Artist Press Kit
Right now artists are having to pay for a press kit. The most popular press kit system is attached to a network of venues. The artist has to pay to be connected to these venues. The artist pays the owner of the venue to listen to the music and the press kit company take half that money plus a membership of over 50 dollars a year. The artist is able to email this press kit to any venue from within the press kit. A video link as well as music is able to be played when visiting the music press kit. Consider that the artist press kit could be for all forms of art not just music.
At the moment due to the blanket license system that the collection societies have over space (in all countries except the US), artists are being encouraged to perform covers. Many venues demand that artists perform covers and singing covers for many artists is their bread and butter. Many might say these performers are not artists. Often when they write their own songs they sound very familiar. Collection societies are promoting the re-use of popular material, this has a major impact on our culture. A press kit that was aimed at artists that only wanted to perform their original works in a space would be embraced by many venues. Its only when the artist starts to sing songs that she or he did not create that the collection society is able to ask for a fee. In most cases the self published artist finds it difficult to compete with well published materials in the venue situation. Often the artist is forced by the audience and the venue owner into an uncomfortable compromise. These are reason why the scene is so dead places.
Many galleries, free culture spaces and cafes would be happy to connect to this press kit system. If a fee needed to be introduced into the system (due to having a lot of submissions) it might go to the venues nominated charity. If artists are not with a collection society what is stopping these artists working in conjunction with major festivals to have a stage of free culture ?
The conditions could be that the artist would have to have a set of original music/art licensed under cc to participate. Its possible that artists could re-use material already in the press kit system for a performance. Artists would be able to collaborate through the press kit system. People might create songs for an artists to sing.
With this kind of system in place, conditions could be better for artists that canceled their membership with a collection society. A press kit like this would encourage artists to perform materials not owned by publishers. The collection societies work best for artists that have publishers promoting their materials. I can find little reason for an artist not with a publisher to have their rights controlled by a collection society.