Legitimate digital business models and legitimate digital music marketplaces are critical to musicians’ ability to promote, distribute and earn compensation for their music. This document translates the Principles for Artist Compensation in 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. read more
You don't need us to tell you that economic times are tough—musicians are feeling the financial pinch just like anyone else. On the upside, they're getting really creative about how they make music and market themselves. From a personal "lunch date" at the Cheesecake Factory to a live performance in your living room, today's artists are doing whatever it takes to establish a fanbase and hopefully sell some music.
As David Byrne (who actually appeared at our 2006 Policy Summit) once sang, "same as it ever was." read more
In late 2008, it was reported that the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) was working with Internet Service Providers (the folks that make your internet go) on a new strategy to combat the unauthorized sharing of copyrighted material. Instead of suing individual infringers, the RIAA said it would focus on a "graduated response" to unauthorized uses. read more
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
We don't know about you, but last weeks House Judiciary Committee hearing on the Public Performance Right for Sound Recording is still very fresh on our minds. With support and opposition coming from all sides, the issue is very much at the forefront of music-biz discussions. read more
Just wanted to let all you Austin-bound peeps that Alex Maiolo, project coordinator for FMC's Health Navigation Tool (HINT), will be at South By Southwest this year, rocking out and spreading the word about this free service for musicians. read more
Are you a musician living without health insurance?
You’re not alone. A 2010 FMC survey of 1,450 musicians found that 33 percent didn’t have insurance. This is lower than the 44 percent that responded to our 2002 survey, but still more than twice the amount of uninsured in the general public.
In 2005, FMC teamed up with Alex Maiolo and Chris Stephenson to create HINT – the Health Insurance Navigation Tool. HINT provides informed, musician-friendly support and advice to musicians who need information about health insurance, for free.
Yesterday (March 10, 2009), the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on the Public Performance Right for Sound Recordings, which featured testimony from folks on all sides of the issue, including one bona fide rock star (no, President Obama didn't stop by).
Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins joined Mitch Bainwol (Chairman and CEO, RIAA), Paul Almeida (President, Department for Professional Employees, AFL-CIO), W. Lawrence Patrick (President, Patrick Communications), Stan Liebowitz, Ph.D. (Ashbel Smith Distinguished Professor of Managerial Economics, University of Texas at Dallas) and Steve Newbury (Chairman of the Radio Board, National Association of Broadcasters) to present their views on the Public Performance Right. read 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.
Concert ticket giant Ticketmaster and the world’s largest concert promoter, Live Nation have proposed a merger that would see many music industry services — ticketing, promotion, venues and artist representation — combined in one company. On February 24, 2009, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on the matter that included representatives from both Ticketmaster and Live Nation, as well as the independent promotions/ticketing and public interest sectors. The House Judiciary Committee took up the issue on February 26, 2009. In the interest of providing a balanced look at the possible pros and cons of the proposal, FMC solicited statements from experts on both sides of the debate, which are included here. read more