George Grantham, the drummer of Poco, suffered a stroke 3 years ago, but his medical bills are still mounting. His daughter, Gracie, is helping raise money for his medical bills by selling donated music paraphernalia from some of the top names in the music industry on eBay. Information about Grantham’s condition can be found at Poconut.
Here’s a little bit about Grantham and the campaign from Nitty Gritty Dirt Band member John McEuen: read more
On Thursday, July 17, FMC and Pitchfork co-hosted the “It Takes a Nation” panel at the Chicago Cultural Center’s Claudia Cassidy Theater. The event was moderated by media professor and documentary filmmaker Kembrew McLeod, who is the driving force behind Creative License, FMC’s upcoming book about sampling. read more
We recently spoke with Sidney Chen, Artistic Administrator for avant-classical ensemble Kronos Quartet, about why net neutrality needs to be preserved. With an ecelctic repertoire ranging from film soundtracks to chamber interpretations of Bartok and Jimi Hendrix, Kronos aren’t your typical mainstream band. The open internet allows them to reach potential audiences in a way that conventional media — with its gatekeepers and middlemen — cannot. That’s why they’re founding members of FMC’s Rock the Net campaign, which raises awareness about the importance of net neutrality to the music community.
But how about we let Sidney explain it in his own words? read more
Truly legendary hip-hop releases are rare, but Public Enemy’s groundbreaking 1988 album It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back easily earns the distinction. With its pointed socio-political commentary and inventive production, the album represented (and still does) urban music’s cutting edge. On Thursday, July 17, this essential piece of hip-hop history got its due. Future of Music Coalition and concert destination Pitchfork Music Festival hosted a discussion with PE frontman Chuck D, members of the group’s production team and music media experts about It Takes a Million.
FCC Chairman plans to recommend censure against Comcast
Federal Communications Commission chairman Kevin Martin plans to recommend that the FCC issue a warning against the ISP for imposing "arbitrarily limits" on its subscribers. The recommendation, now circulating internally, would require various disclosure and procedural shifts without applying penalties. Margaret Kane, News.comread more
With more than 20 million views of their treadmill video, OKGO has the kind of exposure and constituency that politicians dream of. OKGO and the Future of Music Coalition took that political muscle to Capitol Hill last Thursday to talk about two very important issues: low power radio and net neutrality.
The boys, who looked natty in vintage suits, also got to fill in the lawmakers on their recent trip to New Orleans, along with FMC, to raise money for artists displaced by Hurricane Katrina.
Regular readers of this blog are probably familiar with our Full Power Licensing Series, in which journalist and radio aficionado Mike Janssen talks to community organizations about their experience in applying for full power, non-commercial FM licenses.
Janssen had a hand in FMC’s Full Power Initiative, which sought out arts and community groups who might want to take advantage of the FCC’s October 2007 licensing window. read more
New York Magazine’s Vulture blog (which is always entertaining) just made The Wrens its lead item in its "Right Click" column. They’re talking about the "gorgeous new Wrens song" called "Sleep" that appears on our upcoming Rock the Net: Musicians for Net Neutrality CD.
The disc officially comes out on July 29, via Thirsty Ear Recordings. But you can preview it (and purchase a limited-time discounted digital copy) here.
Get ready: here comes hip-hop history. FMC and Pitchfork Music Festival Present: It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back is the ONLY panel discussion at 2008’s Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago, and it’s gonna be an exciting one. The event takes place in the Claudia Cassidy Theatre at the Chicago Cultural Center on Thursday, July 17. read more
This post brings to an end my series about the varied groups across the country hoping to start new noncommercial radio stations. As these profiles have shown, the FCC’s filing window last fall marked a rare and important opportunity for many different kinds of organizations — from Unitarians to Catholics, Hare Krishnas to reclusive fly-fishermen — to share their views and build bridges with their neighbors. read more