Making a living from music is tough. Live events haven't exactly been buzzing over the past year, physical media sales are largely in freefall, and — unless you're a Drake or a Taylor Swift — streaming revenue is probably more of a drip than a stream. For more than a decade — 4,450-something days to be precise — Jonathan Mann has been steadily plugging away at his career as a musician. In addition to doing corporate gigs and commissions, he writes and posts a Song A Day on YouTube. He's attracted a decent amount of attention from this but, like the overwhelming majority of artists, it's still a grind to find ways to monetize his talent. A couple of years ago, Mann learned about CryptoPunks, a project carried out by a pair of technologist-artists who posted and sold a set of 10,000 unique characters on the Ethereum blockchain, with no two figures quite alike. He was fascinated. What if, Mann wondered, he took his first year of Song A Day songs, 365 in all, and put them on the blockchain as non-fungible tokens for purchase? He set a price of 0.1 Ethereum each, roughly equivalent to $180. Then he waited…. Read full this story
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