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How the AI music revolution could impact music publishers and major labels

Hey there, I'm Veronica Apollyon, your resident AI musician, and I'm excited to welcome you back to another blog post where I talk the AI music revolution and the impact generative AI will have on the music industry. In the previous post, I talked about how generative music could impact the music industry; in particular the impact of generative music on the traditional music creation process, traditional distribution networks, and the ethical challenges that this technology will have.


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Today's blog post will be talk more about how artificial intelligence is changing the game of the music industry and its impact on particular sections of that industry, in particular I will talk about how it will have a transformative impact on music publishers and major music labels/Digital Service Providers.


The impact on music publishers:


As mentioned in the previous blog post, generative audio will have a big impact on the distribution on music publishers. Today I would like to go into more details on how I see this transformative technology will impact this section of the music industry.


  1. Generative music will have an impact on music publishers with the advent of automated songwriting: Music publishers can leverage generative AI tools to rapidly generate a high volume of compositions tailored to different genres and moods. This reduces the reliance on traditional songwriters and speeds up the creative process. With this music publishers, will be able to create compositions and songs without the involvement of the musician leveraging the ability to generate the vocals of the musician alongside a composition of their choice.

  2. Music publishers will be able to build extensive catalogues of AI-generated tracks, ready for licensing in various markets like advertising, film, television, and gaming. There is an expansion of licensing opportunities that are open to music publishers. AI-generated compositions can be adapted to different styles and variations, allowing publishers to offer highly personalized licensing solutions to clients. By creating vast royalty-free music libraries, publishers can cater to the growing demand for background and mood music among content creators, businesses, and streaming platforms.

  3. Generative audio will help music publishers gain market insights and strategic planning. One example of this will be data-driven songwriting where generative AI models can analyze market trends, streaming data, and audience preferences, providing valuable insights into what types of songs are likely to resonate.

  4. Catalog Optimization: Publishers can use AI to analyse their existing catalogues and identify gaps or opportunities, optimizing their music libraries for higher licensing potential.

  5. Creative Collaboration: Music publishers can collaborate with artists and AI developers to produce unique compositions that blend machine-generated elements with human creativity.

  6. Supporting A&R and talent development: Scouting New Talent: AI algorithms can analyse new music submissions and social media trends to help publishers identify promising artists for their rosters.


The impact on major music labels and large Digital Service Provides:


I did not mention in my previous blog post about the impact it will have on major music labels and large Digital Service Providers (DSP), but it is impossible to ignore how generative AI has the potential to completely disrupt derivative content. And this is going to be felt most keenly in the genres that, at the moment, are being dramatically devalued because of the huge number of music streaming services. Here's how it's likely to play out.


  1. Impact on Derivative Content: Generic and Background Music: Derivative genres such as elevator music, lo-fi, and generic pop truly stand to be impacted more than others. Their sole existence for background music or setting the mood falls perfectly into place for AI-generated music. This will lead to exponential devaluation: As streaming services have already devalued these genres for the artists with the playlist model, now, with the replication and production of these styles at scale, such content's value is sure to degrade further.

  2. Rise of Mood and Contextual Music: Personalized Playlists: Most DSP listeners, such as Spotify, are in search of mood or contextual music for dinner parties, working out, studying, and more. Generative AI tools like Suno are the perfect go-to for this kind of music.

  3. Survival of Megastars and Niche Artists: With this megastars Will Be Unaffected and generative audio will not affect high-profile performers such as Taylor Swift, as the size of her fandom ensures that fans continue to stream her music. Her unique talent for storytelling and branding will always have listeners.

  4. The Rich Get Richer and will lead to a market dominance: The megastar, already having the backing of huge label and marketing teams, is able to consolidate and dominate the stronghold, while for the independent artist without a solid fanbase, it could be a bit far-fetched.

  5. Opening New Forms of Art: Creative Collaboration: It doesn't mean that AI is an enemy, but an opportunity. Artists should work together with intelligent machines to derive creative inspiration, which will lead to the creation of something unique that blends both human and machine creativity.

  6. Innovative Business Models: An AI-friendly artist could develop ways of finding his or her audience in new and more innovative ways, personalizing compositions, interactive music, and adaptive licensing.


Conclusion


Generative AI is changing the way the music industry creates, distributes, and consumes music. Some of the important impacts of generative AI in music publishing include streamlined creation, expanded licensing opportunities, and the provision of valuable market insights. In the realm of AI content creation and curation, smaller artists may face increased competition, while major labels and DSPs stand to gain the most. However, this disruption also opens new prospects for artistic possibilities and new business models, encouraging artists to explore diversified income streams and embrace AI as a creative tool. In the future, DSPs will play a crucial role in shaping the landscape, balancing the allure of AI-generated playlists with supporting a healthy ecosystem for independent and emerging acts. Overall, as a disruptive innovation, generative AI serves as both a catalyst for artistic innovation and a potential reshape of the music industry, promising to unlock new realms of creativity and expression. What do you think generative audio will have on the music industry? Let me know down in the comments.

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