation by allowing music creators to connect directly with their audience in order to gain support for potential creations. A project is pitched, fans coalesce around it, it is funded, and it is then sold, all virtually. As such a new phenomenon, though, the reality is unlikely to be as simple as the utopia suggested. This chapter therefore examines how crowdfunding affects creativity, authorship, and identity in relation to producer, product, and fan.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Music and Virtuality
EditorsSheila Whiteley, Shara Rambarran
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
Chapter29
Pages557-572
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)9780199321285
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Keywords

  • Music producers
  • Authorship
  • Creativity
  • Music consumers
  • Crowdfunding
  • Fanfunding
  • Crowdsourcing
  • Cultural intermediaries
  • Identity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Music
  • Management of Technology and Innovation
  • Cultural Studies

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