Frequently Asked Questions

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Q: What is the Future of Music Coalition?

A: Future of Music Coalition is a national non-profit education, research and advocacy organization that seeks a bright future for creators and listeners. FMC works towards this goal through continuous interaction with its primary constituency — musicians — and in collaboration with other creator/public interest groups. You can read more about our history, mission and objectives here.

Q: When did FMC start?

A: June 2000.

Q: How many people are on staff?

A: FMC has a core staff of seven. Most staff work out of an office in downtown Washington, DC, though we also have some staff and collaborative partners in Philadelphia, New York, Chicago, Boston and San Francisco.

Q: How is FMC governed?

A: FMC is governed by our 8-person board, which includes experts from the worlds of music, law, technology, advocacy, business and finance.

Q: How is FMC funded?

A: FMC’s work is funded by grants from foundations and government institutions, earned income from events, and donations from supporters.

Q: What can I do to help FMC?

A: We are a small organization that needs to rely on the support of citizens to get our work done. This website provides you with the gateway to many of the activities that are designed to bring more people into the FMC.

Subscribe to our newsletter. Every month, FMC distributes our electronic newsletter to over 6,000 subscribers. Packed full of breaking news, information about pending legislation and FCC filings, and links to news stories, advocacy campaigns, surveys, and articles, the newsletter serves as our most direct method of educating musicians and the public about the constantly changing issues at the intersection of music, law, technology and policy. Subscribe at www.futureofmusic.org/subscribe.cfm

Attend our events. Every year, FMC organizes Policy Summits, conferences and roundtables that bring hundreds of musicians, academics, advocates, policymakers and industry representatives together for cutting-edge discussions of the issues at the intersection of music, law, technology and policy.  Thanks to generous contributions from foundations, technology companies, sponsors, musician advocacy groups and law firms, working musicians are able to attend our Policy Summits for free. This way, many of the audience participants are those who have the biggest stake in the policy debate – musicians themselves. Learn more about upcoming events here.

Participate in our ongoing campaigns. FMC routinely provides musicians and citizens with ways to take part in the policymaking process, from network neutrality to payola, to localism in radio, to health insurance for musicians.

Donate to support our work FMC is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. We welcome donations of any size to support our work. Visit our secure donations page to make a contribution.

Q: How much does it cost to become a member of the FMC?

A: Nothing, because we are not an organization with a membership. We are working on issues that affect many different groups — from musicians, to librarians, to small record labels, to webcasters, to the public at large. We invite everyone to read about the issues, join us at public events, and participate in the debate. The best way to become a “member” of the community is to sign up to receive our newsletters or add our blog to your RSS feed so that you can keep abreast with our activities and events, and stay informed about with the issues that affect your livelihood.

If you would like to support us financially, we can accept contributions of any size via this online donation form or PayPal.

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