A new documentary titled The Last Songwriter highlights the importance of songwriting and the threats posed by music streaming services.
It spotlights a young writer struggling to make a living in the age of digital streaming. The documentary, directed by award-winning filmmaker Mark Barger Elliott, premieres at the Nashville Film Festival in April.
Author: Sara Dignan
Songwriters earn mere pennies when their songs are played on the radio, according to the documentary’s trailer. But in the age of streaming, songwriters are struggling now more than ever to turn music into money. Songwriters earn less than a thousandth of a penny for each stream. Although they’re the backbone of the music industry, many songwriters are being forced to leave the profession since they can’t afford to make a living.
The Last Songwriter begs the question, “In the future, who will write the soundtrack of our lives - songs we dance to at our wedding, sing at sporting events, and play at a loved one’s funeral?”
The star-studded cast features some of Nashville’s most prominent singer-songwriters, like Garth Brooks, Emmylou Harris, Jim Lauderdale and Jason Isbell. These artists have penned some of Music City’s most iconic tunes, but now they’re shining a light on Nashville’s struggling songwriters, whose careers are threatened by streaming.
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