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Ariel Hyatt

MFM “Speaks Out” EP 36: Ariel Hyatt on New Ways to Monetize Music

“The Old Ways of Music Monetization are Gone, and We Have to Think of Other Ways of Monetization” – Ariel Hyatt

In this episode of MFM Speaks OutDawoud Kringle interviews Ariel Hyatt. Ariel is a digital marketer, writer, and teacher who assists independent musicians in career development. She is the author of Music Success in 9 Weeks (2009), Cyber PR For Musicians (2013), Crowdstart (2016), and other books. Hyatt worked at New York City’s WNEW-FM, and the What Are Records? record label. She moved to Boulder CO, where she managed and handled publicity for the funk band, Lord of Word. She is also the founder and owner of the New York-based public relations firm Cyber PR. Her clients included the Toasters and George Clinton.


CD Review: VOYAGERS “Chasing Light”

Title: Chasing Light
Label: Lion Songs Rec
Music Genre: West African trad music

CD Review by Dawoud Kringle

MFM members are familiar with our brother Banning Eyre. (In July 2021, Eyre was the guest on an MFM webinar on bringing African music to the American music scene: https://musiciansformusicians.org/2021/07/report-mfm-zoom-webinar-5-with-banning-eyre/).

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Ken Butler

“MFM SPEAKS OUT” EP 35 with Ken Butler on Music Meets Sculpture

“I’ve Always Been Interested in Finding Connections Between Art and Music” – Ken Butler

Ken ButlerOur guest is Ken Butler.  Ken is a musician, experimental musical instrument builder, and visual artist. He builds hybrid musical instruments and other artworks that explore the interaction and transformation of common and uncommon objects, altered images, sounds and silence. His work combines live music, instrument design, performance art, theater, sculpture, and other forms of visual art. He is internationally recognized as an innovator of experimental musical instruments created from diverse materials including tools, sports equipment, and household objects. Butler has performed with John Zorn, Laurie Anderson, David Van Tieghem, Butch Morris, The Soldier String Quartet, Matt Darriau’s Paradox Trio, The Tonight Show Band, and The Master Gnawa musicians of Morocco.


NFTs: Medicine or Poison?

An Editorial by Dawoud Kringle

Let’s wind the clocks back to the early 1630s, in Holland. Tulips were considered a status symbol for the elite. By 1634, tulipmania swept through Holland. Rich people held onto them as investments, and rare and unusually-colored tulips became highly prized. According to The Library of Economics and Liberty, “it was deemed a proof of bad taste in any man of fortune to be without a collection of tulips.” The Dutch stock markets even traded the bulbs as a commodity. The value of tulip bulbs became so inflated that a single Semper Augustus tulip bulb was valued at 3,000 florins (adjusted to modern currency exchanges, the equivalent of over $1,100,000).

By the end of 1637, however, Dutch tulip wholesalers found almost no buyers for them and the tulip bubble burst. Within days, the price of tulips plummeted, resulting in a devastating crash of the entire tulip market. The collapse of the tulip trade caused a widespread economic disaster throughout the Dutch economy. Many people lost massive amounts of money by betting on an investment that was doomed to fail from the start.

Status symbols and vanity aside, these 17th Century people invested heavily in tulips for no reason other than that they believed there would always be someone willing to purchase the bulbs from them at a higher price. This practice is built on the gamble that one would not be the last person holding on to the asset when its value collapses.

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