A quick update to let you know about Musicians Bringing Musicians Home II - a benefit concert this Sunday in New Orleans for Sweet Home New Orleans, a wrap-up on the the discussion and debates at FMC’s successful Policy Day on May 2, and Policy Summit 07 dates for your calendar.
New Orleans is American music. You’d be hard pressed to name another city that has had a more fundamental role in the creation of the sounds that we think of as distinctly American. Unfortunately, that legacy was dealt a major blow by Hurricane Katrina — New Orleans musicians were scattered across the country. Nearly two years later many still have not returned home. read more
The New York Times Magazine had an interesting piece over the weekend on how musicians are building new distribution networks and fan bases via the Internet.
The piece kicks off by profiling Jonathan Coulton, a former computer programmer and unsigned Brooklyn indie artist who is making a “reasonable middle class living” by selling CDs and music downloads via his web site, iTunes, and CD Baby. Coulton built a fan base by recording a song a week for all of 2006 and then posting them on his blog. They ranged from odes to Tom Cruise (“Tom Cruise Crazy”) to pieces about the dead-end life of a programmer (“Code Monkey”). read more
Would the band OKGO (you know the guys from the treadmill video) exist if net neutrality didn’t exist?
That’s the question that was at the heart of a presentation given this afternoon at the "Music, Technology, and IP Policy Day" by Future of Music Executive Director Jenny Toomey. Toomey laid out how OKGO managed to go from relatively unknown indie band to Grammy Award winner, Jay Leno playing, mass market conquering super band.
OKGO started its climb to stardom by filming a $20 video of the band doing a fun, but slightly dorky, dance to one of its songs. The band posted the video on YouTube, and asked the general public to submit their own video versions of the dance. The video inspired a raft of video responses that featured everything from lego men to topless men performing the dance.
OKGO followed the original video with its now famous treadmill video that pushed the band to a new level of stardom. As Toomey pointed out, it’s hard to imagine an OKGO existing on an Internet where big telecoms are setting up tollbooths to charge web content providers for faster service.
Toomey gave her definition of net neutrality: "It means that artists retain more control," Toomey said. "They don’t have to maintain the relationships they had to before to reach their audience."
WASHINGTON, DC — Top names from the fields of music, law, technology and policy will gather in Washington, DC on Wednesday, May 2, 2007 to discuss how technology is rapidly reshaping the music industry. The event is sponsored by the Future of Music Coalition and the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACS). read more
It’s official. After months of work, the “Rock the Net” campaign officially launched today. For those that don’t know, Rock the Net is a coalition of musicians, music labels and fans pledging their support for the concept of network neutrality. read more
Rep. Edward Markey, D-Mass., and musician Ted Leo helped launch Tuesday (March 27) "Rock the Net," a new nationwide campaign that aims to sign up artists, music labels, and fans from coast to coast in support of net neutrality. read more
R.E.M., Death Cab for Cutie, Boots Riley of The Coup and many other musicians and independent record labels are joining a nationwide campaign to recruit thousands of artists to support the fight for net neutrality. "Rock the Net" is being organized by the Future of Music Coalition, Noise Pop, and Zeitgeist Artist Management. read more
Washington, D.C.— Performance artist Pamela Z has joined the Indigo Girls, OKGO’s Damian Kulash, My Morning Jacket’s Jim James, Matt Nathanson, Al “Carnival Time” Johnson and Bonerama for a major benefit for New Orleans musicians displaced by Hurricane Katrina.
Washington, D.C.— Performance artist Pamela Z has joined the Indigo Girls, OKGO’s Damian Kulash, My Morning Jacket’s Jim James, Matt Nathanson, Al “Carnival Time” Johnson and Bonerama for a major benefit for New Orleans musicians displaced by Hurricane Katrina. read more
Washington, DC – Rock the Net, a nationwide campaign to prevent legislation that threatens access to legal and diverse online music and media options, received major support in a teleconference yesterday featuring Rep. Jay Inslee (D-WA), Chair of the House Subcommittee on Telecommunications, and musician Matt Nathanson, who also headlined a sold-out concert at Seattle’s Crocodile Café the same night. read more