The Future Of What Podcast

A Podcast and Radio Show About the Music Industry

In addition to her role as President of Music Biz, Portia Sabin is also the host of her own podcast and radio show, The Future of What. The show was created to educate musicians to the realities of the music business, and has grown into a forum where the most significant voices in the industry discuss important issues of the day. 

As we strive to provide resources to inform our member’s general understanding of the modern music industry landscape, we’re thrilled to offer you access to new episodes of The Future of What on our website as they debut!

November 25, 2019 – The Future Of What Episode #170: Direct Shot’s Ambiguous Future

At the beginning of the year, record stores big and small started noticing a difference between what they ordered and what they received in the mail. This became all the more noticeable when stores were shorted important and highly sought after titles for Record Store Day in April. Since then, the problem has only gotten worse according to some, and bands have missed their street dates entirely in the process, costing them countless dollars, but also chart positions,... Listen

November 18, 2019 – The Future Of What Episode #169: New Ideas In The Digital Marketplace

In the past, digital start-ups frequently approached the music industry with tech solutions to problems that didn’t exist for most artists and labels. That paradigm has seemingly shifted in the past few years, and now the solutions being brought forth by tech companies are helping to alleviate certain stresses and strains on the music industry. On this episode, we’re highlighting new tech companies like Ursa Music, Corite, and Pitch who are creating new revenue streams for artists and labels,... Listen

November 8, 2019 – The Future Of What Episode #168: Indie Label Spotlight – Frenchkiss Records

Twenty years ago, Syd Butler started Frenchkiss Records, after his band Les Savy Fav couldn’t find a home at the prominent labels of the time. Fast forward up until today, Syd’s now part of Seth Meyer’s 8G Band, the label is still going strong, and Les Savy Fav is still playing shows. On this episode, Syd joins us to talk about the label’s triumphs and tribulations over the course of the last two decades, as does Craig Finn,... Listen

October 31, 2019 – The Future Of What Episode #167: Tracklib Brings Legal Sampling To The Masses

Several high profile artists moved away from sampling in the late 90’s, after a smattering of lawsuits were brought against artists like De La Soul, Biz Markie, 2 Live Crew, etc. for the use of unauthorized samples in some of their biggest hits. As a result, the familiar sounds of Hip-Hop, Pop, and Electronica changed dramatically in the decades that followed, as people were both scared off of sampling, and/or confused by the myriad of clearances and fees needed to sample legally.... Listen

September 27, 2019 – The Future Of What Episode #166: Converting Streams Into Liquid Assets Faster

Under the current distribution model, labels and rights holders typically only get paid once a month by their distributor, and those payouts are often for streams and downloads that occurred well before the pay period. In an era where artists and labels are able to see nearly real-time usage data for their catalog, these delays in payment have made rapid growth difficult in some cases, and now there are companies stepping in with solutions. On this episode,... Listen

September 20, 2019 – The Future Of What Episode #165: Unpacking The C.A.S.E. Act

The Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act of 2019, or C.A.S.E. Act, is currently making its way through Congress, and it stands to have a significant impact on musicians and labels across the country. As it stands now, if you’re a musician who’s had their music used without a license, your only recourse is to go to a federal copyright court to defend your claim of ownership, which often costs hundreds of thousands of dollars in court and attorney(s) fees,... Listen

September 5, 2019 – The Future Of What Episode #164: The Future of Artist Management

Like every other role in the music industry, the face of management is changing to meet the current needs of artists. With fewer and fewer labels investing in artist development, the work of building a team up around an artist has started to land more and more on the shoulders of managers. In our exploration of this topic, we speak with Brian Dubb of Centralized.me, who has developed a web based “virtual management” application that helps developing artists manage themselves,... Listen