It’s always fun to do a “big unveil,” especially for the event celebrating our ten-year labor of love. So consider us extra psyched to give you the first look at the programming for the 10th Anniversary Future of Music Policy Summit. This three-day extravaganza brings together an incredible array of musicians, arts advocates, policymakers, technologists, media representatives and industry figures to discuss issues at the intersection of music, technology, policy and law. Summit 2010 takes place at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. from October 3-5, 2010. Mark your calendars! read more
What are you doing Friday night? If you’re in DC, why not check out an innovative, locally-grown multimedia project andsupport the Future of Music Coalition while you’re at it?
This Friday at 9pm, local folk-rock quintet the Dreamscapes Project will play a benefit concert for the FMC. The event marks “Day 6” of the group’s yearlong experiment in multimedia collaboration known as the Twelve Days Project.
Launched in January, the Twelve Days Project brings together DC-area musicians, artists, filmmakers and media outlets once a month for twelve months to introduce their work to new audiences and benefit a local cause. read more
During the push for health care reform, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi askedMSNBC host Rachel Maddow to visualize “an economy where people could be an artist or a photographer or a writer without worrying about keeping their day job in order to have health insurance.” But how, exactly, that might happen was unclear. Just days earlier, Pelosi had said, “We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.” read more
The session kicks off with U.S. Copyright Office official Steven Tepp defending ACTA, by saying right from the outset, “Quite candidly, we’re in the midst of a worldwide epidemic of copyright piracy.” What kind of epidemic? Well, he uses that old line about how organized crime groups and terrorists are being funded by copyright infringement — a claim that the industry keeps making, but which makes little sense. Even if it were true that some crime operations are selling bootleg DVDs and such, aren’t they under the same, if not more, pressure from unauthorized internet file sharing?
Primer: The 2009 inauguration of Obama — plus Democratic majorities in Congress — meant a shift in the power dynamic in Washington, DC. How are creative industries faring so far in this administration? Rumor has it that music is enjoyed and revered in the White House, but these are also trying times for policymakers. Can a pro-arts agenda be balanced with pressing economic and infrastructure concerns? Does the cultural community have a role to play in recovery? What legislation will make it out of committee and onto the floor? Top staffers from the House and Senate will discuss the key music-technology-policy issues playing out on Capitol Hill, and how musicians are engaging.
It’s DC Policy Day for the Future of Music Coalition - where staffers from the Judiciary and Commerce committees will discuss topics from broadband policy to copyright to the health care bill. And musicians’ advocates, like F-M-C spokesman Casey Rae-Hunter, will find themselves using phrases like “positive economic multipliers.”
RAE-HUNTER This is a vital sector of the American public. They contribute a lot not only culturally but economically. What can we do to give them the best fighting chance to re-establish themselves as part of the American recovery?
Washington, D.C.—On Tuesday, May 25, national research, education and advocacy nonprofit Future of Music Coalition (FMC) held a day of powerful panels and presentations on key issues impacting the music ecosystem.
Issues addressed in panels and presentation included internet regulation, international copyright concerns, the effect of the recent health care legislation on musicians, Nashville flood relief efforts and the status of legislation affecting the creative class. A live, interactive webcast brought the discussion to a global audience of artists, academics, industry professionals, journalists, music fans and more. read more
So what do you guys think? We’re pretty thrilled with how everything turned out. If you weren’t there and like your music-tech-policy in 140 characters or less, check out the Twitter hastag for the event (#FMC10). read more