Washington, D.C. Future of Music Coalition (FMC) — a national nonprofit that seeks a bright future for musicians and listeners — participated in today’s “public interest panel” on media ownership before the FCC’s Media Bureau in advance of their 2010 media ownership rulemaking proceedings.read more
Did you know that the Telecommunications Act of 1996 requires the FCC to review its ownership rules every four years and "determine whether any of such rules are necessary in the public interest as the result of competition?" read more
We did it! Another amazing Future of Music Policy Summit is behind us, but we’ll always have the memories. This year’s conference â€” our eighth â€” was probably our best yet; if you were with us at Georgetown University in DC from Oct. 4-6, you definitely know what we’re talking about. Maybe you were one of the thousands of people who watched the live webcast? Either way, we thank you so much for participating in the event. Read on for some of the highlights, as well as a few other things we’ve been working on in our “spare time.”
1. Future of Music Policy Summit 2009: awesomeness roundup!
2. FMC, PBS’ Independent Lens & Community Cinema present COPYRIGHTCRIMINALS
3. Music 2.0 and the “29 Streams”
4. Big wins for Low Power FM
5. Performance Rights Act passes in Senate Committee
6. FMC’s Michael Bracy on NPR’s “Sound Opinions”
7. Still fighting for net neutrality
8. FMC, musicians and speech
9. Travel and appearances
10. SanFran MusicTech is back!
11. How are we doing?
One company that measures such stats says definitely.
While it may not seem like much of a surprise that web radio plays more artists than traditional broadcasters, new data supplied by streamSerf — a company that monitors and reports on music played on terrestrial and web radio — highlights a pretty big disparity. According to the company, last month American broadcast radio stations played 25,399 unique artists (this includes public radio stations) while Internet radio stations played 829,971 unique artists. We're no mathematicians, but apparently that's 32 times as much. read more
Washington, D.C.? On Thursday, October 15, the House Energy and Commerce Committee voted to pass the Local Community Radio Act of 2009, clearing the way for more local radio programming in towns and cities across the country. By allowing for the creation of hundreds of Low Power FM (LPFM) stations, the Act can help reverse the lamentable loss of localism due in part to consolidation in the commercial radio marketplace.
?Future of Music Coalition and has been working to expand and protect community radio since day one,? said Michael Bracy, Policy Director for Future of Music Coalition. ?In an era of cookie-cutter playlists and next to no localism in radio, the overwhelming passage of Low-Power FM legislation in committee is incredibly significant. Musicians in particular can benefit from more LPFM stations in their communities, because it?s a great way for them to reach audiences and inspire other artists.?
We're thrilled to report that the Local Community Radio Act passed out of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce in a unanimous vote on Thursday, Oct. 15. This means the bill will now move to the full House.
Having worked on this issue for nearly a decade, we couldn't be more excited.
The Local Community Radio Act would allow for the creation of hundreds of new Low Power FM (LPFM) radio stations in communities across the country. But what is Low Power FM, anyway? read more
Good news for the little guy: Last week, the House Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet voted overwhelmingly to pass the Local Community Radio Act of 2009. According to a press release from the Future of Music Coalition, which supports the bill, the act will “clear the way for hundreds of Low Power FM (LPFM) broadcasters in American towns and communities— stations that can help fill the void in local programming created by a consolidated commercial radio marketplace” if it’s made into law.
The Act would clear the way for hundreds more Low-Power FM (LPFM) stations in towns and cities across America. But what are these stations, and why are we so excited about having more of them? read more
Washington, D.C.? On Thursday, October 8, the Local Community Radio Act of 2009 passed out of House Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet in a sweeping 15 to 1 vote. The Act would clear the way for hundreds of Low Power FM (LPFM) broadcasters in American towns and communities ? stations that can help fill the void in local programming created by a consolidated commercial radio marketplace.
?Future of Music Coalition is very pleased that policymakers have recognized the fundamental role Low Power FM can play in local communities,? said Michael Bracy, Policy Director for Future of Music Coalition. ?LPFM is vital to musicians around the country, who rely on local radio as a way to reach audiences. It can also help undo the tremendous damage to localism as a result of rampant consolidation in the commercial broadcast industry. There?s no good reason not to allow more LPFM in more American towns and cities. Quality local radio is too important a resource to hold back.? read more
Rep. Mike Doyle (D-PA) reaffirmed his support for the Local Community Radio Act to an enthusiastic crowd at the Future of Music Coalition Policy Summit on Tuesday, calling it our Christmas present this year. Rep. Doyle has been leading the push for Low Power FM in Congress, along with lead co-sponsor Rep. Lee Terry (R-NE). Independent musicians have been longtime supporters of Low Power FM as a venue to share their music.