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Creative Close-Up: From Digital Music News…..

July 29 / 17 Hey everybody…it’s time for a Creative Close-Up. I found a recent article about music streaming, courtesy of Digital Music News. This has been updated to show you how much the artists are making. Read it and see for yourself. Digital Music News What Streaming Music Services Pay (Updated for 2017) Daniel Adrian Sanchez    July 24, 2017 So, how much can you expect to get from Spotify, Apple Music, and other streaming platforms? Music streaming services have helped to spark a revival in the music industry.  This year alone, major labels have reported record-breaking revenue. But how much are artists actually earning? We’ve been compiling data on this for a few years.  But getting a comprehensive, overarching look is pretty difficult.  Now, Information is Beautiful has released a new infograph showing how much major streaming services actually pay.  It reflects their best efforts to amass per-stream data into one diagram. + Calculate Your Earnings from Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora, Amazon, Google Play & More Two years ago, the team at Information is Beautiful did the same analysis.  They …

Creative Close-Up: Which Music Streaming Service is Best for You?

October 26, 2015 I love music, doesn’t matter if it’s rock, jazz, pop, metal or maybe a little country, I just love music. Over the years, music streaming has become the norm. Who can remember Napster? Now we have Apple, Rhapsody, Pandora, Spotify, and now there is Tidal. When iTunes came on the scene, I came aboard with it. Now I’m trying Apple Music, so far so good, but it needs more bug fixing. I also have an account with Spotify. It was premium, but now it’s a free account. Crazy yes, but that’s how I work. Both Apple Music and Spotify are pretty good. At first I couldn’t tell which quality of sound was perfect. The winner goes to Apple, because it’s sound is near perfection. Tidal is the new kid on the block of music streaming. They claim that they’re the first music service with High Fidelity sound quality, High Definition music videos. I have no doubt that it’s true. As we all know Jay-Z and 17 other artists including Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj, Madonna, to name …

Creative Close-Up: Finding Your Creative Niche

September 28, 2015 Niche:  A position or activity that particularly suits somebody’s talents and personality or that somebody can make his or her own. Whenever you create something, doesn’t matter if its painting, photography, or music, you want to put your own stamp on it…in other words you want to put your very own creative niche into the work. It’s all about finding your creative niche. You know your personality is like, for some artists, they put that aspect into their work. What they put on canvas, paper….not only is it a part of their personality, but also what they’ve experience in the past few years. They can’t go on painting or drawing the same thing. Each part of their work has a time period. Someone or something from their past, their present has been a source of creativity. The same goes for singers and musicians. Again, the past and present has a way of coming together when you hear a piece of music, a song. All about that creative niche. Some of them have …

Art Close-Up: Articles Worth Reading

April 27, 2015 Morning all. May will be here this Friday and I’m getting it all together, but first, I want to share six articles with you that may be worth your while….   Use QR Codes to Share Your Art Niche Markets in the New Economy Increase Your Illustration Income With Tostadora Avoid These 7 Mistakes When Photographing Art Obama Administration’s Tax Reforms Target Art Collectors The Best Way to Collect Contemporary Art: Patiently & Passionately I wanted to shake Art Close-Up a bit, just something different. Lots of stuff for tomorrow, so please continue to visit! Enjoy your Tuesday and always be blessed!   featured image unknown

Art Close-Up: Bjork Retrospective @ MoMA….What’s Really Going On?

March 30, 2015 A certain exhibition has critics in an uproar. That should be the name of this post. As some of you already know or don’t know, is that Icelandic pop icon Bjork has an exhibition that is now held at MoMA and will be there till early June of this year. I was surprised by this because, I mean I know who Bjork is. I’m familiar with her music, it just took me off guard, because I didn’t think she would even consider doing that type of thing. Too bad I can’t just pop up at MoMA to see the exhibit, but that’s alright. What’s really got my attention is the press the exhibition is getting. So far it’s generating pretty bad reviews. Art critics have pounced and they are holding no punches. Some reviews have been blunt to downright biting…. “Scant, cramped overview….jammed into a tacky little two-story pavilion….Bjork should have said no-not because her work isn’t museum-worthy, but because, as proved here, the Modern is not up to the task.” Roberta …

Art Close-Up: Fighting & Expressing Racism Through Art

February 23, 2015 Good Afternoon. Last week of February and have things lined up for the week. Let’s look at this month’s Art Close-Up. I really wanted readers to know how I feel about the subject of racism. Let’s face it. It’s the 21st century and racism still exists. It’s a sad and very frustrating problem. I was watching a little bit of The Book of Negros on BET last week. This program and several films about slavery are hard to watch. Mainly because it tells the hard, cold truth of how slavery was for our ancestors. Taken away from their homes, crossing the Atlantic in the most despicable conditions no human can simply imagine. Even so, we still need to know how hard they fought not only for freedom, but also that future generations know what sacrifices they made for us. Our ancestors were free, but it was still an uphill battle, especially in the American South. Look at the Harlem Renaissance. The prevailing theme was racial consciousness. African-American writers, artists, musicians, poets, even …

ART CLOSE-UP: WHAT INSPIRES US ARTISTICALLY

November 24, 2014 Hello! November is almost over and the last post is coming close as well, but let’s talk about today’s subject, it’s not long. Just short and to the point. As artists, photographers, or sculptures we love to put together great art, but what makes us tick or inspire us to create these works? It doesn’t matter where we are in the world, we get inspired by pretty much everything. A tv show, food, fashion, films, cartoons, nature….the list goes on and on and on. Inspiration comes in many ways. For me, I survey my environment or where I am. I could be sitting at a park bench or maybe Starbucks and watch people going about their day. Then I can sketch a bit in my sketchbook to get that inspiration going. Fashion is another one. The way the models move with the latest couture dress. They make the clothes look effortless and flawless. Seeing a person in a magazine….ok your fav actor or actress. Of course there are other artists that inspire …

ART CLOSE-UP: HOW IMPORTANT IS ART AND MUSIC EDUCATION IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS?

October 27, 2014 Hello. Last Monday for the month and I’m asking this question: How Important Is Art and Music Education in Public Schools? How important is art and music education in public schools? I know the perfect answer to this: it is very important. You hear the words budget cuts, test scores, public funding, but art and music education play a very important role in a child’s education. I’ve heard about how art and music are taking a back seat, being pushed aside so that kids can focus on reading, math, and science. In an 2013 article from Think Progress titled Public Schools Slash Arts Education and Turn to Private Funding by Marina Fang, Chicago Public Schools laid off over 1,000 teachers as a result of its recent decision to close over 50 schools. Most of those teachers taught art or music, but the numbers were a bit higher than that. Chicago is not the only city slashing arts and music. It’s sadly becoming a trend, but there is hope. Not only do we want …