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The Music Business Is Not A Game
Old 8th August 2019
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The Music Business Is Not A Game

Does anyone besides me hate when people speak of the music business as a game e.g. the music game, etc. as unless I'm wrong many "rules" in the business are unspoken.
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Does anyone besides me hate when people speak of the music business as a game e.g. the music game, etc. as unless I'm wrong many "rules" in the business are unspoken.
Yes, this is almost as annoying as describing equipment as "warm".*




*unless you mean it is warm to the touch.
Old 9th August 2019
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What do "they" even mean with "game" though? And which rules are you referring to?
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What do "they" even mean with "game" though?
The business usually.
Like when some people call the building trade the building game.
Doesn’t mean they take it any less seriously though.
Old 9th August 2019
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In a sense "business" is a "game" though.
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In a sense "business" is a "game" though.
Sort of like, erm, the 'Game' of Life?...

Ok - I'll go now...
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It'a all a game, the problem is you're just a pawn.
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Does anyone besides me hate when people speak of the music business as a game e.g. the music game, etc.
Of the hate-worthy things in the world, this is pretty far down on my list.
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In a sense "business" is a "game" though.
Hence the term.
Old 12th August 2019
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Does anyone besides me hate when people speak of the music business as a game e.g. the music game, etc. as unless I'm wrong many "rules" in the business are unspoken.
Yes many use that saying & reference to game.
And true there are many rules unspoken.

Business is seen as a game, cause many are set to win something.
Like a game, there are winners & losers in business,
competing over fans & market share, reputation, innovation etc.
That's an game aspect of competition, playing their market, companies taking turns on business tactical moves, release dates etc.

Another aspect of the business game, is to have fun with your business.
If someone doesn't like the game, meaning don't like the business they're in,
Then why play or run such businesses.
People also say to have fun in what you do, running your business should feel joyous like playing a game, otherwise it's all hard work & you'll be miserable.
"All Work & No Play" stems from that

"Don't hate the player, hate the game" is also a popular one
meaning one is doing his business in a crafty manner required by circumstances.
And doesn't want to get discredited as a cheat in any way because of it.
Ofcourse everyone would hate to hear that line, especially from the person who has cheated them!

Collaboration/ joint ventures are also pitched as "I'm game" joining the game.
Like a hunter is hunting his "game" so are businesses hunting theirs.
To take home their "prize" gold awards, gold records etc.

If one loses part of the business, lost the competition or market etc.
Not to be a "sore loser" and to be "a sport" sayings goes around as well.
"Don't flip the board" when things go wrong it's not "game over"

Here's another few reasons why Music Business & Business in general are seen as a game.
Everyone plays to win, & they bet on themselves first. They're taking risks.
Some cheat, some deceive, saying it's all part of the game to get to their prize.
Nobody said it was fair, even if one played & won fair & square.
Getting even on the next turn is all fair game. Healthy competition.
You win some, lose some, but you'll get back in the game.
Some play it safe & take less risks, another puts it all on the line.

One can do well if they're playing by the rules & regulations.
Think of copyright, neighbouring rights, trademarks, licencing, patents, law etc.
On another hand rules are meant to be broken to innovate.
Think illegal download of music in the business & the rise of streaming.
Which was a "game changer" for the industry & the fight against piracy.

But on rules in the business being unspoken it's true.
And from what I've seen & know
the rules are revealed as you go. I've learned lots of rules the hard way.
Small businesses or starting artists are often competing from a college mentality or innocent childish manner.
But the higher you go, the more shady it often gets.
Like with corporate organisations it's operated like a crime syndicate internally. Think of shady contracts, exploitations etc.
Big bosses shouts orders at little boss, he then shouts orders to his employees etc down to the one who executes the work.
Everyone is at risk, pinching in or given the squeeze.
Seen it the same with many businesses.
Media businesses, big labels, real estate businesses you name it.
Same type of game, but different "playing field" & different key players.
Company regulations, like music regulations are setting the rules & laws,
To "level the playing fields" for everyone in that market to play fair. Fair trade, WIPO, IFPI etc.
As a rule of thumb it's said to always Mind your own business & focus on playing your own hand in the game.
Whilst constantly watching the market evolve, keeping up to date on everything & everyone.
Planning accordingly is the marketing plan or game plan

As you can see, I LOVE Business ... but I don't really Play Games hahah
There are way too many terms of game like business ethics to write down

Anyway look at business or music business the way you want to & feel comfortable with.
But if you still hate when people refer to it that way,
They'll say it's your problem not theirs. Things are the way they are.
Just have fun with it
Have a great day Game on Bro!
Old 12th August 2019
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I'm @ Victor Valiant a "sis" and what rules have you learned?
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