A small delegation of Future of Music Coalition staffers will be descending upon Austin next week for the city’s annual South By Southwest festival. If you’re not already familiar with “South By,” you’re probably reading the wrong blog. Let’s just say it’s where the indie music world comes together to rock, party and participate in panels. We’ll be doing a little of all three. read more
Not too long ago we posted about Presidential hopefuls’ various positions on technology, with an eye towards net neutrality. Well, the other day, we stumbled across a list of their views on related issues like copyright and intellectual property. Some of this information is dated, because a few candidates have since quit the race. But it’s still pretty illuminating.
Happy New Year from FMC! We were as busy as ever as 2007 wound to a close, but we still found time for a little end-of-the-year cheer. As usual, we’ve got some big news to report, so pour yourself one last glass of bubbly and read on.
Ann Chaitovitz named Executive Director of Future of Music Coalition
Two concerts to benefit New Orleans musicians
Policy Summit 07 podcasts and webcasts now available
"Hope for Home" house party to benefit Al "Carnival Time" Johnson a success
FMC at Arts Presenters
Media Ownership and LPFM update
Upcoming Event: SanFranMusicTech, February 25, 2008
We at FMC are always pleased when musicians donate their time and energy to help other musicians. So we’re psyched about two shows taking place in New Orleans next week that benefit artists still struggling in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. read more
On September 19, FMC’s Jenny Toomey and Jean Cook headed to Chicago to host the Rock the Media party at Delilah‘s in Chicago. The culmination of a week’s worth of trainings in advance of the final FCC Media Ownership hearing in Chicago, the party brought media activists and music lovers together to enjoy local hip hop from DJ Sean Doe, and a rousing performance by Jon Langford and Co. Sitting in with the band was FCC Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein on harmonica, who played Johnny Cash covers late into the night. read more
It’s T-minus seven to this year’s FMC Policy Summit, and it’s shaping up to be one of the best yet. Register today to guarantee your seat, because we’re very close to capacity in the theatre, and online registration will close at midnight, Friday, Sept 14.
FMC welcomes Senator Bryon Dorgan and Senator Ron Wyden as keynote speakers
On Monday, FMC’s Jenny Toomey will welcome attendees to the Policy Summit, backed by New Orleans musician Al “Carnival Time” Johnson.
Marybeth Peters, Register, US Copyright Office, will participate in a special conversation with USPTO’s Ann Chaitovitz about her 40 years at the Office, and the impact of new technologies on the copyright system. read more
Time is almost up to apply for a musicians’ scholarship to the Future of Music Policy Summit in Washington DC September 17-18th. We have 15 scholarships left to award to musicians that would like to come to the Policy Summit next month, so if you’d like to be one of the attendees and cannot otherwise afford the registration fee, please apply now.
Now in its seventh year, the Future of Music Policy Summit brings an unprecedented group of panelists and keynote speakers together with an engaged, diverse audience for a robust debate about the critical issues at the intersection of music, law, technology and policy.
Not to brag, but our annual Policy Summit went off very well this week with speakers such as Sen. Byron Dorgan, Copyright Office head Marybeth Peters, musician Bob Mould and a raft of really other great and insightful people. Here’s some of the coverage, so if you missed it you can catch up on some of the proceedings. We will have podcasts, as well as some audio and perhaps video forthcoming of the summit.
Rob Pegoraro over at The Washington Post’s Faster Forward blog has a good run down of Day 1 of the summit. read more
After many long months of work, the Future of Music Coalition Policy Summit kicked off this morning. FMC Executive Director Jenny Toomey and New Orleans crooner Al "Carnival Time" Johnson got things started. Jenny gave a short intro speech and Al, who lost his home to Katrina, played his powerful lament to the hurricane "Lower Ninth Ward Blues."
The first panel a "State of the Union" on the music industry, featured musician Bob Mould, entertainment attorney Rosemary Carroll, Nonesuch senior VP David Bither, Superchunk member and co-owner of Merge Records Mac McCaughan, and Chairman and Founder of the Mobile Entertainment Forum of the Americas Ralph Simon. read more