Effective Date of Current Policy: December 06, 2005

Future of Music Coalition (“FMC”) is committed to protecting the personal information you submit to us online. This Privacy Policy describes our practices regarding the collection and use of information submitted through our U.S. website, (the “Site”). By using our Site, you agree to the collection and use of information as set forth in this Policy. If you do not agree to this Policy, please do not use the Site. This Policy is the sole authorized statement of our practices concerning the collection, use and protection of personal information through this Site.

We may update this Policy from time to time. We will notify you of material changes to this Policy by posting the updated Policy on this page. We ask that you bookmark and periodically review this page to ensure your familiarity with the current version of our Policy. You can determine when this Policy was last reviewed by checking the “Effective Date of Current Policy” line at the top of this Policy.

The Types of Information We Collect Online

Our Site collects personal information such as names, postal addresses, email addresses, telephone numbers, and other information, such as survey responses. If you make a donation or purchase on our Site, we may collect your credit card information as well as other information related to your donation or purchase. Like many websites, our Site logs tracking data, which may include information such as the IP address of the visitor’s computer, its browser type and operating system, the referring site, which pages of the Site were visited, the order in which they were visited, and which links were clicked.

FMC periodically conducts online surveys on the Site, which help us to assess the interests and objectives of the musicians and citizens who use our Site. While our surveys may request demographic data such as age, gender, and household income to help us better evaluate the results, we do not correlate this demographic information with the identity of the individual who provided it. In some cases, we may give survey participants the option of requesting an emailed copy of our final survey results. The email address submitted by the survey participant for this purpose is not correlated with his or her survey responses. Survey participants are not required to provide an email address in order to participate in our surveys.

Our Site facilitates individual participation in policy-based actions, such as the submission of public comments to the FCC or other government entities. At times, the Site may provide a mechanism allowing individuals to submit public comments to the FCC by using a comment form provided on the Site. The form identifies the topics on which public comments are requested and is intended to help participants craft their responses. Submitting public comments to the FCC requires the participant to provide his or her name, address, and email address. Public comments submitted through our Site are automatically transferred to the FCC. FMC does not maintain copies of the comments submitted to the FCC through our Site, and we do not use contact information provided in public comments submitted through our Site to communicate with those individuals.

FMC sponsors the Health Information Navigation Tool (“HINT”), which helps to provide musicians with basic information about obtaining health insurance coverage. Our Site allows you to schedule a telephone appointment with a HINT representative. In scheduling your telephone appointment through the Site, you will be asked to provide your first name; your city, state, and zip code of residence; the telephone number to be used to reach you for this appointment, and your email address. You may also elect to provide other types of personal information through the Site, such as your age, gender, marital status, number of children, and information about your income and current insurance coverage. This information helps the HINT representative begin to identify types of coverage that may be available to you, and helps us to understand the needs of HINT users. Please refer to our Terms of Service for other important information about HINT.

Our Site is not directed to children and we do not knowingly collect personal information from individuals under eighteen years of age.

How We Use and Disclose Information Collected Online

We generally use the information we collect online for the purposes for which it is provided and to enhance the products and services we offer to you. For example, we use your personal information to complete transactions that you enter into using our Site, such as requests to make a donation or purchase, subscribe to our e-newsletters, or register for our events. Our e-newsletters are sent only to individuals who have subscribed for them or otherwise requested to receive them. If you would like to receive our e-newsletters, please sign up at this page.

We also use your personal information to communicate with you about specific transactions, to make sure that you are satisfied with our products and services, or to find out how we can serve you better. You may, from time to time, receive information from us regarding events, policy-based actions, new products, services, or features we think you will find valuable.

HINT is operated with the assistance of third-party insurance industry professionals (“HINT Representatives”). Therefore, any personal information that is submitted for purposes of scheduling a HINT telephone appointment may be shared with HINT Representatives.

We work with third parties who provide services that may include, but are not necessarily limited to, website hosting, data processing and analysis, newsletter transmission and distribution, back-up and security services, and processing of credit card transactions. We may share personal information with these service providers for the purpose of providing these services. Although we seek to require these service providers to protect such personal information, and to use it only for the purpose for which it was provided, we cannot be responsible for third parties’ violations of this Policy or of any other rights of visitors or consumers that use our Site.

We will provide personal information to law enforcement and other entities when we determine that such disclosure is required by subpoena, warrant, court order, or to protect the interests of FMC or the individuals who use our Site or services. We also may provide personal information and other information collected online to a successor entity in the event of a sale of our business or assets.


We take measures designed to prevent unauthorized intrusion to the Site and the alteration, acquisition or misuse of personal information. Unfortunately, however, no security system or system of transmitting data over the Internet can be guaranteed to be entirely secure. Thus, while we seek to protect your personal information, we cannot be responsible for loss, corruption, or unauthorized acquisition of personal information furnished to this Site or for any resulting damages.

Third Party Websites

Our Site may include links to other Internet websites, including sites that we do not own or operate. Unless otherwise expressly stated, we are not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such websites, including such sites’ use of any information collected when Site visitors click through links to those sites. If you visit such websites, we encourage you to check the privacy practices of the sites.

Offline v. Online Practices

This policy applies solely to our collection, use and disclosure of personal information obtained online through our Site, and does not apply to any of our practices conducted offline.


If you have questions about privacy issues, please email us at suggestions [at] futureofmusic [dot] org.