Ethics, Craft, and the Business of Music
Craft: skilled work/artistic practice
Ethical decision-making in music and the business of music involves the intersection of moral philosophy and the world of action, consideration of which raises the central question of the basis for such decisions. The grounds for ethical decision-making are multiple and varied, and oftentimes decisions are rooted in more than a single ethical framework. What follows is a brief exploration of three ethical positions commonly encountered in the music business – consequentialist ethics, virtue ethics, and deontological ethics – with particular attention given to the latter and its significance for ethical decision-making in the domain of craft.
The business of music covers an extensive terrain including a broad range of skills, activities, individuals, and organizations. This domain includes solo musicians (pianists, singers, violinists, guitarists, etc.) and countless musical ensembles from professional orchestras, opera and...
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