It wasn’t more than five years ago that, if you were in a coffee shop or a clothing boutique and you heard a catchy tune, you might need to ask a barista or — OMG — a stranger for the name of the artist or the album. Then along came mobile apps like Shazam and SoundHound that magically identify the music that is being played. Recently, these two music discovery apps have upped their game by not only identifying the song and displaying the album artwork, but also showing lyrics, videos and bios, as well as any tour dates in your area. read more
Who gets paid, how much and under what terms when music is played on digital and AM/FM radio? Answering those questions isn’t easy, even for experts. But one thing is clear: 2014 has been a big year for the laws and policies that determine royalty rates for all forms of radio, and the intrigue will likely continue into 2015. read more
As we begin the final countdown to this year’s Future of Music Policy Summit, as one of maybe four people who have been at each and every event, I wanted to highlight some of the reasons why you should join us next Monday and Tuesday at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. Register here!read more
Amazingly, the Future of Music Policy Summit is just one week away, and here at the office we’re hustling hard to make sure all the last minute details are in order. This is FMC’s fourteenth summit event, and my fifth, and after looking at this amazing lineup I think it’s the most exciting installment yet. The schedule is so packed with brilliant people that it’s hard to pick out highlights, but here’s a few sessions I’m going to be sure not to miss. If you haven’t registered yet, now is the time!
It’s been said that hiphop is the most influential cultural movement of the past fifty years. But as the once-marginalized genre has achieved worldwide commercial success, it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that hiphop was born out of the creativity of young people taking the tools of cultural production into their own hands. And many youth music organizations around the country still embody that community-focused spirit.
As we prepare for this year’s Policy Summit (October 27-28, 2014), we found ourselves looking at some reports from past Summits and rediscovered some rave reviews from past attendees that might help you better understand what you will get out of attending this year’s event.
In a nutshell: attendees gain knowledge, inspiration, ideas, new friends and contacts, stronger community, and better understand why it’s so important that everyone working in music today knows how national policy affects how money is made—and how you can make sure your voice is heard!
Hello everyone! I am MT, FMC’s Policy Intern for this fall. The Policy Summit is right around the corner, and while we’re all working hard to get the word out about what will be going on during those two intense days, I’m also excited about attending myself in my capacity as a student of Government and American Musical Culture at Georgetown. These are my picks:read more