It was wonderful to meet musician and creative activist, Imogen Heap, at one of the Creative Industries Federation‘s breakfasts last week in London.

(Love being a member of the Federation, which does sterling work here for creatives of all kinds here in the UK)

I’m hoping to have Imogen on the Go Creative! Show soon to talk to our growing band of creatives and creativists about her inspiring initiative Mycelia For Music and what we might be able to learn from it that can be applied to publishing.

Musicians are a few years ahead of writers, I think, when it comes to awareness and activism around those of us who create for a living can expect going to be paid in future.

Musician and creative activist Imogen Heap

Imogen and I share an interest in Bitcoin and Blockchain and trying to ensure that any digital payment method developed should make the creatives, and not management or finance companies, the hub of the many micro transactions and interactions that happen around a song (or a book).

She presented some fascinating information about how musicians are paid, and how creatives might organize data about our work so that:

  • we can share background information about our process that makes our work more meaningful
  • fans and followers can find out what they most want to know
  • other creative professionals with whom we work — like editors, designers, producers — can be properly acknowledged, credited and paid.

Her presentation got my brain firing on forty fronts — and I’m really looking forward to exploring these topics more deeply with her.

I also spent the weekend catching up with her music. Here’s one of her songs, free from YouTube.

While enjoying the fact that we can share this, let’s ponder the need to find better ways to pay artists, performers and writers for such enjoyment.

Orna Ross
Author: Orna Ross

Orna Ross is an award-winning novelist and poet, advocate for self-publishing and, as Director of the Alliance of Independent Authors, "one of the 100 most influential people in publishing" (The Bookseller).