Music as a Social Superpower

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Music and art have historically been at the forefront of radical change in times of evolutionary crisis. As the world becomes more polarised and divided, music enables to unite in the spirit of cultural freedom and diversity. Music is, therefore, a superpower for positive change in society.

In this episode we're talking with Rich Jensen. Rich is a songwriter, entrepreneur and cultural activist based in Seattle. He is the Executive for Resonate Cooperative, a music-streaming platform owned and controlled by its artists, workers, and listeners around the world. An early collaborator with the K and Sub Pop recording labels, Rich built the business infrastructure for Sub Pop, establishing its rise in the 1990’s as a showcase for Nirvana, Soundgarden, Mudhoney, and many artists to follow. Rich is passionate about the deep legacy of music and art as social superpowers for radical transformation in times of evolutionary crisis.

  • Music is connected to vibration and feeling. Music transcends language. Music connects us to our bodies and to each other
  • Streaming technology has made recorded music more accessible to the masses, but are algorithms destroying our social relationship with music and our freedom of choice?
  • Cooperatives like Resonate seek to democratise the music industry. They promote support for artists including fairer distribution of profits, co-ownership of the platform, and a say in how music and profits are distributed.
  • How we spend our time is important. The future of our communities and societies depends on our ability and willingness to listen. Real change begins with us.

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Resonate Music Cooperative

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