November 29, 2022

Younger artists on the highway face demise by a thousand merch cuts, as Jack Antonoff identified on Twitter November 18th, writing that venues “fuck artist[s] so arduous” by “taxing merch.”

The sustainability of post-pandemic touring has been hotly debated in current months, particularly with what Lorde known as the “demented battle to interrupt even or face debt.” Antonoff, a frequent Lorde collaborator, tweeted, “whereas we’re having the dialogue can venues merely cease taxing merch of artists? that is actually the one means you earn a living while you begin out touring.”

In a sequence of posts, he added, “the extra we make it tenable for younger and small artists to make a dwelling on the highway the extra nice music we are going to get,” persevering with, “touring is among the most trustworthy methods to make a dwelling. among the hardest and most heartfelt work you are able to do. so why should fuck artist[s] so arduous?”

Based on Antonoff, a couple of “easy options” could be to “cease taxing merch, cease mendacity to artists about prices of placing on exhibits, [and] embody artists in additional areas of income. the tales i might inform from my years touring are bananas. younger artists on tour are the final to see any cash.” Take a look at his tweets on the topic under.

Antonoff isn’t the one artist to speak about merch gross sales, although some have been extra aggressive about it than others. Over the summer time, metalcore act Alpha Wolf known as out the venue for taking merch cuts mid-performance.

In current months, artists giant and small have been compelled to cancel excursions for causes each monetary and referring to psychological well being, together with, Animal Collective, Santigold, Anthrax, Arlo Parks, Shawn Mendes, and Sam Fender. Revisit our current essay, “Touring Has a Psychological Well being Drawback. How Do We Repair It?”

Antonoff not too long ago produced Taylor Swift’s new album, Midnights, and he or she’s been bringing consideration to a different potential hardship going through touring musicians, which is Dwell Nation and Ticketmaster’s dominant market share. After misjudging pre-sale for her “The Eras Tour,” Ticketmaster was compelled to cancel normal on-sale, leaving Swift to state that their dealing with of the matter “actually pisses me off.” Dwell Nation and Ticketmaster are additionally going through a Justice Division investigation into antitrust violations.

When you’d like, you’ll be able to revisit our rating of all 275 songs that Antonoff has produced.

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