Today's post is by FMC Communications Intern Peter Haugen.
For the past seven years, Rhapsody was partnered with RealNetworks and MTV, but, as of Tuesday morning, the music subscription service is flying solo. In other words, Rhapsody, which has been around for the better part of a decade, is now officially labeled a “start-up.” Again.
So why, exactly, did the company decide to go its own way? Did Rhapsody, like many people who chose to end a relationship, simply need its space? read more
FMC’s Casey Rae-Hunter thinks popular Web-streaming services like Pandora, Rhapsody, LastFM, Mog and Spotify could become more viable due to economies of scale. More users equal more revenue, and possibly lower prices for the service to consumers.
“It seems that consumers have been trained by the Internet to believe that they can get anything they want whenever they want,” he said. “The key is to make sure that the creator is getting paid somewhere.”
A bigger worry for musicians, on top of simply getting paid, is finding a way to deal with medical costs. Nonprofit group the Future of Music Coalition (FMC) recently launched a new online survey on health insurance and musicians, with polling set to close April 1. In a previous survey, held in 2002, 44% of the nearly 2,700 respondents said they did not have health insurance, compared with 14% of the overall population in the 2000 census. Of the 1,368 respondents who did have health insurance, 25% bought it themselves, not through an employer.
Future of Music Coalition; National Association of Media Arts & Culture; Fractured Atlas
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Every member of the arts community has been impacted by the unprecedented challenges and opportunities proffered by technology. This paper briefly examines some of the challenges and opportunities presented by the digital era, and also suggests how the development and maintenance of certain digital infrastructure is critical to a successful and resilient 21st century arts and cultural sector.
Future of Music Coalition’s comments to the Office of the Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC) in the office’s efforts to promote the development of a Joint Strategic Plan for improving the government’s intellectual property efforts.
FMC recommends that IPEC take into consideration a broad range of stakeholders â€” including the independent music community â€” as it considers issues that could impact this sector, particularly matters pertaining to creators’ access to the still-evolving digital marketplace.
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