So much has happened in the past month that this newsletter
seems a bit inconsequential. FMC hopes that you and yours are safe in
the aftermath of the events on September 11th. In the face of the continuing
uncertainty that has always been the climate of the human condition we
embrace the future and recommit ourselves to the task of trying to effect
changes that might improve the lives of citizens and musicians.
What an exciting time it is to be alive in the music and technology space.
Everywhere you look there are articles, court cases, testimonials and
hearings raising questions about copyright, ownership and compensation
for creators. What do you think? Maybe the tide is turning? Here at the
FMC we certainly think so.
“I present my music on the net because it’s the busiest street in the world. I’d like people to stop and have a listen. If they want a copy for their own, fine, throw me a coin,” says songwriter and performer Jeff Coleman.
“I present my music on the net because it’s the busiest street in the world. I’d like people to stop and have a listen. If they want a copy for their own, fine, throw me a coin.”
I’m a songwriter and performer with a studio in my basement where I do recordings. Making music is an important part of my life. read more
We’ve made so much progress in the last few weeks that it is going to
be difficult to summarize it all for you. Our main goal as an organization
is to keep musicians and music fans informed about complicated music/technology
issues. We need to keep you folks informed about our work on behalf of musicians.
Vinnie Van Go-Gogh is a DC musician [Rake & From Quagmire] and operator of www.OASTEM.com. VvGg spoke at the 2000 New York Music & Internet Expo on redefining success as a musician. The issue of emerging distribution channels is of keen
interest to him, as he tries to exist along side the realm of commerce that is the music community. read more
Government Hearings on Effect of Internet on Small Labels
Thursday, June 1, 2000
The House of Representatives’ Small Business Committee held hearings on Wednesday, May 24, 2000 regarding “new market possibilities for small music labels and entrepreneurs created by the Internet”. The Committee heard testimony from Chuck D from Public Enemy/Rapstation.com, Peter Harter from EMusic.com, Tom Silverman from Tommy Boy Records, and Ric Dube from Webnoize. Jenny and I attended the hearings, so here’s a quick synopsis. read more