In the almost ten years that Future of Music Coalition has existed, we've seen tremendous changes in the way musicians go about reaching and cultivating fans. Perhaps the biggest development in our decade on the scene is in how artists are using the internet.
It's safe to say that nearly all of the exciting things that have gone down online are the result of net neutrality — the principle that protects the open internet. read more
he music industry is trying to survive and possibly reinvent itself. Artists want to get paid. And consumers want music quickly, with no strings attached. Are all three goals achievable, and if not, who will lose out? Can unfettered access to the Internet co-exist with artists’ desires to get paid for their music? Can the music industry hack its way through a maze of legal obligations and create a new business model that entices fans before they disappear into the digital underground, where music runs wild and free?
These questions dominated the Future of Music Policy Summit in the nation’s capital, an annual gathering of some of the industry’s leading thinkers and innovators, alongside representatives of the music, technology, business and government communities.
Washington, D.C.— From fascinating keynotes by Senator Al Franken and FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski to special conversations between artists, managers, journalists and policymakers, the eighth Future of Music Policy Summit illuminated key issues in music, media and public policy, while offering practical advice to musicians seeking to learn new ways to amplify and sustain their careers. Nearly five hundred people attended the three-day event, and nearly 9,000 more watched the live interactive webcast. read more
Later in his Future of Music Coalition Policy Summit speech, which you can download in its entirety over at FCC.gov, Genachowski talked about Merge Records? ability, thanks to the Internet, to make top acts out of artists like Arcade Fire and Spoon with very little help of terrestrial radio play. ?I want to salute the many artists who have already signed up to publicly lend their voice in support of Net Neutrality ? including artists from R.E.M., Pearl Jam, OK Go, Wilco, and many, many more,? he said in closing. read more
Sen. Al Franken traveled to the austere halls of Georgetown University on Monday to fervently endorse federal regulation of Internet service providers in a speech that highlighted both his humor and interest in tech policy.
Speaking to a room of musicians and technology wonks at the Future of Music Coalition Policy Summit, Franken offered a keynote address on “Net neutrality” — the idea that people should have equal access to the Internet, rather than allowing some organizations preferential treatment.
FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski made a pitch for network neutrality at a Future of Music Coalition policy summit in Washington Monday.
He said artists, songwriters and independent music producers “know better than most” why it is necessary to have “fair rules of the road.” That was a reference to his planned proposal to expand and codify the FCC’s network openness guidelines to exclude discrimination of content and applications and require notification of network management activities.
“With a free and open Internet, you donâ€™t have to have big-time, star-power leverage over record labels, publishing companies, commercial radio stations, or particular retailers to get your music to the public…Net Neutrality permits independent artists and independent labels to compete on an equal technological playing field with the biggest companies in the space. Thatâ€™s the American way — letting Internet users, the broadest group possible of ordinary people, decide who wins and loses,” he said.
FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski addressed the Policy Summit of The Future of Music Coalition yesterday. The organization has long been at odds with broadcasters over a number of issues. But not to worry ? Genachoswki was entirely focused on the FCC?s efforts to preserve a free and open internet ? a chief policy goal of FMC ? via network neutrality. That made up the beginning, the middle and the end of his address to the organization. The Policy Summit was scheduled from 10/4/09 through 10/6/09.
Saying it protects the free market, U.S. Sen. Al Franken sounded optimistic in a speech today about the chances for preserving net neutrality by law. ?For the first time, it looks like we might actually do this,? Franken told the Future of Music Coalition in Washington, D.C.
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski brought his rallying cry for Net Neutrality to the Future of Music Conference in Washington on Monday.
Noting the musicians that have supported this cause - from Bruce Springsteen to R.E.M. and Pearl Jam - Genachowski said, ?With a free and open Internet, you don?t have to have big-time, star-power leverage over record labels, publishing companies, commercial radio stations, or particular retailers to get your music to the public. In today?s broadband world, the artists themselves can be self-empowering ? they are free to connect with audiences, paying customers, and musical social networks in ways previously unimaginable.?
The anti-Net Neutrality brigade is at it again. Some may have seen the recent opinion piece at NPR.com by Scott Cleland, which offers a litany of reasons why net neutrality — which makes the internet go vroom! — should be done away with to fill the coffers of a few powerful Internet Service Providers (ISPs). We've heard Cleland's views on the issue many times, but we couldn't disagree more with his position.
In the article, Cleland claims that net neutrality principles are damaging to free speech and business. Actually, it's kind of the opposite. read more