WASHINGTON, DC – Future of Music Coalition — whose 2002 examination of radio station ownership consolidation Radio Deregulation: Has It Served Citizens and Musicians? has been cited as essential evidence by FCC Commissioners and the Third Circuit Court of Appeals — has released a new publication that provides an overview of payola in the radio industry. Released in collaboration with the American Association of Independent Music (A2IM), Change That Tune: A Payola Education Guide for Musicians and Citizens makes the case that little has changed since the FCC enacted voluntary agreements between radio groups and major labels in April 2007.
In its reply comments, FMC highlights concrete ways for stations to make localism a priority, and urges the FCC to take definite steps to collect playlist data so it can track and analyze playlists in order to ensure that stations fulfill their public interest obligations. For the past four years, FMC has articulated a four-part “Fixing Radio” agenda. This agenda is focused on specific, tangible and commonsense policies that will greatly enhance the role that terrestrial radio can and should play in our society and culture.
A Payola Education Guide for Musicians and Citizens
Adam Marcus for FMC and A2IM
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Change That Tune looks at the history of payola, the development of the “indie promoter” system, the investigations by the New York State Attorney General and the FCC from 2003-2007, and the contents of the “Rules of Engagement” signed by the four largest radio companies to provide context of what it means for musicians and independent labels, and how artists are interacting with radio in the 21st century. read more
On June 11, 2008, FMC filed reply comments in the FCC’s ongoing localism docket (04-233). FMC’s comments offered highly targeted proposals designed to aid stations’ service to their local communities. FMC also urged the FCC to take definite steps to track and analyze playlists in order to fulfill their public interest obligations. read more
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.
Let’s cut to the chase: urban radio sucks. You know it, artists know it, and programmers know it too. It offers little room for creative programming, tends to favor established artists at the expense of new voices, and kills any halfway-decent song that does manage to land in rotation by playing it as much as three times an hour. Most of all, urban radio sucks because it rarely meets the needs of the local community from which its listeners are drawn. read more
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