Music Company to Consumer: Name Your Price

Thursday, March 03, 2011

The music industry has been criticized in recent years for having too many manufactured stars, and not enough artists; too many middle men making money, and not enough musicians being paid. But some are trying to forge a new way for a viable music market, like Stephen Nawara. He is a Detroit entrepreneur who has created a new site that lets customers to pay want they want, even if that amount is nothing at all.

Stephen is the founder of the new Beehive Recording Company; he explains what he thinks is wrong with the music industry, and how he’s doing things differently. He joins us from affiliate station WDET in Detroit.

Below, a video about Beehive.


Stephen Nawara

Produced by:

Kristen Meinzer

Comments [14]

Marisol Teachworth from Detroit, MI

The Beehive Recording Company is helping to redefine Detroit. Steve, your efforts and passion for music have not gone unnoticed and are deeply loved.

Mar. 04 2011 12:45 AM
Juliet from New York

What a great way to hear new artists who may not be heard otherwise. I hope the Beehive "network" continues to expand. When will we get to hear some of YOUR music on Beehive??

Steve, you are a refreshing voice. Detroit is lucky to have you.

Mar. 03 2011 10:20 PM
John from Boston

I'm really glad I got to hear you. What a breath of fresh air! You're a real inspiration. Your heart is obviously in the right place. Hope I'll be reading and hearing a lot more about you in the future. Keep up the great work! Here's wishing you great success, Beehive.

Mar. 03 2011 10:17 PM
Penny Weinstein from Swarthmore, PA

Steve, this was as fun to watch the second time. I'm so impressed with what you're doing. Your video is a real eye-opener for people like me who don't know anything about the music industry. Love and luck -- Penny Weinstein

Mar. 03 2011 09:18 PM
cath and char peet from Royal Oak, MI

WOW Great work Steve. Power to the musicians! (I can relate to the 4 cents an hour) Charlie and I think you have a good voice for radio! Ever thought of being the interviewer? Cath and Char Peet

Mar. 03 2011 08:23 PM
Evan from Taipei, Taiwan, R.O.C.

This sounds terrific, concerned about your workload though the Lover-of- Music shines all about you -- thank you!
I wonder how this approach will work nationally and internationally . . . you'll note at the end that I might have selfish concerns about exactly this! It seems, as you note, there is benefit for all available down the road with this view of music distribution. I'm delighted to have happened upon your site!
With appreciation and gratitude!

Mar. 03 2011 06:26 PM
Diane Glinski from Rockin' Rochester Michigan

Power to the people! Keep fighting the good fight, Steve.

Mar. 03 2011 06:26 PM
Norm & Susan Stewart from Bloomfield Hills, Michigan


Steve Nawara, congratulations on your continued success and being featured on NPR's national broadcast of the Takeaway Show this morning. You shed bright light on Detroit, its vibrant music scene and your laudable venture in providing a fresh, new music paradigm.

The nation now knows to visit for the best in new music talent.

Mar. 03 2011 05:36 PM
Mary Perfitt-Nelson from Beverly Hills, Michigan


You rock !
You are an inspiration for the kiddos coming up. Thank you for your time and efforts. You are inspirational!

mpn......from woodhaven lane

Mar. 03 2011 05:19 PM
chandyside from Ferndale, MI

Glad Jeffrey pointed that out. It gives Steve a well-honed insight into what not to do and what is right for artists.
Also? didn't hear the URL mentioned:

Mar. 03 2011 12:51 PM
Mike from Vancouver, WA

For independent artists, it's always been tricky to get your music heard. When you would make a record, you would try to sell them at shows and in local record stores. With this model, the music is available to everyone, worldwide simultaneously. Ostensibly then, when an artist who is distributing music this way goes on tour, people will show up and already know the music, already be a fan. That is awesome. Nice work Mr. Nawara, Keep it up!

Mar. 03 2011 11:49 AM
Jeffrey from Gardens from Detroit, MI

It wasn't mentioned that Steve plays in bands as well and has been in bands with major label deals that turned him off from those kinds of siruations. One of the nicest guys around, it was a really fun recording experience.

Mar. 03 2011 10:44 AM
Dennis Guastella from Plymouth, Michigan

History will reveal how influential Steve Nawara was to the music in the Detroit Metropolitan area. Important to point that he remains active and continues to contribute to the music scene. He brings intelligence, musicianship, along with integrity to what is generally thought of a sleazy business. His inventive business model addresses a need for a new direction for creativity, commitment to the craft, and to the community music serves. The Beehive Recording Company is a breath of “Fresh Air”.

Mar. 03 2011 08:30 AM
Susan Friedman from Detroit area

Detroit has a long tradition in contemporary music. Many internet services have started with a revolutionary spirit and quickly become vehicles for advertising and exploitation. This is a refreshing new approach that welcomes creativity. provides an outlet for it, and spawns another social network based on the love of music and performance. Best wishes!

Mar. 03 2011 12:43 AM

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