12/28/2010

Giving back....

The reason for the season is not completely forgotten.  As so greatly illustrated by Joy to the World Fest, there are those that care. By working within the community Tyrone L.Gilliams has created an organization that creates a united function to benefit the community in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  This in turn encourages the community to look within itself to help others.  This four-day event is created to have something for everyone from young to old.  Different activities that are not just adult related and spreading the events over four days not only gives many in the community to participate but also ensures the money for the cause.  Having such artist such as Jamie Fox or P. Diddy are only the topping to the cake.  This event embraces the local artist that are form the area that want to give back.  Such artist as Meek Mills or Young Chris are featured in concert that is hosted by Terrance form Bet’s 106 in Park on December 18, 2010.  Having one day where children 4-16 are able to come and enjoy a day of free games, rides, food and music is what many in the community need.  This day was also filled with the option of health screening, which many in today’s society go without mainly because they are not able to afford such luxury.  Encouraging many people to bring an unwrapped gift to give to another is magical moment, and is also encouraged during this event.   Things do not stop there though.  This event is a blessing in many ways.  Most events such as this one are usually done in one day where as Mr. Gilliam has created an organization that is organized for more than a day and not only provide entertainment and food but much needed moral boost and encouragement.  This event doesn't just end with hugs and handshakes but with inspiration from inspirational artist like Regina Bell and Yesha and from the Senator Anthony Hardy Williams, himself.  Through reminding the community that is okay to have dreams and even better to reach for them this event was sure to bring the Christmas spirit to some who may have given up on themselves and their dreams.  This helps to give many of those that are less fortunate the opportunity to participate in some form or fashion.  

12/24/2010

Music and Technology


It has become painfully obvious of the decline in profits in the music industry.  There are many ways to slow this decline but which way is the correct way or the most profitable way.  According to Johnny Ryan and All├Ęgre L. Hadida, the music industry may be able to pick up some of the speed through the gaming industry.  Comparing the gaming industry to the music industry one can see how the music industry may not be using all of its options to its fullest.  By zoning more into the gaming industry the music industry will not only have better control over piracy, but it may also open new and more venues to the public to enjoy all forms of music.  By giving the public more option to explore enjoy and create through different venues that require customers to become part of a virtual club gives some, if not all, of the control back to the industry.  By using virtual gaming consumers may be able to create music with friends all over the world as well as participate in creation of tracks with different artist. This may be something that more companies in the music industry should take into consideration if they have not already.  Most music companies have back catalogues that may be use, which will give a financial foundation to build from, and consumer relationship that is sure to grow granted the club serves the consumer wants and needs. Through gaming consumers will have less need to copy music to share if they are able to share with others them online.  The music industry is not totally lost to the digital cause. Jon Fine believes that the music industry will be fine.  He makes a points out that as long as there is someone willing to create there will always be someone to listen to it, as well as the fact that in this digital age artist are able to reap more of the profits for themselves by cutting out the middle man.  What does this mean for the music industry?  My understanding is that there will always be a need to create music and as long as there is some form to sell it or purchase it there is no need to worry.