The New Economics of Music
Economist Umair Haque explains why the music industry is so vulnerable to piracy and how to fix it. He argues that consumers download music because buying an album comes with a great element of risk because the record label provides no guarantee of quality. In most industries the cost of a product is an indication of quality, but the music industry has near-uniform costs. Umair suggests new pricing models to reduce this element of risk. Bubble Generation, February 15, 2008read more
WASHINGTON, D.C.? Hot on the heels of the release of a collaborative digital EP, irrepressible pop-rockers OK Go and funky New Orleans brass act Bonerama joined forces for a sold-out performance at Washington D.C.?s 9:30 Club on Saturday, February 2. The bands ? who originally met at Future of Music Coalition?s annual Artist Activism Camp in New Orleans ? played energetic sets to raise over $8,000 for New Orleans musicians, including Mardi Gras hero Al ?Carnival Time? Johnson and Sweet Home New Orleans.
OK Go and Bonerama?s new EP, You?re Not Alone, will be available exclusively on iTunes on Tuesday, February 5. All proceeds from the collaboration will go to benefit musicians like Al ?Carnival Time? Johnson, who lost his home and possessions in Hurricane Katrina. read more
House Approves MPAA-Backed College Antipiracy Rules
The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday overwhelmingly approved a higher-education funding bill that includes controversial new antipiracy obligations for universities. The College Opportunity and Affordability Act leaves says higher-education institutions participating in federal financial aid programs "shall" devise plans for "alternative" offerings to unlawful downloading ? such as subscription-based services ? or "technology-based deterrents to prevent such illegal activity. Anne Broache, Webware.com. February 07, 2008read more
Many of you may have seen the article in today’s New York Times about the lack of affordable rehearsal space in the Big Apple. The problem, while hardly new, is getting worse due to skyrocketing real estate prices.
The story cites figures from nycMusicSpaces.org, which is operated by NYC nonprofit NYC Arts Spaces. The group claims that 44 percent of musicians in NYC make less than $50,000 a year, and they’re often forced to cut corners on basic living expenses in order to pursue their art. Places to perform are also becoming more scarce, as rents and operating costs for venues continue to rise. read more
WASHINGTON, D.C.â€” On February 2, OK Go and Bonerama will join forces for a benefit at Washington, D.C.’s 9:30 Club. The show is in support of You’re Not Alone, a digital EP the two bands put together after OK Go spent the second anniversary of Hurricane Katrina recording with the New Orleans funk-soul band deep in the city’s Upper 9th Ward. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the EP â€” available exclusively at iTunes â€” will benefit Al “Carnival Time” Johnson and other members of New Orleans’ music community who are still struggling to rebuild their homes and their lives in the wake of Katrina. The five-song mini-album will be released on February 5 â€” Mardi Gras. read more
From January 11-15, 2008, FMC partnered once again with the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) on their 51st Annual Conference, “Presenting America: New Ground,” taking place at the Hilton New York.
From January 11-15, 2008, FMC partnered once again with the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) on their 51st Annual Conference, “Presenting America: New Ground,” taking place at the Hilton New York. read more
NEWÂ ORLEANS, LA â€“ Last week,Â two benefit concertsÂ raised over $6,000 for Sweet Home New Orleans â€” a coalition of non-profit organizations that helps find affordable housing and provides rental assistance for the cityâ€™s musicians â€” and Big Easy music legend Al â€œCarnival Timeâ€ Johnson.Â The concerts were the culmination of FMC and ATCâ€™s annual Artist Activism Camp, which brings together established and emerging artists to discuss best practices for artist advocacy. For two days prior to the concerts, the benefitsâ€™ performers toured New Orleans, visiting the Ninth Ward and hearing from some of the cityâ€™s musicians about the efforts to revitalize their music community.
On February 2, Bonerama and OK Go will meet for another benefit, this time at Washington, D.C.â€™s 9:30 Club. The show is in support ofÂ You’re Not Alone, a digital EP the two bands put together after OK Go spent the second anniversary of Hurricane Katrina recording with the New Orleans funk-soul band deep in the cityâ€™s Upper 9th Ward. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the EP â€” available exclusively at iTunes â€” will benefit Al Johnson and other members of New Orleansâ€™ music community who are still struggling to rebuild their homes and their lives in the wake of Katrina. read more
Last week, FMC and Air Traffic Control got their indie-rock on at two concerts to benefit New Orleans musicians still struggling to secure housing after Hurricane Katrina.
The first show, “Musicians Bringing Musicians Home III,” took place in the Parish Room of the New Orleans House of Blues on Thursday, January 10. Performers included Nellie McKay, Jon Langford & Sally Timms of The Mekons, Patrick Hallahan of My Morning Jacket, Charles Bissell of The Wrens, Kimya Dawson, Timothy Bracy of the Mendoza Line, Janet Bean of Freakwater and members of Bonerama, who provided sure-footed backup during several artists’ sets. Need we say it rocked? read more
We at FMC are always pleased when musicians donate their time and energy to help other musicians. So we’re psyched about two shows taking place in New Orleans next week that benefit artists still struggling in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. read more