FCC Commissioner Michael Copps told the Future of Music Coalition Tuesday (10/4) that “Our media is in trouble and America is in trouble — and the plights of both are inter-connected,” repeating his opposition to media consolidation and asserting that “getting our journalism and our media right is Step Number One in getting our democracy right.” read more
The Future of Music Coalition Policy Summit wrapped up Tuesday evening after two days of discussions surrounding the ability of musicians to earn money in an industry that has been irrevocably changed by new technologies. read more
The Future of Music Coalition, the national music advocacy non-profit, kicked off its annual policy summit on Monday, in Washington, D.C. This year, the focus of the conference—an annual look at music shifts and trends in the areas of policy, technology, and law—is the ways in which artists can continue to make money in an industry where copyright workarounds and illegal downloads have become the norm. Or, as folk musician Erin McKeown said during a panel session, the overarching theme is, simply put, “How do people pay rent?” read more
Let’s talk about money. How do you make your money? For real?
Is it from performance fees, teaching, arts admin, commissions, grants, mechanical royalties? merch? sheet music sales? record label advance? or a day job at (fill in the blank)? Are there other ways you can make money from your art that fit organically with your vision and skills? Or do you want a well paid non-art job that gives you the freedom and brain space to create your art independently?
KNOWLEDGEISPOWER. Empower your self with knowledge. And then act on it strategically. […]
WASHINGTON, D.C.— At the intersection where Capitol Hill policy, technological innovation and musical creativity meet, tensions spilled over at the two-day Future of Music Summit while government officials washed their hands of the mounting chaos.
Count it as a mixed blessing, for what artists — inherent outsiders and rule-breakers, if they’re doing their job well — want politicians telling them how to do their business?
But there was frustration aplenty with federal copyright laws that many artists and lawyers contend are impeding creativity. read more
Picture a jazz musician. Perhaps he’s sharply dressed, standing in a dark corner of a restaurant, a small but appreciative audience looking on. He seems to be lost in the moment; wrapped up in a passionate solo, his eyes are closed in intense concentration. For over an hour, he is thinking of nothing more than emoting into his instrument with all the present force of his conscious being.
You may pause to ask yourself: Is this really his job? […]
WASHINGTON, D.C.— The sky was falling on Cheap Trick when the band was playing the Ottawa Bluesfest in mid-July.
Most of the band scattered to the back of the stage to escape when a storm blew through the festival and brought the 50-ton roof crashing down on the temporary stage. Guitarist Rick Nielsen bolted to the front of the buckling stage. “I felt like I was in a Buster Keaton movie where the building falls down on him,” Nielson said Monday in an unexpectedly dramatic Future of Music Summit panel with the band’s manager, Dave Frey. “I ran forward looking for the equivalent of daylight” as the blackness descended. read more
Shortly after news of Rhapsody’s acquisition of Napster broke, Rhapsody Chief Product Offer Brendan Benzing discussed trends, and the future of the mobile music space, at the Future of Music Coalition Policy Summit in Washington, D.C. on Monday afternoon.
During his remarks at the national music advocacy non-profit’s annual conference, Benzing said that Rhapsody is “the largest music subscription service, and acquiring Napster today makes us even larger.” read more
WASHINGTON, D.C.— Don’t hold your breath waiting for an overhaul of U.S. copyright law to reflect the massive changes the Internet has ignited in the way consumers access music.
In a keynote speech delivered Monday at the Future of Music Summit, U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R, Va.), a member of the House Judiciary Committee and co-chair of the Congressional Internet Caucus, said Congress won’t “wipe the slate clean” to address how digital culture has made it easier than ever to distribute, copy, share and reconfigure music, movies, books and other creative works. read more
In the 12th episode of This Week In Music, Ian Rogers sits down with Future of Music Coalition’s Kristin Thomson to talk about FMC’s initiatives. Future of Music Coalition is a national nonprofit organization that works to ensure a diverse musical culture where artists flourish, are compensated fairly for their work, and where fans can find the music they want.