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.
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).
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
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.
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.
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.
Chapel Hill’s Lynn Blakey is 51 years old and a professional musician – which means that, for most of her adult life, she’s not had health insurance.
Blakey had coverage for several years after college, through a job at Music Loft in Carrboro. But she’s done without it since the mid-1980s while playing guitar and singing in acclaimed yet not terribly commercial bands including ’80s college-radio stars Let’s Active and country-folk group Tres Chicas.