The Chicago Tribune’s Greg Kot is covering the Future of Music Coalition Policy Summit but as a preview to his coverage he published some interesting album sales info that he received.
In 2008 more than 115,000 albums were released, but only 110 sold more than 250,000 copies, a mere 1,500 topped 10,000 sales, and fewer than 6,000 cracked the 1,000 barrier. He doesn’t say so in the article but rather in the comments section that these are based on SoundScan numbers, so it is assumed they are primarily dealing with physical albums sales and not digital.
The Future of Music Coalition Policy Summit got rolling Sunday, an annual meeting of musicians, tech-heads, artist managers, academics and music-biz entrepreneurs. The summit?s forward-looking approach is all about making the best of the new reality created by Internet technology and how that might be affected by government policy decisions.
Throughout the month of September, Community Cinema presented free preview screenings of the documentary D TOUR. Each of the 36 events between September 1 and September 29 connected audience members with information about local organ donation registries and shared the stories of transplant recipients and the donors who saved their lives.
What?s your role in the Future of Music Coalition?
I started going to the Policy Summit when I was still in law school, on a musician scholarship. Since then I?ve gotten to know most of the people on the board, particularly Michael Bracy, the co-founder and policy director. I?ve done a bit of transactional work for FMC, but mostly I?m just an avid supporter and a member of their advisory board. I?m doing a panel at the Policy Summit next month, which is a huge thrill. It?s a real honor and privilege to be involved and to participate in the policy discussions. It?s such a challenging yet incredible time for this industry. read more
Yesterday, we told you a little bit about FMC's fight for artists' free speech and right to creative expression via a legal brief on the FCC's indecency policy. Well, we're at it again — this time in the form of FCC reply comments to a MusicFIRST petition originally filed with the Commission back in August. read more
Future of Music Coalition (FMC) respectfully submits these Reply Comments in the
above captioned proceeding regarding MusicFIRST?s Petition for a Declaratory Ruling
Regarding the Actions of Certain Radio Broadcasters in Opposition to the Performance
Rights Act.1 FMC has a long history of supporting the passage of legislation that would
establish a public performance right for sound recordings that would ensure that
performers are compensated when their work is played over the air, but more importantly
we are especially troubled by allegations that artists have been threatened with a loss of airplay as a result of their willingness to engage in a public policy debate. We appreciate the Commission?s attention to this important matter.
Don't miss Mac at the 2009 Future of Music Policy Summit (Oct. 4-6, Georgetown University Washington, DC)!We at Future of Music Coalition are huge fans of Mac McCaughan, and not just because he's a member of indie-rock stalwarts Superchunk and Portastatic. And not only due to the fact that he co-founded in 1989 one of the most influential and forward-looking independent record labels around, Merge Records. And not simply because Mac is an all-around awesome dude (which he is). read more
On behalf of the Future of Music Coalition I want to express our appreciation for this workshop and the overall process that the Commission has undertaken. We believe strongly that the public needs to be engaged in the complicated policy debates that the FCC is taking on, from reforming radio to developing a national broadband plan, and we appreciate your efforts and being invited to participate in today’s workshop. read more
My name is Alex Shapiro, and I?m a composer. My use of the internet has significantly shaped the evolution of my career, and has allowed me to reach audiences around the world, obtain commissions, and sell recordings and scores ? all from a fairly isolated outpost on a bridge-less island in Washington State.
On Thursday, September 17 at 9:30 AM ET, FMC Policy Director Michael Bracy and composer Alex Shapiro will participate in an FCC broadband workshop called "The Role of Content in the Broadband Ecosystem." According to the Commission's broadband taskforce, this workshop aims to "address issues pertaining to online content and its role in the broadband ecosystem." read more