FMC in the News: 2013

Strong Reactions To Radio Bill

October 1, 2013

Reactions continue to arrive to the introduction of North Carolina Democrat Rep. Mel Watt’s latest bill to require radio to pay a streaming performance royalty for airing copyright covered music. How much attention the measure will get in Congress is unclear, since committees related to communications and broadcasting have postponed their meetings originally slated for this week due to the government shutdown.

NAB EVP Communications Dennis Wharton says the trade group “respectfully” opposes the “Free Market Royalty Act,” and appreciates the support of 183 lawmakers who back the “Local Radio Freedom Act,” a nonbinding resolution opposing a new performance royalty for radio. read more

More Thoughts on Chasing Spotify's Pennies vs Fans

September 17, 2013

[…] In order to move the discourse forward, I followed up on an email that Kristin Thomson sent me after reading my article, and I asked her to bring her perspective to this conversation. Kristin is a social researcher, musician, indie record label owner, and a consultant for Future of Music Coalition, a national nonprofit that advocates for musicians. Since 2011, Kristin has also been co-director of Future of Music Coalition’s Artist Revenue Streams project, a multi-method, cross-genre examination of how musicians’ income streams are changing over time. read more

Is Spotify Fair To Musicians?

Are we willing to pay for creativity anymore?  Musical hero Thom Yorke of Radiohead fame isn’t so sure.  Yorke is boycotting the super music streaming service Spotify with his latest album “Amok.”  Says Spotify doesn’t pay new young musicians enough to survive on.  Fractions of a penny per digital listen.  Pauper wages.

Guests

Greg Sandoval, senior reporter for The Verge. read more

Radiohead's Thom Yorke Pulls Songs From Spotify as Artists Fight For 'Leverage'

July 15, 2013

Streaming music services such as Pandora and Spotify promise a seemingly limitless song selection for listeners and actual royalties for artists. But amid growing complaints from artists that the Internet music services are hardly ideal for their bottom line, Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke has become the best-known artist to pull his music from Spotify. read more

Radiohead's Thom Yorke Drops Spotify

July 15, 2013

Add Radiohead’s Thom Yorke to the list of high profile musicians protesting the amount of pay artists get from Spotify. Yorke pulled two albums from Spotify, Tweeting that he was quote “standing up for our fellow musicians.”

The growing popularity of music subscription services has sparked a debate about compensation and the worth of exposure. Casey Rae, deputy director at the Future of Music Coalition , an advocacy group for artists in the digital age, joins Marketplace Tech host Ben Johnson to discuss.