WASHINGTON — After years of hanging their heads or sitting on the sidelines as disruptive digital forces chipped away at the music industry’s bottom line, working-class musicians and songwriters are starting to embrace the power of banding together and agitating for change, whether it’s engaging lawmakers to influence policy or joining coalitions that will fight for their interests. At the Future of Music Coaltion’s 15th annual Music Policy Summit here, the unofficial theme that emerged was a need to organize and rally to bring about real changes in the way musicians and songwriters are compensated in an evolving industry. read more
This week on the podcast we’re sitting down with DC’s Jonny Grave in advance of his Third Annual Halloween Circus at taking place at the Black Cat in Washington, DC this weekend. Part bluesman, part historian, and all heart, Jonny shares his love of music, DC, history and much, much more. First though, fresh off two days at this year’s Future Of Music Coalition Policy Summit, Kevin shares some brief thoughts on the conference, the organization, and what it all means to you, (especially if you’re a musician). And finally, following a hot tip from Random Nerds’ Bryce Taylor Rudow (@brycetrudow), we’re playing a track from Columbia, MD rapper K.A.A.N.’s most excellent mixtape, Abstract Art. read more
Attorney and Associate Academic Specialist David Herlihy will moderate a panel at the Future of Music Coalition Policy Summit in Washington, DC on October 26-27. The summit seeks to address “the important issues facing musicians and composers in an evolving landscape for music. From local scenes to the global marketplace, from investment and innovation to policy and sustainability, there has never been a more important time for an open and honest discussion about the future of music.”
The state of the music industry today is such that managers are required to wear a variety of hats and develop unique strategies for different artists. The Future of Music Coalition’s upcoming Managers Session panel will be an excellent opportunity to hear from several successful managers in the business and pick up a few tricks of the trade.
It’s easy to feel like radio is a format on life support. On the FM dial, Clear Channel (ahem, excuse me, iHeartRadio) controls huge swaths of our broadcast landscape. Indie stations do exist—and are a Godsend on road trips—but they’re few and far between. Of course, there are tons of digital options, including tailored channels and online streamers where algorithms do the heavy lifting. But will the audience continue to grow or eventually fade out? read more
Hello world! I’m Kelsey, FMC’s Policy Intern for fall 2015. I’m so excited to be coming on board with the 15th annual Future of Music Policy Summit less than 2 months away on October 26 and 27 here in DC. As always, we have two packed days of keynotes and panels that will help you navigate the Wild West of today’s intersecting music and tech industries with an eye towards the policy issues that influence it all. Now we all play favorites, so here are some of the talks I’m looking forward to the most. (Check out the full lineup; more speakers are added daily!)read more
Whether you’re looking for some holiday gift ideas or planning to spend some downtime by the fire this winter, here’s a selection of music books we especially enjoyed this year. We suggest picking them up at your local independent bookseller. Have we missed one of your favorites? Let us know in the comments!
I’ll Take You There: Mavis Staples, the Staple Singers, and the March Up Freedom’s Highway
by Greg Kot (Scribner)read more
Almost two weeks ago Sohrab went to DC performing at The October Revolution in Jazz event at Union Arts curated by Luke Stewart and attending the two days 14th Future of Music Policy Summit at Georgetown University. Future of Music Coalition (FMC) is a U.S. 501(c)(3) national non-profit organization specializing in education, research and advocacy for musicians with a focus on issues at the intersection of music technology, policy and law.