We’ll post a full report about "Threads and Cred" — the final installment of web.illish.us at Silk City in Philadelphia — in just a few, but for now you can check out this preview in Philly’s City Paper. The item includes quotes about net neutrality (the underlying theme of this multi-faceted series of events) from Dejha Ti of realizePhiladelphia, our web.illish.us partners.
Check the web.illish.us site for archived video of the live webcast of this and previous episodes.
Happy New Year from FMC! With 2008 in the rearview, it’s full speed ahead for ‘09. We’re already looking forward to a whole bunch of stuff, including a kick-ass inauguration concert and our D.C. Policy Day. Read on for the details!
1. Chicago bands rock the Big Shoulders Ball
2. D.C. Policy Day: speakers/panelists added!
3. web.illish.us episode III: Kiss My RSS
4. FMC’s Ann Chaitovitz in Huffington Post
5. Kristin Thomson on Minnesota Public Radio
6. A letter to the President-Elect
7. FMC at APAP
8. Good news from NOLA: Al "Carnival Time" Johnson gets his house!
9. Podcast interview with Tom Roe of free103point9
10. Save the Date: SanFranMusicTech - May 18, 2009
11. How are we doing?
Windy City pride was on full display pretty much everywhere this weekend, but it was perhaps no more rampant than at the Big Shoulders Ball, hosted jointly by the Hideout nightclub in Chicago and the Black Cat, benefiting the Future of Music Coalition. At the top of the bill were some big names, like Andrew Bird and Ted Leo, and some legendary Chi-town music scene vets, like Eleventh Dream Day and the Waco Brothers.
Billed as “a celebration of citizen politics, independent music and Windy City civic pride,” the $50-a-head event included the dulcet tones of Andrew Bird, postrock titan Tortoise, and bluesman David “Honeyboy” Edwards, among others. Presented by Chicago music venue the Hideout, which Tuten co-owns, and grassroots organizers Interchange, the Big Shoulders Ball also is raising money for the Future of Music Coalition and Chicago Public Schools marching bands.
Hours before the inauguration of President Barack Obama, musicians and crew are scrambling backstage to catch their bus after the Big Shoulders Ball, at Washington’s Black Cat. Jon Langford, of the Mekons and the Waco Brothers, who played a blistering set tonight, talks with City Paper about the historic moment and about the Chicago takeover of Washington. He’s joined by his “bodyguard,” Columbia Law School grad, Future of Music Coalition co-founder, and Obama campaign supporter Walter McDonough.
FUTUREOFMUSICCOALITION presents D.C. Policy Day 2009 at National Geographic Music and Radio and National Geographic Live! :: February 11, 2009.
This daylong event brings together leading voices to debate how changes in the policymaking landscape could impact the music community. Scheduled just two weeks after the start of a new federal administration, the event brings laser-beam focus to the core issues emerging in the courts, in Congress, at the FCC and the Copyright Office.
You may have heard that our town is gonna get pretty wild around inauguration. Factor in the legendary Chicago venue The Hideout bringing kick-ass Chicago bands to the Black Cat in D.C. on Monday, January 19, and a raucous party is a given. And we’ll be on hand to make sure.
So much has happened since our last newsletter, we almost don’t know where to begin. How ‘bout those elections? No matter where you fall on the political spectrum, you gotta admit it was all very exciting. Here in Washington D.C., we’re gearing up for the millions of people coming to town for inauguration. No, you can’t sleep in our office. Check out what we’ve been up to lately, and what’s on the horizon.
web.illish.us: episode II
D.C. Policy Day early registration
Musicians Bringing Musicians Home IV
Send us your burning questions!
FMC on white spaces
Michael Bracy on Well-Rounded Radio
National broadband strategy call to action
Ahoy academics! research bounties still available!
We just wrapped up our events at The Public Theater in New York on October 6, both of which went extremely well. It was a long day for staff, what with our What’s the Future for Musicians? seminar and Creative License panel discussion taking place essentially back-to-back (with an awesome cocktail party in between). Still, it was a blast, and attendees were excited about the range of information offered in both the presentations and breakout sessions. read more