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Postby lo&m on Fri Mar 20, 2015 6:32 pm

The unlikeliest winners in the rapidly changing face of the music industry are roadies, according to this WSJ article.
The ranks of full-time songwriters in Nashville, Tenn., are down 80% since 2000, according to the Nashville Songwriters Association International. Wages for recording-session musicians in Los Angeles have shrunk 70% over a similar period, the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy, an advocacy organization, says. Record sales also continue to slump. Last year, 257 million albums were sold, across CDs, digital albums, vinyl records and cassettes, down almost 60% from 1994, according to Nielsen Music.

That makes bands increasingly reliant on live performances to make money, spurring demand for stage hands, instrument techs, sound mixers, lighting specialists and tour managers. The physical labor needed to erect elaborate, high-tech stages has spared most roadies. Their jobs can’t be moved to China or be done by a robot—at least not yet.
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