[…] “It’s been 10 years since Napster, and now we have some perspective,” says Thomson, of the Future of Music Coalition. She says the industry’s efforts to preserve old rules of the business - by limiting digital copies and pursuing people who downloaded music illegally - have failed.
“They had some success, but they can’t get back to the point where there’s forced scarcity. Before 1999, where could you buy records? You could buy them at the store, and you could hear them on the radio. The Internet changed all that.” […]
Dr. Anderson also talks about one of the biggest things that plague musicians today: health care. “Being a touring musician, you put your health on the line. From eating unhealthy food daily, to working under unsafe conditions, to the activity of the physical performance—not to mention drugs and alcohol. If a musician gets sick, he has very few options. Thirty-three percent of musicians don’t have health insurance. Compare that to 17 percent of the population. That number is alarming.” He touts the Future of Music Coalition with making strides in this area. […] “They have on their website, HINT (Health Insurance Navigation Tool), which offers advice on health care options in their state.
In March, the Washington D.C.-based nonprofit Future of Music Coalition completed an online survey of musicians regarding health insurance. Thirty-three percent of the more than 1,400 who responded were without insurance. By comparison, a recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found 15 percent of Americans without health insurance in 2009.
It’s impossible to know the exact numbers in Portland, but when Susannah Weaver was asked if she had insurance, her “No” came with an intonation that suggested it was the dumbest question she’d ever been asked.
Earlier this week, a simple request came into our Facebook page. Would we become a fan of “I Buy Music”? Being the music geeks we are, we got on the horn with Cory Brown, founder of Bay Area indie label Absolutely Kosher Records, who started this campaign. read more
Recently, All Things Digital’s MediaMemo reported on some anonymous-insider murmurings (are there any other kind?) about Sony and other major labels prepping to launch a classical music-oriented digital store. (According to the rumors, jazz is a possibility as well.)
But why a genre-specific download store? Isn’t classical music available at other sites and services?
The Columbus Music Co-op, which provides uninsured central Ohio musicians with money to help defray unexpected medical bills, was conceived in 2005 by Jess Faller and Erin Moore….”We can relate to how it feels,” said Faller, 31, who spent eight months without a job in 2008 after her position was eliminated at Huntington National Bank.
Undersoring her point: An April survey of 1,451 musicians conducted by the Washington advocacy group Future of Music Coalition found that a third of the respondents lacked health insurance - perhaps because of high costs, a lack of knowledge or a touring schedule that prohibits a full-time job with benefits.
Last weekend, our man Alex Maiolo was at Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago for three days of skinny jeans, warm beer and music. But it wasn’t all R&R: Alex was there to talk to musicians and managers about FMC’s Health Insurance Navigation Tool (HINT). From July 16-18, Alex was there hepping the hepcats to their health insurance options and how the new health care reforms might impact musicians. If you were there, we hope you got to say hello!
Here’s some more of what’s been happening in the wide world of music-tech-policy-law… read more