Damian Kulash, lead singer of the band OK Go explains how the music industry has changed. The members of OK Go make money through sponsorships instead of record sales or concerts. Other bands and artists are selling their music as an experience, auctioning off dinner or miniature golf experiences, concert memorabilia, or offering personal concerts for $10,000. The Maccabeats, an a capella group at Yeshiva University, became an internet sensation with their Hanukkah song “Candlelight” and no record label. A sidebar looks at other ways bands make money with music, including mobile apps.

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