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This is a show about making art and the creative process in the context of massive digital transformation of how art is funded, distributed and enjoyed. convenes on Fireside on Wednesdays (21:30 Central European Time, 15:30 Eastern, 12:30 Pacific) to examine the utility and ongoing evolution of NFTs, in particular as applied to the world of art and artists. Personally, I am almost fully convinced that, within a few short years, NFTs will become just another way for artists to get paid – in addition to commissions, publishing (royalties), live gigs, exhibition fees and endorsements. As soon as someone has figured out the right way to view the various forms of NFTs and engage with them, and their creators, the dots will be connected and the market will be ready to accept this mechanism at the retail level. (For instance, my friend Matthias Röder says, he’d “love to throw Urban Symphony on his big-ass TV and enjoy it in the living room.” I think he is onto something.)

The show is focused largely on the creative industries and the broader cultural sphere but of course software is software so the insights and take-aways will be applicable elsewhere. Yes, NFTs are a game changer. They are a real world application of blockchain tech, with most of the pieces in place to cause some important changes. By far the most exciting aspect I see are the possibilities of connecting the real (experiences and objects) and the virtual. In my world (the culture industries) this is a big thing.

NFTs have added high-calibre artillery to the well-established means by which artists get paid. This is a formative moment in the history of art and technology, which is precisely why there needs to be ongoing conversation about what these new digital tools are for, what they are probably not for, and, most importantly, what they mean for individual artists’ ability to continue working and creating.

If you’re at all interested in this subject, would like to chat, take part in a show or just generally keep an eye on its development, head for the contact page, shoot me a message, and I’ll send you an invitation to the show’s Slack. Oh, and you can join Fireside HERE 001 : The future of the music business with Steve Stewart.

Steve is a music industry veteran, having managed more than twenty musical acts including the Stone Temple Pilots over a career that has spanned some three decades. He is now working hard to build a platform enabling fans to engage directly with their favourite artists, through fractionalisation of royalty revenue and community building.