NEWORLEANS, LA ? On January 10, Nellie McKay, Jon Langford & Sally Timms of The Mekons, Patrick Hallahan of My Morning Jacket, Charles Bissell of The Wrens, Kimya Dawson (who recently contributed eight songs to the hit movie Juno), Timothy Bracy of the Mendoza Line, Janet Bean of Freakwater and Craig Klein, Mat Perrine, Eric Bolivar and Bert Cotton of Bonerama come together in a benefit for musicians displaced by Hurricane Katrina. The following night, OK Go and Bonerama play a show to aid New Orleans music legend Al “Carnival Time” Johnson and Sweet Home New Orleans ? a coalition of non-profit organizations that helps find affordable housing and provides rental assistance for the city?s cultural ambassadors. OK Go and Bonerama have also collaborated on an EP for the same cause, to be released in February. read more
A handful of FMC peeps are in the Big Easy for our fourth annual Artist Activism Camp, which brings together emerging and established artists to talk about how to incorporate positive social change into their lives and careers. The three-day retreat is followed by Musicians Bringing Musicians Home IV, a benefit concert for Sweet Home New Orleans —a non-profit group that provides housing and financial assistance to musicians displaced by Hurricane Katrina. read more
FMC staff are off to New Orleans for our annual Artist Activism Camp and the Musicians Bringing Musicians Home IV concert event. MBMHIV is the rockin’ finale of the fourth three-day activist retreat hosted by FMC and Air Traffic Control since Katrina wracked the region in 2005. Artists from around the country converge on New Orleans to tour affected neighborhoods, visit with the city’s notable musicians and community leaders and participate in strategy sessions about how to integrate activism and philanthropy into their musical lives and careers.
It’s that time of year again (we’re not talking about the holidays, but yes, they’re happening too). read more
Washington, DC â€” On Thursday, December 4, Will Oldham (Bonnie “Prince” Billy), Nicole Atkins, Hank Shocklee (Bomb Squad, Future Frequency), Alec Ounsworth (Clap Your Hands Say Yeah), Jonny 5 and Brer Rabbit (Flobots) and Waterflow (of Senegalese hip-hop band Wageble) come together for “Musicians Bringing Musicians Home IV” â€” a special evening of music at Tipitina’s Uptown in New Orleans. “Musicians Bringing Musicians Home IV” is the celebratory and fundraising finale of the fourth three-day activist retreat hosted by Air Traffic Control and Future of Music Coalition since the Gulf Coast storms of 2005. Artists from around the country converge on New Orleans to tour affected neighborhoods, visit with the city’s notable musicians and community leaders and participate in strategy sessions about how to integrate activism and philanthropy into their musical lives and careers. read more
In 2008 and 2009, FMC teamed up with realizePhiladelphia, a non-profit group that promotes social causes through musical and educational events, to create web.illish.us: a multi-faceted web and live show effort to raise awareness about net neutrality and democratic access to the media. Proceeds from the web.illish.us events support FMC’s Rock the Net campaign. read more
Our friends at Sweet Home New Orleans — a Big Easy non-profit that provides housing and assistance to musicians displaced by Hurricane Katrina — are the beneficiaries of a major bridal show at New Orleans’ W Hotel on October 30, 2008. read more
FMC has been following the back-and-forth about webcasting royalty rates almost as long as webcasting has existed. We’ve always recognized the value of smaller online broadcasters to the online music world — their passion and energy mean an awful lot of music that would otherwise have no outlet can reach ears around the world. We also support the continued development of larger webcast services, particularly the ones with innovative technology that conforms to your personal taste, like Pandora. On the other hand, we believe that artists should be fairly compensated for their work, and that the success of new technologies can’t come at the expense of creators’ interests. read more
FMC staff just got back from the land of Bears and brats, and, while we’re happy to be home, we’re already wondering how we’re gonna find an excuse to get back to the Windy City.
We had blast at both the “What’s the Future for Musicians?” event (Sept. 22), and the Hideout Block Party (Sept. 20-21). Chicago is a mighty fine city, and we were honored to give its musical inhabitants some tips about the challenges and opportunities of this digital era. read more
You’ve probably heard some of the buzz around Girl Talk — the biomedical engineer-turned DJ whose sample-based music is making waves among hipsters, tastemakers and even the New York Times.
Girl Talk released his most recent album, Feed the Animals, in June 2008. On it, Gillis blatantly samples over 300 artists, demonstrating his uncanny ability to overlay music from traditionally isolated genres: metal riffs run alongside ’70s love songs and West Coast rap; today’s pop gets down with ’60s R&B and classic rock. With its hundreds of easily recognizable samples, the album is part parlor game, part love letter to three decades of popular music. read more
A handful of posts ago, we talked about NYC producer/musician Joel Hamilton’s cross-country Vespa ride to raise money for his friend and fellow producer Scott Harding, who was critically injured in a hit-and-run accident while leaving a late night studio session. Joel’s trek also benefits FMC’s Health Insurance Navigation Tool (HINT) — a free service that provides information to musicians about their health insurance options.
We recently had the chance to catch up with Joel to talk about how the ride came together and why health insurance is such a crucial issue to the music community. read more