The country music industry is in a financial crisis, and some artists are starting to speak out.
The Associated Press has identified more than 100 current or former members of the industry’s elite, including the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Jay-Z and Beyoncé.
“The industry needs help right now,” said the AP’s Mike Bohn.
“It’s the largest, most influential industry in the world.
It’s just a matter of time before they all fall apart.”
The AP analyzed a database of more than 150,000 music industry job listings.
The data shows that in 2017, more than 8 million Americans worked in the music business, but fewer than 500,000 had jobs.
In the first six months of 2018, the number of people employed in the entertainment industry fell by 2.4 million.
In 2017, the AP looked at the number and composition of jobs, but found the jobs were more concentrated in the industry than in the private sector.
The AP reported that, overall, the private-sector job market is projected to grow by 3.4% in 2021.
But in the U.S., the number employed in music is shrinking.
The average age of a musician in the United States is 35, down from 39.6 in 1950, according to the AP.
And in 2017 the AP reported on the fact that the number was down by 20% among the working age population.
Some of the top artists in the country have been speaking out about the industry.
The Nashville-based singer-songwriter and producer Paul Wall has written a book, The Big Short: The Inside Story of How the Financial Collapse Threatened the Music Industry, that was released on Sept. 10.
The book, which features interviews with Wall and others, is based on his new book, In the End, which he says is the first of two, due out this year.
Wall said that his new work is a response to the economic crisis, which saw a drop in the number who were working in the art-music industry from more than 4 million in 2010 to around 1 million in 2017.
“It’s an industry that is on the verge of collapse,” Wall said.
“The music industry has suffered tremendously and is going to suffer even more.”
Wall also released a song called “Famous for Nowhere” in 2017 that, when performed, became the No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100.
Wall’s new album, entitled What’s Going On?, will be released by his record label, Columbia Records.
Wall, who was born in Tennessee, says that while he was not aware of the financial crisis when he was growing up, he was aware of its impact on the music and pop music industry.
Wall credits a number of factors for the decline in music employment, including technology that was used in the past, as well as the rising cost of living.
He says that, as more people become more dependent on social media and music streaming, the industry is more reliant on artists to generate revenue.
Wall says he is not advocating for the shutdown of music services, but that the music industries need to figure out how to create a sustainable model that allows them to survive.
“If there’s no one going to the studio, then they can’t be a major income producer, and that’s a big problem,” he said.
“I don’t think we can have this industry, but we need to have it for the future.”
Wall says that the biggest challenge he has faced as an artist is the growing gap between the artist and the record labels.
The problem has only gotten worse since he started making music in 2007, he said, and he has learned that the industry has a very difficult time communicating with artists.
“There’s a lot of pressure on artists, because we have the right to record, to distribute and to have a job, but not to be able to pay the bills and to keep the lights on,” he added.
Wall has been vocal about his struggles with the industry, as he has spoken out about his music and his family’s struggles with illness and addiction.
In an interview with The Associated Press, he also spoke about his new album.
“This is a book that is the story of what I have been through and what has happened to me,” he told the AP in an interview that was transcribed by The Associated News.
“This is the music I have always wanted to write.”
Wall said the book will tell the story from his point of view, focusing on the impact of the economic downturn on his career.
“My hope is that this book will help me and other artists understand what it was like for me, how my music was affected, and how I feel about it now,” he wrote.
“And hopefully, this will open up a dialogue about the future of the creative industry and how we can all be better off.”
Follow AP Music Writer Julie Zauzmer on Twitter: @juliez