Online Music Retailers Slashing Prices
The Boston Globe has a solid piece on the recent trend in falling prices for online music. Services like Amazon MP3 have been aggressively cutting prices, including a $3.99 deal last week for U2's "No Line on the Horizon," with some other album (not track) prices as low as 99 cents. AppScout.comread more
FMC pal Charles McEnerney of Well-Rounded Radio (a very cool podcast site that conducts interviews and connects listeners to what’s happening outside of mainstream music) recently spoke with Jeff Price, founder/CEO of TuneCore — a service that allows musicians to distribute their music to all the online retailers and on-demand streaming sites such as iTunes, Amazon MP3, eMusic, Rhapsody, Lala and Napster.
On January 9-13, 2009, FMC partnered with the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) and FTM Arts Law for the annual APAP conference. 2009’s event, “Conscious Connections,” took place at the Sheraton and Hilton Hotels in New York City.
The three sessions FMC participated in looked at the basics of copyright, contracts and royalties, a best practices discussion/support group for folks who have encountered royalties and copyright issues in their presenting/producing work, and a policy update on where the copyright landscape is headed. read more
On September 23, songwriters, publishers, record labels and digital music services announced they had reached an agreement on mechanical royalties for songs played on online music services.
Called a “breakthrough that will facilitate new ways to offer music to consumers online,” the voluntary agreement crafted by the Digital Media Association (DiMA), the National Music Publishers— Association (NMPA), the RIAA, the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) and the Songwriters Guild of America (SGA) ended a longstanding dispute about mechanical royalties for interactive streaming and limited downloads. read more
Today’s music landscape is filled with both excitement and foreboding. With so many new technologies and ways to promote and distribute music, how do performers, composers, songwriters and independent labels know how to participate, who to trust, and what is most effective?
FMC and The Public Theater and other musician organizations presented our sixth “What’s the Future for Musicians?” educational event, this one in New York City on October 6, 2008. read more
Yesterday, Washington, D.C.’s Channel 9 talked to FMC Executive Director Ann Chaitovitz about the launch of MySpace Music — which lets users listen to pretty much the entire catalogs of the major labels, create playlists and share the tunes with their friends. Supported by advertising, the music is free to stream on-demand for anyone with a MySpace account. If you want to purchase any of the tracks to play outside of MySpace, you get rerouted to the Amazon MP3 store. 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
Remember when we told you about the “What’s the Future for Musicians?” events in Chicago and New York City? Well, now we’ve got more details, including a date and venue for our sampling panel (also in NYC). An incredible array of panelists and presenters are lined up to inform on a range of topics crucial to today’s musicians. Whether you play rock, jazz, folk, country, world, classical or hip-hop, these events will get you up to speed the issues that affect you — now and in the future. read more
Sorry for the radio silence, everyone â€” we’ve been getting ready to announce a whole bunch of info about our upcoming events, including the date and venue for "Creative License: A Conversation about Music, Law and Fair Use." Stay tuned for more info! Oh, and here’s that news ya ordered: read more