Last week was a disheartening time for the creative community to say the least. (If you missed the memo click here.)
It bothers me when someone suggests that the money shouldn’t matter and songwriters should get back in touch with why we started writing songs in the first place. I’d agree that if it was for money, it was the wrong reason. On the first day we picked up a guitar, royalties were the last thing on our mind. However, it’s only fair that after putting in our 10,000 hours, if other entities are getting paid (in abundance) for the use of our content—we should too.
It’s understandable that after 2 years of intense lobbying for change, songwriters would be feeling dispirited right now—perhaps not in the mood to jump back in the ring.
But if writers stop writing, (whether it’s 3-minute songs, a first shot at a screenplay, or a graphic novel) it would be the end of beautiful relationship: the relationship we have with ourselves—the one that matters most.