In 1941, “Chattanooga Choo-Choo” was the biggest hit in the land, thanks to — what else? — the radio. Radio’s popularity owes much to songs like this — and the songwriters and publishers who enabled us to hear them. Back then, the balance of power in the music industry was tilted towards the performing rights groups ASCAP and BMI, organizations that acted as gatekeepers to the world’s most valuable musical repertoires — so much so that the US Department of Justice took action that same year to balance the scales: read more.
The Future of Music Coalition, a non-profit advocacy organization for musicians, conducted a survey in August which revealed that 42 percent of professional musicians lacked any form of health insurance – a number that is nearly twice the national average. Thankfully, a movement is afoot to change that: read more.
Kristin Thomson chats with Kyle Williams from Seeds of Music about FMC’s Artist Revenue Streams project and the ways that musicians can make money from their compositions, sound recordings, performances, brand and knowledge of their craft.
Recently, Classicalite published some words from Gary Giddins about struggling jazz musicians in New York City. In dealing with similar plights for musicians around the nation, now Washington, D.C. appears to be making amends.
Casey Rae—interim executive director for the Future of Music Coalition, the premiere non-profit organization for musicians’ rights—issued the following words of advocacy:read more
The Content Creators Coalition sponsored an event in New York City calling on terrestrial radio to pay artists performance rights royalties.
“Out of respect for the artist, we ask that you not make video recordings of the performances you are about to witness.” These are difficult instructions to follow when David Byrne is on stage in overalls singing Biz Markie’s “Just a Friend.” And apparently some may not have heeded the request (see video below).
Federal legislation introduced on Tuesday would help increase royalty payments to songwriters and publishers, likely adding another layer to the ongoing conversation in Congress about broader copyright reform.
The Songwriters Equity Act, introduced by U.S. Rep. Doug Collins, R-Georgia, has the backing of the songwriting and publishing community, including the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, Broadcast Music Inc. and SESAC.
On Valentine’s Day, De La Soul released most of their back catalog for free. Fans rejoiced at the unexpected gift, which included the albums 3 Feet High and Rising (1989), De La Soul Is Dead (1991), Buhloone Mind State(1993), and Stakes Is High (1996) and dozens of rare remixes, B-sides, and instrumentals. The move generated huge amounts of buzz and goodwill, judging by the outpouring of affection on Facebook, Twitter, and around the Web. It will help, no doubt, with the tour they just announced, on the eve of their 25th anniversary as a group. read more
The top federal regulator who oversees rules that govern the Internet on Wednesday waded into the thorny issue of a service provider’s right to restrict content.
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler called for new protections for certain Internet services in order to shield them from being overcharged by larger services that offer user access.
The proposed merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable into a telecommunications behemoth is the media equivalent of “too big to fail” banking. If the largest cable provider in the United States is allowed to merge with the second-largest, people living in major cities, suburbs and small towns across the country will find themselves even more tightly locked into a dysfunctional relationship with a monopolistic corporation focused on maximizing profits rather than serving local citizens. At the same time, the new cable giant will own national news, entertainment, sports and Spanish-language networks.