Photo by Tessa Angus (www.tessaangus.com)
Here's an interesting story, that my student Tom brought to my attention.
Over the last week or so an unsigned London-based band called the Boxer Rebellion have managed to come from nowhere and storm the online charts of iTunes, in both the UK and USA.
The band self-produced and published their album, and on its creative merits alone, had one of their songs designated as an iTunes' Free Single of the Week.
The response has been huge and it's a sign of how far the relationship that's existed traditionally between the institutions of the music industry, the performers looking for funding to create good songs, and the audiences who purchase them, has changed and evolved.
You can listen to the Boxer Rebellion's songs and watch videos here, and if you're interested in their background story, then read more here.