SANFRANCISCO – Some of the top names in the music, technology,
law and policy will convene in San Francisco on Wednesday, February 25
to discuss the most relevant issues facing artists and record companies
today, including an in-depth look at emerging technologies and their impact
on the industry. Panelists and participants will meet at the second annual
Music Law Summit West at Hastings College of the Law to debate whether
peer-to-peer file sharing can or should be stopped, the explosive growth
of online music stores, what impact activist musicians can have on political
discourse, and the changing nature of artists’ contracts as music
goes digital. read more
Welcome to 2004. A big THANKYOU! to the FMC supporters who made a contribution
to the organization during our December donor drive. We appreciate your
support. And now we’ve hit the ground running in January, with event
organizing and research agendas in full swing. Here’s the latest news:
June turned out to be quite a busy and productive month for FMC, with
continued work on media ownership issues, a trip out to Apple’s
campus for an iTunes seminar, and an important settlement in the webcasting
world. We get down to details below.
In the words of Phil Collins: "I can feel it coming in the air tonight…Hold On!"
Or better stated, in the words of Patti Smith: "The
people have the power."
A good friend of FMC — John Nichols — once said, “The
civil rights movement didn’t start in the 60s.” In other words,
there were good people in America fighting segregation and racism for
years and years and years before they finally reached the historic moment
when a national movement came together and change was possible. This change
didn’t happen by accident. It was the cumulative result of years of preparation,
education and organizing which finally came to full flower as a bus boycott
that captured the imagination of a country.
The Future of Music Coalition and Common Cause are teaming up to sponsor a concert on Friday, May 23, 2003 at the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC to draw attention to a key vote of a federal agency that will affect what every American watches on TV, reads in the newspaper, and hears on the radio.
WASHINGTON — The Future of Music Coalition and Common Cause are teaming up to sponsor a concert on Friday, May 23, 2003 at the 9:30 Club in Washington DC to draw attention to a key vote of a federal agency that will affect what every American watches on TV, reads in the newspaper, and hears on the radio. read more
It’s amazing how much can happen in
a month. We’ve been criss-crossing the country as of late
from Richmond to Seattle to Austin to Orlando to DC participating
in panels, organizing activists, giving testimony and playing rock shows,
all in the shadow of the profundity of war. With the 24-hour news coverage
of the war, which is simultaneously gripping and sickening, we are forced
to think about how the media affects our lives how it informs us
as citizens and, even more, how it can actually influence the course of
events through its very presence.
Things never seem to slow down at the FMC.
With the media deregulation issues still on the front burners, we’ve been
submitting testimony, preparing documents and participating in a variety
of events, including the FCC hearing in Richmond, VA, the upcoming hearing
in Seattle and events at South by Southwest. There are lots of details
about the importance of these efforts to musicians and citizens below,
so read on!
Put on another pot of coffee, friends, because
this newsletter is long and chock full of info. It seems like we’ve
been running full steam ahead since mid-October, and now that we have
a few moments to catch our breath we can finally relay what we’ve
been up to.
[cue jingle bells] “It’s the most wonderful time of
It most certainly is! Though we FMC board members have a holiday season
filled more with emails, details and name badge-alphabetizing parties
than holiday carols and eggnog, it’s definitely worth it when you look
at the impressive cast of panelists, speakers and musicians who will be
convening in DC in less than two weeks at our Policy Summit. This month’s
email focuses on the last round of details for our annual event, as well
as a bit of news about our radio study that we released in mid-November.
So read on!
We have two big announcements to share with our supporters. First, our
Policy Summit is shaping up very quickly and we want to give our supporters
one last chance to register at a special low price. We’ve added a lot
of exciting new participants in the past two weeks and firmed up the panel
agenda, so read on!
Second, we’re just days away from the release of a research report that
we’ve been working on for the past nine months called "Radio Deregulation:
Has it Served Citizens and Musicians?" We will be releasing this
report on Monday, and we invite you to the event or to visit our website
to download a copy for yourself. More details below.