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
Philadelphia, PA ? On Saturday, February 23, a bevy of woman-centric bands and DJs will play South Street music hub Tritone. Part of a series of monthly events showcasing female musicians, the show is also in support of ?Rock the Net? ? Future of Music Coalition?s ongoing campaign for net neutrality. Appearing at the ?Sugar Town? concert are Beretta 76, Victor Victor Band, KeN, Surgeon and DJ Chatty Cathy. read more
WASHINGTON, D.C.? Hot on the heels of the release of a collaborative digital EP, irrepressible pop-rockers OK Go and funky New Orleans brass act Bonerama joined forces for a sold-out performance at Washington D.C.?s 9:30 Club on Saturday, February 2. The bands ? who originally met at Future of Music Coalition?s annual Artist Activism Camp in New Orleans ? played energetic sets to raise over $8,000 for New Orleans musicians, including Mardi Gras hero Al ?Carnival Time? Johnson and Sweet Home New Orleans.
OK Go and Bonerama?s new EP, You?re Not Alone, will be available exclusively on iTunes on Tuesday, February 5. All proceeds from the collaboration will go to benefit musicians like Al ?Carnival Time? Johnson, who lost his home and possessions in Hurricane Katrina. read more
WASHINGTON, D.C.â€” On February 2, OK Go and Bonerama will join forces for a benefit at Washington, D.C.’s 9:30 Club. The show is in support of You’re Not Alone, a digital EP the two bands put together after OK Go spent the second anniversary of Hurricane Katrina recording with the New Orleans funk-soul band deep in the city’s Upper 9th Ward. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the EP â€” available exclusively at iTunes â€” will benefit Al “Carnival Time” Johnson and other members of New Orleans’ music community who are still struggling to rebuild their homes and their lives in the wake of Katrina. The five-song mini-album will be released on February 5 â€” Mardi Gras. read more
NEWÂ ORLEANS, LA â€“ Last week,Â two benefit concertsÂ raised over $6,000 for Sweet Home New Orleans â€” a coalition of non-profit organizations that helps find affordable housing and provides rental assistance for the cityâ€™s musicians â€” and Big Easy music legend Al â€œCarnival Timeâ€ Johnson.Â The concerts were the culmination of FMC and ATCâ€™s annual Artist Activism Camp, which brings together established and emerging artists to discuss best practices for artist advocacy. For two days prior to the concerts, the benefitsâ€™ performers toured New Orleans, visiting the Ninth Ward and hearing from some of the cityâ€™s musicians about the efforts to revitalize their music community.
On February 2, Bonerama and OK Go will meet for another benefit, this time at Washington, D.C.â€™s 9:30 Club. The show is in support ofÂ You’re Not Alone, a digital EP the two bands put together after OK Go spent the second anniversary of Hurricane Katrina recording with the New Orleans funk-soul band deep in the cityâ€™s Upper 9th Ward. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the EP â€” available exclusively at iTunes â€” will benefit Al Johnson and other members of New Orleansâ€™ music community who are still struggling to rebuild their homes and their lives in the wake of Katrina. read more
On Wednesday, December 13, FMC released a quantitative, 152-page report of the history of radio consolidation called False Premises, False Promises. In honor of the occasion, the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) attempted to discredit the release of an independent analysis—that is, one not written by the industry or its consultants—of the radio industry by distributing a pre-emptive press release that called our research “questionable” and filled with “dubious data”. This is FMC’s point-by-point rebuttal to the NAB’s specious claims. read more
Sure, you know back before the 1996 Telecommunications Act allowed extreme ownership consolidation to further ruin commercial radio and back before the Brand X case that put the future of the open internet at risk for indie musicians.
On Monday, we promised readers a week full of blog posts about Clear Channel forcing local and indie artists to give up performance royalties in order to be considered for airplay on their stations.
Each day we’ve written about Clear Channel’s actions and why — contrary to their claims — they are not on the side of artists. If you’re new to the posts, please scroll down to have a look at what we’ve written.
You’ll also remember we promised you (and Clear Channel) a special surprise at the end of the week. Here it is: read more