In touring news, Bird will be playing a short set at a pre-inaguration show at the Black Cat in Washington DC on January 19th. The name of the concert is Chicago Celebrates Change, and other Chicago musicians will be performing including Tortoise, Waco Brothers, Eleventh Dream Day, David “Honeyboy” Edwards with Michael Frank, Ken Vandermark, Jon Langford, Sally Timms, Freakwater, Icy Demons, and Judson Claiborne. Tickets are $50, with a portion of proceeds benefiting the Future of Music Coalition and the Chicago Public Schools marching bands program.
The potential impact of media and broadband policy and changes in federal copyright law on the music and technology communities will be explored and debated during the Future of Music Coalition?s second Policy Day. Slated for Wednesday, February 11, at National Geographic?s Grosvenor Auditorium in Washington, D.C.,
The Hideout will bring a Chicago-style celebration of Barack Obama?s inauguration to Washington, D.C., on Jan. 19.
?The Big Shoulders Ball: Chicago Celebrates Change? will take place on inauguration eve at the Black Cat in the nation?s capital. Performers will include a Chicago-centric lineup of Tortoise, Andrew Bird, the Waco Brothers, Eleventh Dream Day, Jon Langford, Sally Timms, David “Honeyboy” Edwards, Ken Vandermark, Freakwater, Icy Demons and Judson Claiborne.
It seems as if President-elect Barack Obama has ignored the suggestions of this column and its readers as far as including any Chicago artists in his actual swearing-in ceremony next month.
The best word for Chicago musicians so far? An enthusiastic group of politically active members of the underground music scene have announced that they’ll be holding a celebratory shindig of their own in Washington, D.C. on the eve of Barack Obama taking the oath of office.
The ?Musicians Bringing Musicians Home IV? concert is the celebratory and fundraising finale of the fourth three-day activist retreat hosted by Air Traffic Control and the Future of Music Coalition since the Gulf Coast storms of 2005. This retreat brings established and emerging artists from around the country to New Orleans to tour affected neighborhoods, visit with some of the city?s notable musicians and community leaders and participate in strategy sessions about how to integrate activism and philanthropy into their work as musicians.
The plight of the people of New Orleans and the surrounding areas in the wake of the Hurricane Katrina disaster continues, and in a sense it’s everyone’s plight. Accordingly, what reads like a representative sampling of everyone in music will assemble for “Musicians Bringing Musicians Home IV”, a benefit concert for NOLA musicians’ charity Sweet Home New Orleans.
The Musicians Bringing Musicians Home IV concert will arrive at the end of a three-day activist retreat hosted by Air Traffic Control and the Future of Music Coalition since the Gulf Coast storms of 2005. This retreat brings established and emerging artists from around the country to New Orleans to tour affected neighborhoods, visit with some of the city?s notable musicians and community leaders and participate in strategy sessions about how to integrate activism and philanthropy into their work as musicians.
The Future of Music Coalition hopes the upcoming Obama administration will prioritize music industry reform, particularly as it involves corporate interests. The FMC points out that as the internet loosens music?s geographical ties, radio stations should be run by program directors and DJs who live in the communities where they broadcast. It also says Austin and Seattle have shown how an emphasis on local music can boost a city?s economy.
The American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) and the Future of Music Coalition (FMC) have released the results of a study they conducted regarding the progress toward compliance with the 2007 FCC Consent Decree and Rules of Engagement. Stemming from Elliot Spitzer?s high-profile payola investigation, the FCC in 2007 signed agreements with four major commercial radio broadcasters (CBS Radio, Clear Channel, Entercom and Citadel) that was designed to increase the representation of independent music on commercial radio. Around the same time, the independent music community, led by A2IM and the FMC, signed a separate “Rules Of Engagement” agreement with the radio chains promising to play more local and independent artists.
Network neutrality has been a big issue this year in Washington. If neutrality were to disappear, independent musicians would be among the most effected, according to the Future of Music Collation. In order to reach out to the musicians who stand to loose the most, the FMC formed Rock the Net, a program that specifically deals with educating the musical community about net neutrality issues. ?For independent musicians, [net neutrality] is absolutely crucial,? said Casey Rae-Hunter, communications director for Rock the Net.