The relationship between museums and their visitors, regardless of their age, has changed drastically in the last 50 years. Whether they were public or private institutions, museums used to serve only the wealthy, members of the elite, and exhibitions and events were planned to address the needs of that part of society. Having experienced museums as places where you can neither touch anything nor explore things that you are interested in, where you need to keep your voice down and follow strict instructions, it is not surprising that most museums have faced or are beginning to face challenges attracting visitors. Certain institutions have solved this problem and some are still struggling, but the progress made in the world of museums is notable.
Anyone not directly involved in the music industry lives with the belief that songwriters, producers, and artists live the lifestyles of the rich and the famous. Every time you play a song on YouTube or stream you can see the number of views it has and often times you will assume that means big cash in the bank for the artist who created the song. But is it really true? And what does the trial in the USA between the National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) and digital giants like Apple and Google actually mean? How will it affect the artists and the fans?
There are people who say that their master’s degree took two years out of their lives with little to show for the time and trouble, and then there are the people who manage to look at it differently and say: “Oh my God, I actually learned something!“ Luckily for me, I fall in the second group.