Sean O'Neil 
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Re: “Musical Economy

I've thought about this a lot too. One possibility is creating a local tax credit (or some-such incentive) for artists/musicians. There'd have to be some requirement, perhaps based on work production per year (maybe x-amount of songs released, or pieces of art per year). There are other similar ideas that could create a magnet effect for the city that might pull in already established bands as well. I remember the the band All moved from CA to MO in the '90s because it was cheap to live and centralized for touring purposes. As more good bands show up in Indy to live, they will be followed by fans, including talented ones.

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Posted by Sean O'Neil on 08/28/2013 at 1:04 PM

Re: “State of the Music II

I've thought for a long time (since the early '90s) that Indy's music scene criticism has been generally more of a booster club than a critic pool. But I think the reason was that everyone was so concerned about fostering the seemingly-delicate local scene that pieces tended to be mostly informational and ranged from friendly to fawning. Though I always appreciated being treated kindly in the press on the rare instances my bands were featured, I did feel as though it may have done the scene a certain disservice in the regard that sometimes handling things with kid gloves makes them appear delicate and precarious. Sometimes honesty (not always easy to do, of course) and even brutal truth make the things we do stronger and more vital, both in appearances and in reality. It's a tough balancing act, though, given the small amount of space given each week to local music (at least in the past). You don't want to waste your print space on a band you don't really like.

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Posted by Sean O'Neil on 08/14/2013 at 11:14 AM

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