[…]So is it time for artists to strap on a hard hat? Maybe unions or artists’ guilds can serve and protect an embattled creative class. With musicians typically operating without record labels, journalists increasingly working as freelancers as newspapers shed staff, and book publishing beginning what looks like a period of compression, unions might take some of the risk and sting out of our current state of creative destruction.read more
I reached out to Alex Maiolo, who is a musician and a health insurance consultant for the Future of Music Coalition, and he had some specific advice: “Insure for the worst case scenario.” Maiolo suggests that young, healthy musicians without families get plans with higher deductibles, because what you want is a stop loss for catastrophic and emergency situations. “It’s going to be easier for musicians to come up with the $5,000 deductible payment via benefit concerts, ” says Maiolo, “rather than half a million dollars for uninsured treatment after the fact.”
Music and government may not seem like they have much in common. But four panelists did their best to convince an audience at SXSW that they were, in fact, hopelessly intertwined.
“These issues are breathtakingly complicated,” said the panel’s moderator, Michael Bracy, policy director at the Future of Music Coalition. “How do you build a regulatory structure for a market that is changing so rapidly?” read more
Every year South by Southwest (SXSW) seems to get bigger and bigger, with a growing interactive conference, film festival, and long-time music event.
The music festival begins today and runs through Sunday, March 17th. For radio fans, some of the offerings include panel discussions, radio station-sponsored events (showcases, live remote performances, etc.), and radio-related meet-ups. Here’s a quick look at some of the radio panels, parties, and films happening this week.
What if there was a copyright enforcement policy and the Internet didn’t break?
In July of 2011, several Internet Service Providers announced a “Memorandum of Understanding” with major entertainment industry groups. In this memorandum, ISPs agreed to implement a “graduated response” program to educate and potentially penalize internet users suspected of sharing or downloading unauthorized copyrighted material. Fast-forward to last week, when the Copyright Alert System (CAS) was officially activated under the auspices of the newly-formed Center for Copyright Information (CCI). read more
Fourteen years after Napster upended the music industry’s financial model, it may finally be time for record labels to start singing a happier tune. Sales are up, piracy is down, and new revenue streams may help the industry finally claw its way back to economic prosperity.
Speaking at the SF MusicTech Summit last week, the disgruntled musician held court on a panel that also featured Incubus manager Steve Rennie, and Kristin Thomson from the Future Of Music Coalition, though they struggled to get a word in.
Having a vast knowledge in the field, Thomson got little airtime other than to duly point out that this problem isn’t new and isn’t just a product of internet streaming, as MTV, “even in its golden era”, didn’t pay their musicians royalties either.
For at least fifty years of the 20th century, the relationship between music and radio airplay was fairly well understood. Record executives knew that if they wanted a hit record, they needed that song to get played on the radio, preferably as many times as possible. In fact, until 2000, radio airplay was essentially a prerequisite to selling significant amounts of recorded music.read more
At the always wonderful SF Music Tech conference yesterday, I went to what should have been a fascinating panel discussion about “artist revenue streams.” It had Kristin Thomson from the Future of Music Coalition, talking about their wonderful artist revenue streams project, as well as Steve Rennie, who manages the band Incubus, among others.[…]
“Once the dust settled, these radio station group owners realized they had overpaid for the stations and immediately started making cuts and consolidating programming to save money,” said Jean Cook, director of programs for the Future of Music Coalition, an education, research and advocacy group for musicians. “Program directors and news departments were cut across the industry and the commercial dial became more homogenous.” read more