Hey guys, The short version: Please can you complete my survey! cord blood banks & The long version: For my final research project for uni, I'm exploring different ways artists can make money in the new economy. I'm of the opinion that illegal downloading can't be stopped, and that the only way to not lose money due to piracy, is to not make most of your money from exploiting copyrights, i.e. (in simple terms) give all your music away for free and make your money elsewhere. How an artist could do this, is what I'm trying to figure out... I should also mention, my concept (and survey) has small unsigned bands in mind. I do realise there's a lot more to it, but I wouldn't want to bore you too much right now, but if you're interested, here are some links to some of the concepts I've been studying (you may have heard of a few already), with the point of my research being to create this 'super concept' that will save the industry... All you need is 1,000 True Fans who spend $100 to earn a living: http://www.kk.org/thetechnium/archives/2008/03/1000_true_fans.php on the same note of giving music away cheap or free to 'casual fans' and cashing in on True Fans who will pay more for specialised more personal releases: http://ghosts.nin.com/main/order_options (click on the different album price packages) http://joshfreese.com/buynow/ Buy shares in your favorite artist's new album: http://heheheheheheheeheheheehehe.com/2008/07/i-am-offering-60-of-us-royal ties-of-my.html http://www.formyband.com Street Performer Protocol - once band gets target amount of donations they release album for free: cord blood banks /583 http://www.kickstarter.com/ - - - this one looks like it will be pretty good, a bit like fundable Also Bowie Bonds: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bowie_Bonds There are more, but this is getting long lol Basically my new concept takes the best parts from each, whilst studying human behavior, along with online spending and interaction, to determine how successful it will be. Anyway, I hope you complete my survey to help me out!