Today (Dec. 22, 2008), the Media & Democracy Coalition — of which FMC is a member — released a “Statement of Public Interest Groups on Proposed Broadband Principles in Upcoming Economic Stimulus Package.” That’s a mouthful, we know. Despite its tongue-twisting title, the document offers well-thought out reasons why policymakers should focus on a coherent national broadband policy that includes accountability, local approaches, metrics for access and adoption, and a committment to open network structures. read more
In 2008 and 2009, FMC teamed up with realizePhiladelphia, a non-profit group that promotes social causes through musical and educational events, to create web.illish.us: a multi-faceted web and live show effort to raise awareness about net neutrality and democratic access to the media. Proceeds from the web.illish.us events support FMC’s Rock the Net campaign. read more
In the wake of a recent FCC finding on White Spaces, FMC released this statement that underscored our commitment to working with both White Space advocates and the arts community toward common ground on these principles. We firmly believe the FCC has the capability to manage an orderly process that can lead to thoughtful implementation of these devices in ways that benefit the arts community. read more
Philadelphia, PA ? Future of Music Coalition (FMC) ? whose Rock the Net campaign boasts more than 1,000 artists that support net neutrality, including Pearl Jam, OK Go, R.E.M. and Kronos Quartet ? has teamed up with realizePhiladelphia, a group that promotes social causes through musical and educational events, to create web.illish.us: a multi-faceted web and live show effort to raise awareness about net neutrality and democratic access to the media. read more
Washington, DC â€“ On October 22, 2008, the American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) and the Future of Music Coalition (FMC) released the results of a comprehensive study they conducted of a wide range of independent labels. The report collects feedback from the independent label community about radio’s progress in complying with the 2007 FCC Consent Decree and Rules of Engagement, which put specific anti-payola guidelines in place for four of the largest commercial radio broadcasters (CBS Radio, Clear Channel, Entercom Communications, and Citadel Broadcasting). Around the same time, the independent music community, led by A2IM and the FMC, signed a separate, voluntary “Rules Of Engagement” agreement with the radio chains promising more local and independent artists, 4,200 hours of independent music, and new anti-payola guidelines. read more
Independent Labels and Commercial Airplay 18 Months After the FCC Consent Decree and the "Rules of Engagement"
Justin Jouvenal for FMC and A2IM
Monday, October 20, 2008
This survey of A2IM label members conducted by investigative journalist Justin Jouvenal finds that indie labels are still having difficulty getting airplay on commercial radio. The report reveals near-unanimous sentiment among label owners: little has changed over the last year and a half, with 92 percent of label respondents describing their relationship to commercial radio as “the same” as before the Consent Decree and Voluntary Agreements. read more
Hip-hop has always been about getting the word out, by any means necessary. In the past this meant dealing with all kinds of intermediaries â€” those gatekeepers at major labels, radio stations, video outlets and magazines who decide which talent rises from the streets to the mainstream. With the Internet, todayâ€™s hip-hop artists are taking the hustle into their own hands, finding new ways to connect their words and rhymes with potential audiences without interference or censorship.
This way of digital life might not last forever. Powerful companies that provide your Internet hookup (Internet Service Providers, or ISPs) are looking to alter the fundamental way the web works, by deciding the wheres, whos and hows of information exchange.Thatâ€™s why public interest groups, technology experts, innovators and creative types are fighting to preserve net neutrality â€” the principle that protects the open internet.
In this article, hip-hop journalist Eric Arnold reports on net neutrality’s effect on the hip-hop community. read more
Washington, D.C. Future of Music Coalition recognizes the importance of today?s FCC decision ordering Comcast to stop interfering with legal internet traffic, disclose to the FCC its network management practices and to alert consumers about any changes to its methods.
?Chairman Kevin Martin and Commissioners Michael Copps and Jonathan Adelstein deserve enormous credit for recognizing that a legitimate digital music marketplace cannot emerge unless there are consistent and transparent rules that allow a level playing field for innovators, consumers and creators,? said FMC Policy Director Michael Bracy. ?The ability to use legal applications is crucial to an internet that fosters innovation, commerce and creativity.? read more
Bands from Bright Eyes to Wilco have contributed tracks to the Future of Music Coalition?s Rock the Net compilation, proceeds from the sales of which will go to the organization?s campaign in favor of net neutrality.