Happy 10th Birthday Mixstream Radio!

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Happy 10 Years Mixstream Radio!!
Celebrating 10 years of streaming live DJ shows is quite a phenomenal tenure.
**Saturday June 9th we’re hosting a special show and we hope you’ll join us in chat**
Some personal thoughts I’d like to share:
Last Fall when I learned that the radio side of http://www.mixposure.com would celebrate a decade of live DJ shows I felt a huge sense of pride for what Dazed, WildCherry,and all of you Mixposure members have succeeded in building together.
Along with that pride I have a real fondness for the artists and their respective music, then there is my fondness and pride for all the past DJ’s, and our current DJ Team; Bubba, TV, Tricia, Larry and TeddZ.
We have a devoted chat room community of participants who often say that we are a family, I agree -We are definitely a uniquely rare music community!
Between the stellar caliber of music chops, the collective musicianship, the collaborations between artists, and the devoted support of listeners Mix has become a solid music site that remains a fresh and a credible source for anyone involved in music.
If you are a musician, a songwriter, booking agent, a band manager or someone looking for an alternative to mainstream over commercialized music then Mixposure is where you will find a place to call home.
After having the great pleasure of bringing Barefoot Rock n Blues to you every Sunday evening last summer I was asked to consider managing the radio station side of Mix, happily I will say with great satisfaction that I’ve not regretted agreeing to this adventure for one single second. This community, the listeners, the artists; their music, the collaborations between artists, as well as their friendships are a continuous source of personal inspiration, growth and encouragement. I’ve been involved in some aspect of independent  music since my first job booking local bands for a coffeehouse in the early 70’s but never has my sense of commitment and passion for this independent music philosophy been as strong as it is today at Mix.
I want to Thank you Dazed, WildCherry and all you Mixsters! Congratulations!
~ Toni
p. s. I’d like to add that if you are an Independent musician/songwriter of original music and not a Mix member I honestly and respectfully believe you are doing a great disservice to yourself and your music. We should talk.

On-Line Busking ~ Supporting Live Music

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On-line Busking & House Concerts 

Music and how it’s being created, performed, and even recorded is evolving all the time in new platforms in which an audience of fans hears and experiences music today. 

How independent radio is helping even the playing field in the music industry is a strong indicator of the changes, especially for Independent musicians. 
The evolution in the music industry is fascinating and recently I have been following the ongoing debate about artist’s compensation. 
Whether it be from music accessed via the old-fashioned ( and hopefully not extinct) CD/Record store, digitally through the Internet, or live performances, it’s obvious that most artist’ are still not being compensated righteously.
Music sites routinely offer up incentives for their music contributors, listener’s are measured, yet typically most music sites have no further interest past how many hits/views an artist page receives. 
Many of these sites offer free artist’s pages and a platform to charge for downloads of their music, but unless the artist has a strong and wide fan base they make little from their music sales. 
Live performances still are how artists create the kind of exposure that sells their music.
The marketing savvy band/artist knows that building a demand for their live performances is what creates the exposure they need to sell their music and merchandise. . 
But even setting a fair price for performance compensation is difficult,  and all the while there’s the risk that ALL of an artist’s music is being made available for free. 

It’s obvious that the mainstream music industry in general have consistently failed to respond to what the artist’s needs to make an adequate living, what the listener wants, and what the current realities to cyberspace and music are.

Admittedly there is no shortage of great music and access to it today, and for both the music maker’s and the listener’s it’s become  a matter of choices. With little surprise live music performances (despite the quality of recorded music) is still the popular choice for fans to hear and see their favorite artists/bands. 
Everyone wants to be heard. Everyone wants to hear.
Making that happen is easier today than ever.
On-line Busking, aka Net-Busking is fast becoming one of the platforms to see a favorite artist’s live gig, and in the privacy of your own home. Much like the pay-per view sporting events that family & friends get together for, so are people “Busking” music. 
“Busking” is a common term for the act of performing in a public area for voluntary donations of change.
I just experienced my first On-line Busking performance The artist I watched streaming his music live was doing so for free on the Internet, on a site set up for this kind of platform, and there is a way to tip the artist available on this particular site. I’m not naming the site only because I am not advertising the site, but if you search you’ll find a few links.
Instead I am hoping to engage a discussion here about this particular platform. From a personal perspective as a music fan I see great potential that this is a phenomenal way to support Independent Live Music,  and to hear and see live performances
An artist/band needs only a web-cam & microphone, their music, and they can be live streaming or pod-casting right into our homes. 
On-line Busking into House Concerts can get create more visibility to build a wider fan base. Performances for those who live outside the main tour hubs would have the option of live performances that the artist’s offer, while this concept of performing for fans allows the artist’s and fan’s to create a meaningful connection and making life-long fans. I see even the potential for fan’s to really have th power of the people right at their finger tips in deciding which songs will became chart toppers.

Along with the benefit of exposure for the artists there is this idea of the Virtual “TipHat ” (Tip Jar) so that listener’s may actually tip the performers who are busking online. That’s the other half to Busking -“Tips”
Sites that specialize in On line Busking have the ability for fans to tip in place. I am a fan of this concept ands aw it in action today.
I read a really good article that spells this concept out better than I. http://futureofmusic.org/article/virtual-tip-jar-or-charity-case
Making a living as an artist has never been easy, the largest percentage of artist’s in the business are performing their music out of a passion & devotion, making the cliché “Starving Artist” more true than we’d like to see. 
I’m beginning to see the real advantages to On-line Busking. 
What’s your thoughts?