WASHINGTON — The Federal Communications Commission has virtually no evidence of citizen backing for their controversial media ownership plan, according to an analysis of comments filed in the FCC’s ongoing rulemaking. read more
In a letter sent today, a diverse group of over thirty recording artists urged FCC Chairman Michael Powell to grant Congress and the public a full opportunity to review any proposed changes of media ownership rules before they are enacted.
WASHINGTON — In a letter sent today, a diverse group of over thirty recording artists urged FCC Chairman Michael Powell to grant Congress and the public a full opportunity to review any proposed changes of media ownership rules before they are enacted.read more
Good afternoon. Thank you very much for giving me some time to speak
to you. I want to lend my apologies to those of you who were expecting
T Bone Burnett. I am the minor star substitute in his place. My name is
Tift Merritt and I am a recording artist. You probably havent heard
of me because Im not on your radio. That being the case I need to
give you a little background. I am on Lost Highway records, home also
of Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson. My debut record, Bramble Rose
was released last June. Time Magazine named it the #6 best record of 2002;
Billboard called me a major new artist". CMT, the national
country music network, regularly played my video.
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.
Last week, U.S. Senators Wayne Allard, Olympia Snowe, and Susan Collins
wrote to the Federal Communications Commission to urge them to ensure
that the public and Congress have the opportunity to review and comment
on any specific changes the Commission plans to make to the media ownership
rules before they are issued in final form. We wholeheartedly support
this request. We believe it is a fair and prudent way to proceed on a
matter that could have a sweeping impact on what news and information
Americans see and hear in the future. We urge you to also contact the
Commission to support this critical effort. read more
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!
Quantum Career Development in an Transforming Industry
Saturday, March 1, 2003
Peter Spellman offer his thoughts on music career development amid new industry trends and look at their career implications and applications. He hopes both musicians and industry careerists will gather some guidance for setting their sails amidst the mercurial waves of a transforming entertainment business. read more
Jennifer Toomey, Executive Director of the Future of Music Coalition (FMC), has been invited to testify at the FCCs public hearing on Broadcast Ownership Rules, to be held on Thursday, February 27,2003 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center. The rules, which are reviewed every two years by order of Congress, play a large part in determining the diversity and localization of entertainment, news, and advertising content over public airwaves and media outlets. read more
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.