At SXSW last week, YouTube unveiled a new opportunity for indie bands called Musicians Wanted. According to a recent YouTube post that provides some details about this program (the pitch is made by the members of Pomplamoose), "If you're a musician, and you want to make a living and do nothing but play music. . . either get signed or stick with YouTube."
Wow. We just wrapped up a panel here at SXSW called Creative Capitol: Music, Culture and Policy Under Obama, and it was amazing. Here's what the roster looked like:
Michael Bracy Policy Director, Future of Music Coalition Rachel Goslins President's Committee on the Arts & Humanities Austin Schlick General Counsel, Federal Communications Commission Tim Tuten Hideout/Department of Education Christine Varney Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust, Department of Justice read more
It’s that time of year again. No, not spring (although DC has finally warmed up a bit). We’re talking South By Southwest season — when artists, music biz-types and fans of all stripes converge on Austin, Texas for a week of live music, focused conversation and general debauchery. FMC is gathering up our SXSW survival gear; maybe we’ll even see you there. But that’s not all we’re up to — read on for the details.
Taking the Pulse: Musicians and Health Insurance survey
Catch FMC at SXSW!
Musicians Bringing Musicians Home VI: benefit for New Orleans artists
Super-ultra-final last chance to plug in on net neutrality at the FCC!
If I Ruled the Blogosphere: Hip-Hop Blogs & Social Change panel in DC
Erin McKeown on the Public Performance Right
Reminder: Brian Zisk’s Future of Money conference & SanFran MusicTech summit
WASHINGTON, D.C.— “IF I RULEDTHEBLOGOSPHERE: Hip-Hop Blogs and Social Change” will feature prominent hip-hop bloggers in a dynamic conversation about how artists are gaining traction online, the impact of technology on music promotion and how bloggers and artists can raise awareness about important issues in the hip-hop community and beyond.
Co-sponsored by Words Beats & Life (WBL) and Future of Music Coalition (FMC), the event takes place on Saturday, April 3 at Busboys & Poets (14th and V Streets NW, Washington, D.C.) from 4-7 p.m. read more
Alex Maiolo has worked with The Future of Music Coalition for almost nine years, primarily focusing on the health insurance crisis as it relates to the working musician. In addition, Alex plays in various bands, including the psych-pop outfit Violet Vector & The Lovely Lovelies and ambient/clo-core staple Hi Fi Sky. He is a partner with an insurance agency in the Carrboro/Chapel Hill area of North Carolina. Insurance as it relates to the artist, studio owner and musician is all part of a typical day's tasks.read more
Back in September, we took a good, hard look at the health care crisis in the music community. The handy stat back then came from a survey conducted by the Future of Music Coalition in 2002; it was that 44% of working musicians lived without access to adequate health care, because they were either un- or under-insured. In part one of that investigation, we heard stories directly from musicians, and examined the widespread problem also with help from Alex Maiolo, a health insurance specialist who helps musicians navigate the insurance landscape through a free, non-profit, non-partisan program set by the FMC called HINT (Health Insurance Navigation Tool). In part two, we zoomed out a little, and examined the political situation at the time, offering a sort of glossary to help people understand what the power-holders are talking about, again with input from Alex Maiolo and other sources.
FMC has embarked upon a follow-up survey of musicians regarding their health insurance status. Are you a musician? Are any of your friends or family members currently working musicians? If so, you might want to take the survey. The more we know about the situation, the better able we are to address it… So stand up and be counted!
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 worked with the Old Town School of Folk Music and other musician organizations to program our fifth “What’s the Future for Musicians?” educational event, this one in Chicago on One Web Day — September 22, 2008. read more
Today's post is by FMC intern Peter Haugen, who has a penetrating mind for all manner of speculative musical phenomenon!
It's Friday! Can't think of a better time to speculate on the future of. . . you guessed it.
While flying cars and jetpacks have yet to become a practical reality (but let's not give up hope!), a recent YouTube video serves as a reminder that, musically speaking, the future is closer than we think. If you haven't seen this video yet, try listening to the first two minutes with your eyes closed. read more