Maggie Vail and Jesse Von Doom have been working for the past few years on an open-source platform designed to help musicians take control of their music sales, distribution, and promotion.
They're with the non-profit CASH Music, an organization with a goal to make music a more sustainable career for artists working outside the major labels. They recently completed a successful Kickstarter campaign to hold a series of summits in four different cities this year.
Vail says the industry is populated by a lot of middlemen. Von Doom adds,
Artists are being torn apart 15% at a time. Lots and lots of platforms emerge, offering new possibilities for revenue, but also taking another cut of profits.
The intent behind CASH, they say, is to deliver new tools to make the digital side of the business more manageable.
So what's the story with the summits? Maggie Vail and Jesse Von Doom sat down with April to spill the beans.