It’s usually around now that we begin talking about our annual Future of Music Policy Summit, but this time, we’re changing things up a bit. Since there’s a Federal election set to take place in November, we decided to organize a few smaller, more focused events in the fall, while gearing up for more policy-related programming early in 2009.
Because last April’s “What’s the Future for Musicians?” seminars in upstate New York went so awesomely, we thought it would be a good time for another road trip. FMC and our whip-smart associates will be in Chicago and New York City this fall for two more information-packed forums for musicians, indie labels and fans. read more
Washington, DC â€“ Future of Music Coalition is gearing up for events through 2008 and 2009 that will examine the crucial issues at the intersection of music, technology, policy and law. Expanding on seminars held earlier this year in upstate New York, FMC is organizing forums in Chicago, New York City and Washington, D.C. The seminars will be guided by a core group of presenters with a wide range of expertise related to music promotion and distribution, web development, policy, copyright and law. Attendees will have an opportunity to interact with peer-experts in breakout sessions and roundtable discussions. The “What’s The Future for Musicians?” series is co-presented by the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago, and the Public Theater in New York City.
On Thursday, July 17, FMC and Pitchfork co-hosted the “It Takes a Nation” panel at the Chicago Cultural Center’s Claudia Cassidy Theater. The event was moderated by media professor and documentary filmmaker Kembrew McLeod, who is the driving force behind Creative License, FMC’s upcoming book about sampling. read more
What's a panel discussion of Public Enemy's classic 1988 album It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back without Public Enemy frontman Chuck D? Fortunately, we won't have to find out, since the outspoken PE figurehead will now join Bomb Squad members Hank and Keith Shocklee, PE "media assassin" Harry Allen, and scholar/filmmaker Kembrew McLeod in a discussion of the landmark record at the Chicago Cultural Center's Claudia Cassidy Theater on Thursday, July 17.
As previously reported, this is just one of many events leading up to this year's Pitchfork Music Festival, which takes place July 18-20 at Chicago's Union Park. The Pitchfork Music Festival is hosting the panel along with the Future of Music Coalition.
As if the Pitchfork Music Festival didn’t already hold enough thrills, Future of Music Coalition is co-presenting a panel discussion on Public Enemy’s seminal hip-hop album It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back, at the the Chicago Cultural Center’s Claudia Cassidy Theater on Thursday, July 17. (The group will perform the album in its entirety at the Pitchfork Fest the following evening.) read more
We just received exciting news that Chuck D — mouthpiece for legendary hip-hop act Public Enemy, will be appearing at FMC and Pitchfork’s “It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back” talk at the Cultural Center on Thursday, July 17.
The event was already gonna be awesome, with Hank and Keith Shocklee — one half of Public Enemy’s production unit, the Bomb Squad — talking about how they fashioned their powerful world of sound. Now, PE’s culturally astute and outspoken frontman Chuck D will join journalist, activist and PE Media Assassin Harry Allen and the Bomb Squad in a lively conversation led by media professor and documentary filmmaker Kembrew McLeod (Copyright Criminals: This Is a Sampling Sport). read more
Stay tuned for a closer look at Sweet Home New Orleans, and the terrific work they do. www.futureofmusic.org FMC in Brazil
Wednesday, July 16, 2008 10:59 AM
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Several FMC staffers recently returned from Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, where they convened with international musicians for discussions and public panels about the issues and challenges that musicians face in an ever-evolving field. read more
Future of Music Coalition’s Michael Bracy and Ann Chaitovitz just got back from Minneapolis, Minnesota, where they took part in the National Conference on Media Reform — a two-day extravaganza hosted by our friends at Free Press. read more
A few weeks ago we blogged about FMC’s trip to Buffalo, New York, where we debuted our “What’s the Future for Musicians?” forum. That highly successful event was the first in a handful of presentations throughout New York State rounding out the month of April.
The final forum took place on April 30 in Albany, which followed events in Rochester and Syracuse a couple of days before. Hundreds of local musicians turned up for the forums, which included presentations on online promotion and distribution, access to media, compensation in a digital age, and the importance of open internet structures. read more