Dear friends, music lovers, music makers and dj's,
A few weeks ago, when I wanted to buy music to support my fellows music producers, I realized that with the overload of music available and my plight situation due to this health crisis, i had no other choice than being a lot more selective with the amount of tracks or album I would have liked to purchase.
With a radical cut on all live acts and dj sets fees, our economic system is not really sustainable. Only a few of us are able to make a living. As independent artists, what would allow us to face such an unexpected critical situation ? the answer is more than obvious : a regular income would let us breathe and bring us a little bit more security.
Recently I read about Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and the Tennis institutions who created a collective fund financed by the 250 first ATP players to help the most affect ones by the total stop of all tournaments. The direction to follow was now clear. Let's imagine a limited edition based on timeline instead of numbers, continuously renewed for music lovers and sustainable for the artists... After some worktime and putting things together, let me introduce you to System Overload State - S\O\S.
To start, this project consists of a Bandcamp label account following 4 simple rules :
To do the maths : let's suppose 100 artists bring 20 of their followers per country (based on the 36 countries from OCDE) to a monthly subscription. It's (100 x 20 x 36) 72 000 subscribers. Let's take the minimum for a Bandcamp subscription, 3 €. It's (72 000 x 3) 216 000 € income. To be sustainable, an organisation should spend more or less 1/5 of its global revenu. Let's take project expenses for 36 000 €, it's 180 000 € net income. Result is : 180 000 € shared between 100 artists = 1 800 / month / artist. Now you add on this each download income payed directly to each artist, and of course their already existing revenu environment.
At the top of a vast world of expression, freedom to control balance of the avaibility of our Music between download and subsription only, as well as (re)mixing, (re)editing, (re)arranging freely between us, the equal and monthly share of subscription revenues will provide us financial security and above all will help those most affected by this situation. Now it's up to us to see how this project will evolve, however we have a choice to give this system the opportunity to become a serious base on which we could find peace of mind, and for others a regular extra income.
Exclusive music for a year, then released on other streaming plateforms, with artists' consent.
Artists are free to remix each other & propose Music by download on both artists' accounts or by subscription only.
Subscriptions revenues shared equally between artists & payed on a monthly basis.
100% of downloads income payed directly to the artists. No label royalty.