The first annual JP Music Festival, held in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston in August 2011, was praised as an instant success and a model of effective local event production. FMC spoke with the event’s founders Rick Berlin and Shamus Moynihan, and marketing director Charlie McEnerney, about the planning and execution the festival, and the guide released shortly after the event titled “15 Steps to Starting a Local Music Festival (during a bad economy)”.read more
Ever find yourself in a situation where a hot court decision drops but you have precious little time for a proper analysis? That was exactly the case this week, when your steadfast FMC’ers found ourselves with an appeals ruling in Viacom’s high-profile case against YouTube. The decision just dropped yesterday, but dammit, we like to be first in analysis! (OK, maybe second; Public Knowledge is pretty quick on the draw.)
The following is the gist of the case and the April 5, 2012 decision by the 2nd Circuit Court of appeals. read more
Future of Music Coalition is proud to participate in Public Radio Music Month, a monthlong celebration of the vital role that public and noncommercial radio plays in the music community. To mark the beginning of the campaign, we asked musician, entertainment attorney and FMC Advisory Board member John P. Strohm to reflect on the importance of public radio to artists, fans and the broader music industry. You can learn morehereor follow the campaign on Twitter.read more
Readers of this blog are probably familiar with the concept of “net neutrality” and why it matters to musicians. But let us remind you anyway.
All of the amazing internet tools that musicians and music entrepreneurs use every day are a result of the open internet, which gives anyone a license to innovate. Without basic protections to preserve this dynamic, the internet we know and love could become extinct. We’ve seen that movie before: just look at commercial broadcast radio to see what happens when just a few powerful companies control access to audiences and what content is even available. read more
[This post was co-authored by FMC Communications Intern Katie Willmott]
Are you excited about the big LPFM rollout? We certainly are. What’s that? You don’t know about this amazing technology that brings real local radio to communities across the country? Well, hold tight and we’ll explain… read more
In July of 2011, several Internet Service Providers (ISPs) announced a “Memorandum of Understanding” with the major content industries. In essence, the ISPs agreed to implement a “graduated response” policy to educate and potentially penalize internet users sharing or downloading unauthorized content. Our initial statment on the Copyright Alert System (CAS) lives here. read more
US-based orchestras have a rich history of making sound recordings of classical repertoire. Have you ever wondered if and how the performers are paid when those sound recordings are sold?
This question came up while we were working on a case study of a young professional orchestra player as part of our Artist Revenue Streams project. While categorizing his income streams, we realized we didn’t know how sound recording revenue flowed back to performers. Was it a profit split with all current members? What about the money generated from legacy recordings that are still sold? read more
Chris Naoum is the co-founder of Listen Local First (LLF), a Washington DC music initiative that supports the local music community through facilitating partnerships with local businesses. He’s also the former policy counsel for FMC. We talked to Chris about the initiative and LLF’s newest project, the Mobile Music Venue, which will create a new platform to promote DC musicians at this year’s SXSW conference in Austin, Texas. read more