3 ways that Stevie Wonder has changed the music industry

Excellent article on facts I’m sure many of us didn’t know about Mr. Wonder.  He changed some really important things for the industry.

Stevie Wonder performs at BottleRock Napa Valley Music Festival at Napa Valley Expo on Friday, May 27, 2016, in Napa, Calif. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP)

His music has changed music.

Sure, we all know Stevie Wonder’s iconic songbook — we could reach our word count here solely by reeling off standards such as “Higher Ground,” “Superstition” “Sir Duke” and many more. But as he hits town for an extended engagement at the Park Theater, let’s examine how Stevie Wonder has impacted the music industry itself.

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Starting in 2020, many businesses must keep food out of the garbage

The Metro Council voted Thursday in favor of an ordinance that will require some types of businesses in greater Portland to separate their food scraps from the garbage.

This means that, starting in March 2020, businesses that generate 1,000 pounds or more of food scraps per week must collect their food scraps separately from garbage. The program will roll out over five years. Eventually, almost 3,000 businesses, including schools, will be required to separate their food scraps. Businesses that generate less than 250 pounds of food scraps per week will not be subject to the requirement.

Businesses in the Portland area already have to separate recyclables like metal, paper and glass from their trash.

So why add food scraps – stuff such as eggshells, bones and peels – to this list?

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Photographer Has Close Call With Scammer

Photographer Has Close Call With Scammer

If you have a strong online presence or pay to market your photography business, bogus leads can bombard your inbox. Atlanta photographer Katie Coon received one recently.

An article published by Fox 5 Atlanta reported the story which would be familiar to many of us photographers: a new lead comes in, providing what sounds at first like a standard wedding, event, or portrait shoot. However the client doesn’t want to, or apparently cannot, speak on the phone.

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Here Are Three Top Ways That Restaurants Have Changed Since The Great Recession

You might think restaurants are struggling, given the number of famous and franchised places that have closed lately. In fact, the industry itself has fared well since the Great Recession.

But, some key things are different, according to the trade publication Restaurant Business. Jonathan Maze, RB’s executive editor, looked at 10 ways restaurants have changed since the economy tanked in 2008 and 2009.

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How Fragmentation Is Hurting The Music Industry’s Developing Artists

The music industry has been in a rut for years — a $7 billion rut, to be exact. After a $15 billion peak in 1999, the industry watched its revenue slide until it plateaued at $7 billion in 2010, where it hovered for years. In 2016, the music industry finally saw an increase, notching a $7.65 billion year.

Streaming was credited for the turnaround, but the threat isn’t over. There’s a silent killer in the music industry that’s having a sinister impact on up-and-coming artists: fragmentation. Independent musicians work with so many different service providers that the ultimate outcome of all their efforts is confusion — and an uphill battle.

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