Today's entry was written by superstar FMC intern Dan Eno.
The word metadata may sound more Star Trek than rock star, but it is a critical issue for musicians trying to make a living via emerging digital revenue streams. But what is metadata? As important as it may be to ensuring proper paychecks, many musicians still do not know. read more
FMC's Walter McDonough talks to Pennsylvania's WITF about the state of the recorded music industry since the advent of digital technologies like filesharing.On July 27, FMC founding Board member and General Counsel Walter McDonough chatted live on "Smart Talk" -- a program that airs on Pennsylvania's WITF FM.
Walter called in to talk about the state of the record industry since the advent of digital technologies like filesharing. Joining him was David Ivory, Producer/Owner of Ivory Productions. read more
Holy crap — it’s
newsletter time again already!?!
Well, we’ve got plenty
to talk about, including
our brand-new “I Support
Community Radio” artist
video campaign, a couple
of victories for Low Power
FM radio and a more on our
upcoming FMC Policy Summit.
Read on for the details.
FMC Policy Summit: Oct.
4-6, 2009 - we want your input!
Big wins for Low
Community Radio” artist
Bringing Musicians Home
Digital Music News ran a short item today about Spotify -- a fast-growing free/subscription streaming service that's available overseas but not yet in the US. The article is about a demo of an upcoming app for Google's Android cellphone platform: read more
TuneCore is one of a handful of companies (including CD Baby and ReverbNation) offering digital (and in some instances physical) distribution for the DIY musician. For a relatively small fee, artists using these services can get their tunes in all the major digital music sellers (iTunes, eMusic, Rhapody, etc.) -- which means a coffeehouse strummer can be in the same "store" as Beyoncé -- Pretty cool, huh? CD Baby will also handle the warehousing and mailorder for your physical discs, and most of these services provide referrals for custom-batch CD manufacturing. read more
[…] “We’re setting up a friction that doesn’t exist between consumer rights and copyright, so how do we encourage dissemination and access to all of these works that are being created? We need to rewrite the copyright laws,” said panelist Ann Chaitovitz, former executive director at the Future of Music Coalition and a copyright attorney-advisor to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
With even members of Congress “tweeting,” it was probably inevitable that the ubiquitous status-updating service Twitter would start being used for things that were just a glimmer in some developer’s eye even a few short few months ago. Besides hipping your “followers” to what you had for breakfast, users are also playing DJ — building playlists on other digital services and “sharing” tunes with the greater Twitterverse. read more
You may have heard the news about Apple's iTunes store moving to a variable pricing model, which means no more fixed 99 cents for individual songs across the board. (iTunes previously had different pricing on its DRM-free "iTunes Plus" offerings, but that looks to be all over, as the retailer is removing all the digital locks from its 10 million-song catalog.) read more
WASHINGTON, DC – Future of Music Coalition continues its pursuit of equitable structures for musicians with the release of the Principles for Musician Compensation in New Business Models (or “Artist Principles”) — a set of broad guidelines outlining best practices for ensuring creator compensation in an evolving music landscape. Crafted by artist advocate Ann Chaitovitz with input from industry experts, the principles offer a clear framework for those looking to utilize musicians’ creative works in the pursuit of new business models.
Legitimate digital business models and legitimate digital music marketplaces are critical to musicians’ ability to promote, distribute and earn compensation for their music. Recently, a number of new models have been proposed that would compensate copyright owners through indirect means: shares of ad revenue, fees on physical devices or broadband access, or equity stakes in a company, for example. We encourage such talks and experimentation. However, the needs of those who actually create the music — the performers and songwriters — cannot be overlooked in any discussions between corporate content owners and the businesses that use the music.
FMC believes that any new business models should embrace the following principles: read more