this post is to let you know that following a very recent policy as passed by the European Court of Justice I temporarily exclude visitors from the European Union from accessing my Facebook fanpage (www.facebook.com/wesboundmusic) and I might be pressed to delete it entirely. It is also possible that I may be forced to shutdown all my web “touch points” like this page here, which you are currently visiting as well as most, if not all profiles I have meticulously established over the course of the past ten years.
Why? On May 25th 2018 the General Data Protection Regulation took effect and rules that content creators like myself are at least partially liable for any violation of this new law. The fees are horrendously high and can max out at 10 Mio. (!) EUR or 2% of the worldwide annual revenue of any legal or natural person or company. In addition to that we have seen a business model by some law firms whose “services” rely on nothing else but drafting and sending written warnings coming at fees regularly in the thousands of EUR directed at competitors. Long story short: There is no way I can take chances with regard to this order of fiscal magnitude.
Following the above situation I feel forced to exclude all visitors residing in the EU or accessing the internet from there from reaching my Facebook fan page for the time being until a more dependable, less threatening situation for content creators emerges (which means that Facebook would have to implement tools to protect content creators from this degree of liability). Depending on how these new regulations are being met within the internet community and in particular between content creators and the platforms we’ve been active on – i.e. Facebook first and foremost, but likely all social media platforms and web “outlets” including Google’s “G+”, Youtube, Reverbnation, Soundcloud etc. -, it is likely I may have to discontinue all my web profiles, which would ultimately result in needing to abandon any ideas of promoting whatever musical or other professional endeavour you kindly supported me with over those past 10 years.
I find it extremely frustrating to observe a trend of shifting liability with all things data protection from large corporations to all those who gave said corporations a business model to begin with. However, this is what the situation is for now. I ask your kind understanding and hope that this daunting situation will be resolved soon by those who have the power to pass regulations that are fair to both users and content creators.
wesbound, July 27th 2018
Due to overwhelming demand, Wynn Las Vegas is pleased to announce additional show dates have been added to multi-platinum recording artist Anita Baker’s Farewell Concert Series at Encore Theater this summer. Fans of the GRAMMY Award-winner will now be able to catch the guaranteed-to-be monumental
Source: Anita Baker Adds Additional Dates to Farewell Concert Series
😢 sniff Eversince she had her breakthrough in the 80ies and when I got to listen to her music for the first time I was completely enthusiastic (and hooked)! There was a kind of music I had never heard of before nor listened to and which I was immediately partial to! In the years that followed I had always hoped to get to see her appear live on stage somewhere, but I never found tour dates or I was on stage myself. At least ONE SINGLE TIME in my life I would have loved to see her perform live… And now that is never going to happen ever again as those added concert dates in Las Vegas will be her final appearances on stage marking the end of a most impressive career spanning several decades…
Farewell then, Ms. Baker – and thank you for your great music. (I’m kind of devastated now…😢)
“Lost or obscured are the big bands and the chamber ensembles and world music collectives. Lost are the cross-over hybrid masters whose work falls between genres. Lost are the young composers and instrumentalists who had the gall and the nerve to choose a path in sophisticated music in a post-MTV world. We’re missing music with movements and music of long durations with mingled ensembles. America doesn’t ignore this canon and its own musical heritage and ferment because it doesn’t like it. It doesn’t know it’s there.”
Source: Apple’s Last Chance – Technology, Invention, App, and More – Medium
Can I hug Craig Havighurts, please? Soooo darn spot on he is!!!
Searching for the key to creativity, scientists are peering inside the brains of jazz musicians and other improvisational artists.
Source: International Jazz Day: What jazz improv reveals about creativity in the brain – CNN
Starving artists have been affected by more than just piracy and streaming royalties
Source: The Devaluation of Music: It’s Worse Than You Think
I’m sharing this as a reminder to audiences far and wide and to tell you via Mr. Cravighurt’s brilliant analysis that the ball is in your half of the court now and that it is largely up to audiences to define where music – sophisticated, real hand made and created by humans as opposed to artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms like e.g. AIVA – is headed and whether it can have a future – or not.