Hardly Strictly BluegrassBlessed with golden rays and internationally renowned artists, this weekend’s Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival was an event to remember. As a free festival, Hardly Strictly sets itself aside from other live music events, drawing in a crowd that celebrated the easy access to a diverse music scene. Though the genre of Hardly Strictly is contested and the audience mixed in tastes, free-entry events undoubtedly create a novel opportunity for artists to promote their music.

The digitalization of music has shifted much of the power base in the industry away from record labels to promoters, with booking agents acting as middlemen between the two. Though booking read more »