Scott Kirby Classroom Discussion Topics

By April 6, 2016 Lesson Plans, Resources
  1. What is your view point on Synergy?
    1. How do you think synergy would change/help the music industry?
    2. Why do you think this hasn’t already happened, this collaboration of labels, broadcasters, and musicians?
  2. Napster stunned the music world some 16 years ago.  Suddenly every artist, every song was a mouse click away.
    1. What could the labels have done differently to avoid the current crisis they face?
  3. What is your opinion of the “Information Age?”
    1. Do you think labels and the music industry have used technology to their benefit and why?
    2. How has the “Information Age” affected the music industry, in a positive or negative way?
  4. The current broadcasting industry has become varied in this day and age to include the radio and streaming sites (Spotify, Pandora, Google Play, and Apple).
    1. Have streaming sites been fair to artists and their fans? Are they infringing on the rights of artists, and how do you know that?
    2. What can streaming sites like these do differently to impact the music industry in a more positive way?
  5. Andy Weissman said “rather than there being four dominant streaming services there should be 4,000. “ “You, should have one, I should have mine, the artist should have their own.”
    1. Do you agree or disagree?How do you think this would fix the problem the music industry is in? How could we make this work?
  6. How do we create Transparency in this industry?
    1. What is your view point on the current pricing structure of the record industry?
  7. In his interview, Scott Kirby said “The fans need to get money back, in a fair and legal way, to the artist”.
    1. Currently, who determines what is fair and legal?
  8. In your opinion, what is the best case scenario for an artist with relation to releasing music? Is it better to go it alone or sign with a label or streaming service, etc?