Digital music has become a critical part of the culture wars as digital music’s reach is growing.
Now, an international digital music group is pushing back on the “digital divide” in the U.S. and Europe.
In an article published Wednesday, Electronic Musicians Organization (EMO) founder and CEO Steve Condon calls the digital divide “a serious problem for the future of the music industry.”
In the article, Condon says digital music has brought together artists, listeners, labels and consumers who are all part of a larger collective, but that the divide is not being solved.
He argues that digital music is an integral part of modern society and should be treated as such.
In addition to the EMO, digital music labels have begun a campaign to “rescue” the industry from the digital divides.
The Electronic Music Association, the group that represents labels, is also pushing back.
In a statement released Wednesday, the EMA said digital music will always be a core part of its business and will always remain the biggest music industry sector.
But the EME says it’s “critical” that digital is not treated like a separate industry.
The EME, which says it has about 15,000 members in the United States, Europe and Japan, is calling for a new “global music industry” that will be “global, sustainable and transparent.”
The group also said digital labels should not be given the right to sell their music as “art.”
It also called on music labels to give their digital content the same protections as physical CDs.
In the U, digital musicians are getting a taste of that with labels like Soundcloud.
The platform allows artists to share music and make money from that music without having to pay for it.
While Soundcloud is popular in the music world, the platform has attracted criticism in the past for limiting access to its content and making it difficult to access.
The group says the “rescuing” of the industry is part of this fight to “bring more musicians together to share our music with others and to work together to create a digital future.”
The Electronic Musician’s Association is a trade group representing digital musicians and music publishers.
Its members include artists, labels, music retailers, and music studios.
It also represents music publishers, record labels and artists.