You might have seen the various pressannouncements about our upcoming Rock the Net CD, which features Wilco, Aimee Mann, Bright Eyes, Portastatic, They Might Be Giants, DJ Spooky and more. The disc comes out on July 29 on Thirsty Ear Records. read more
Washington, DC â€“ Future of Music Coalition and Thirsty Ear Recordings are bringing 15 top-notch acts together for the Rock the Net: Musicians for Net Neutrality compilation CD. Wilco, Bright Eyes, They Might Be Giants, Portastatic, Aimee Mann, Guster, Matthew Shipp, Palomar, The Wrens, DJ Spooky, BC Camplight, David Bazan, David Miller, Free Form Funky Freqs and The Classic Brown have all donated tracks to the compilation, which was released by Thirsty Ear Recordings on Tuesday, July 29, 2008.
Net neutrality is important to musicians and fans alike. Many of today’s most talented artists are demonstrating their support of an open Internet where all users can access the lawful content of their choice without undue restrictions.
Things are heating up here at Future of Music Coalition, and it’s not because the air conditioning is broken. Planning for upcoming events, publishing new educational materials and prepping for a major CD release is thirsty work, but we’ll keep on doing it just for you.
Net Neutrality is getting a serious look-over on Capitol Hill, with two bills currently in the House of Representatives. The first is called the “Internet Freedom Preservation Act,” and was introduced in February 2008 by Representatives Ed Markey (D-MA) and Chip Pickering (R-MS). The bill sets broad guidelines for protecting the open internet, and compels the FCC to hold hearings, gather public opinion and report its findings back to Congress. Currently in the House Energy and Commerce Committee, the legislation was referenced several times in a May 6 hearing on net neutrality. read more
The internet is crucial to musicians and other creators. It lets everyone have a voice and is a powerful engine for free expression, creativity and commerce. Creators must be able to compete on a level technological playing field alongside the biggest companies. This is why we need basic rules to ensure that all users can access the lawful content and run the legal applications and devices of their choice. read more
We at Future of Music Coalition are happy its spring. For us, warmer weather means cherry blossoms, chirping birds and… road trips! We’re currently wrapping up our "What’s the Future for Musicians?" series, which informs New York State musicians on important topics at the intersection of music, technology, policy and law. After that, we’ll settle in for a busy summer promoting our Rock the Net campaign (and plenty of other stuff). Read on for details.
"What’s the Future for Musicians?" educational seminars in New York State
HINT benefit concerts in honor of musician Drew Glackin
FMC Presents: Rock the Net CD
Podcast Interview Series: Peter Jenner
Policy Update: net neutrality
Composer’s Survey from Research Center for Arts & Culture
National Performing Arts Convention scholarship opportunity
In addition to the issues at the intersection of music, technology, policy and law, FMC knows a little something about jet lag. The last month has seen staff attending panels, conferences and presentations near and far, exchanging ideas and opinions about the future of music. And the roadshow is set to continue through April, with our series of educational seminars for New York State musicians. Not that we’re complaining. We love getting out there and mingling with the artists that create the music we enjoy every day. Here’s a rundown of where we’ve been and where we’re heading.
OK Go return to Capitol Hill
“What’s the Future for Musicians?” educational seminars in New York State
Executive Director Ann Chaitovitz goes to San Francisco and Memphis
Education Director Kristin Thomson presents at Necessary Knowledge event
FMC at South By Southwest
FMC’s Walter McDonough at Canadian Music Week
Rock the Net in Philadelphia and San Francisco
Low-Power FM Leadership Day in Washington, D.C.
Local Media, Democracy & Justice Summit in Pasadena, CA
WASHINGTON, DC â€” On March 11 and 12, Damian Kulash and Andy Ross — members of the band OK Go — met with members of Congress to discuss net neutrality. On Tuesday, March 12, Kulash delivered rousing testimony complete with audio-visual accompaniment before members of the House Judiciary Committee, including Chairman John Conyers (D-Mich). â€œIf people wonder whether the music industry will benefit from Net Neutrality they can look no further than us,” said Kulash. “There is a real consensus with us that Net Neutrality is good for music. I’m here to ask Congress today to preserve Net Neutrality and the future of the Internet.â€ read more
Thank you Mr. Chairman and Mr. Ranking Member, members of the task force ? thank you all for this opportunity to testify before you today on an issue so critical to the future of this country, the issue of Net Neutrality. I?m a rock singer, so I have some experience getting in front of people and speaking my mind, but to be honest, you guys aren?t really the demographic I?m used to dealing with. So this is very exciting for me.
It’s a real honor to be here. I’m a rock singer, so I’m used to speaking my mind in front of a mic, but to be honest, this isn’t the crowd I’m used to. The reason I’m here is because my band OK Go has had the good fortune to be one of the first to truly find success via the internet. I probably don’t need to tell you our story, because I’m assuming you’re the FloridaDeb23 and TechRick2000 that I always see on our message boards…but I do wanna show you a few of our videos to demonstrate how important an open internet is to musicians these days. read more