The organization is our protest song

Part one: The part about how we’re systematically robbing artists of their voices — a critical part of our culture being silenced at the altar of new economies

I was having a conversation with a friend not long ago. He’s been making his living with his music for more than twenty years. He’s not Bono but he’s sold plenty of records. He’s an established name regarded by many — myself included — as one of the great songwriters of his generation.

Part two: The part about how we pretty much fucked up the idea of social entrepreneurship and how we can reshape the nonprofit sector to fix it

To find new ways to support artists we must reexamine how we view economic structures. University economics aside, we generally talk about transactions in a binary sense with buyers and sellers, but little consideration for additional effects they may have to the world at large.

Part three: The part where I bring it back to musicians and talk about what I think needs to be done — hopefully in a way that can be translated to all creative industries

I’m part of a nonprofit organization called CASH Music. Our mission is to help find career sustainability for musicians, making sure their voices won’t fade into the background. All of the ideas above drive us, and the organization itself is our protest song.