IF I RULED THE BLOGOSPHERE: Hip-Hop Blogs and Social Change will feature prominent hip-hop bloggers in a dynamic conversation about how artists are gaining traction online, the impact of technology on music promotion and how bloggers and artists can raise awareness about important issues in the hip-hop community and beyond.
WASHINGTON, D.C.— “IF I RULEDTHEBLOGOSPHERE: Hip-Hop Blogs and Social Change” will feature prominent hip-hop bloggers in a dynamic conversation about how artists are gaining traction online, the impact of technology on music promotion and how bloggers and artists can raise awareness about important issues in the hip-hop community and beyond.
Co-sponsored by Words Beats & Life (WBL) and Future of Music Coalition (FMC), the event takes place on Saturday, April 3 at Busboys & Poets (14th and V Streets NW, Washington, D.C.) from 4-7 p.m. read more
For those of you who watched the Grammy Awards on Sunday night (and apparently there were more of you this year than any year since 2004), you may have had a feeling of déjà vu when you saw virtually the same group of stars that clustered together in 2009, 2008, etc. Does this perhaps remind you — at least a little— of the 1993 film Groundhog Day? You know, like Bill Murray’s character hearing “I Got You Babe” every morning?
Now, if you happen to want to hear the same song at the same time every day, that’s fine with us. But sometimes it’s fun to let the needle find a new groove. read more
In 2006, OK Go’s video for “Here It Goes Again” — also affectionately known as “the treadmill video” — became a web sensation. By decade’s end, it had been viewed approximately 50 million times — no small feat for a homemade clip. Although the video made its biggest splash on sites like YouTube, many fans embedded it on their personal pages and social networks. At which point “Here It Goes Again” went viral, increasing the band’s exposure on a global scale and boosting the band’s record sales (and the bottom line of their major label, EMI). read more
We're blown away by the responses we've gotten from our FCC Comments Tool, which helps musicians and indie labels file with the FCC in their historic net neutrality rulemaking proceeding. (The initial comments phase closed on Jan 14, but we're keeping the tool active through the reply comments period, which has a deadline of March 5.)
We're also really proud to have filed joint comments with a broad array of independent creator organizations who believe that the open internet is crucial to our ability to compete in a legitimate digital marketplace. read more
Washington, D.C.? On January 14, 2010, a broad array of independent creator organizations filed comments in the FCC?s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Preserving an Open Internet (GN Docket No. 09-191). The comments demonstrated the need for enforceable net neutrality rules to ensure that all creators ? regardless of size, affiliation or category ? can compete in a legitimate digital marketplace.
Achtung, musicians and indie labels! The clock is ticking to tell the FCC how you use the open internet in your lives and careers!
You have an incredible opportunity to assist the FCC in crafting smart policy that will ensure that the internet remains open and accessible to all. This page will tell you everything you need to know about the FCC proceeding. We've even designed a comments tool that will guide you through the process and automatically file with the Commission. If only booking tours were that simple!
You'll be in great company. Acts like R.E.M., Kronos Quartet, Erin McKeown, Franz Nicolay of The Hold Steady and more have already filed comments. Get your inspiration right here!
The comments phase of this proceeding closes on Thursday, January 14, so don't dawdle. And please pass the word on to your peers!
Washington, D.C.? National education, research and advocacy nonprofit organization Future of Music Coalition (FMC) has launched an online comments tool to help artists, labels and fans file comments with the Federal Communications Commission as it considers adopting formal rules on net neutrality ? the principle that protects the open internet.
Artists such as R.E.M., Kronos Quartet, Erin McKeown, Mart?Perna (Antibalas, Ocote Soul Sounds), Franz Nicolay (The Hold Steady), Pearl Jam, Imani Winds, Dead Prez and more are submitting comments in this proceeding. Through the comments tool, FMC is offering a means by which all musicians ? established and developing ? can tell their stories about how they use the internet in their lives and careers and voice their opinions on specific questions related to this historic FCC proceeding. read more
Future of Music Coalition is once again curating a number of conversations at the annual Association of Performing Arts Presenters conference in New York City, January 8-12, 2010. Join us for sessions on the issues at the intersection of arts, technology and law; media, copyright and technology; and health insurance for creators.
To attend these sessions you need to be registered for the Arts Presenters conference. Click here for registration details. If you are an artist and would like to attend these sessions only and will not go to the APAP conference, email us at nicole[at]futureofmusic[dot]org read more
In October 2009, the Federal Communications Commission announced that it was accepting public comments on a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) about Network Neutrality and the Open Internet.
The FCC is seeking public input on draft rules that would codify and supplement existing principles to safeguard the Internet’s openness. This process is intended to secure and protect the many economic and social benefits of the open Internet by preventing anyone from restricting the free flow of lawful content and applications online. read more