Future of Music Coalition (FMC) adds another case study to its ongoing Artist Revenue Streams project. The study looks at the financials of a background vocalist based on “income from her work as a session musician and background vocalist only – both in the studio and live on tour.” The importance of “mailbox money” aka residuals are revealed as is the role of unions in negotiating and administering royalty agreements
Dave Lamb was on tour in Houston with his folk duo Brown Bird when he found himself struggling just to get through a song. He’d been feeling fatigued for several shows, but this time seemed serious. He and MorganEve Swain, his partner in the Rhode Island-based group, went to a hospital, and Lamb was eventually diagnosed with leukemia. He didn’t have health insurance.
This week Pandora negotiated directly with Universal Music Publishing Group, one of the largest music publishers, to acquire continued use of UMPG recordings in its streaming stations. BMI recently won a court judgment against Pandora, which allowed its client publishing companies (like UMPG) to escape the government-set “consent decree,” which provides a blanket usage license to listening outlets like Pandora. Pandora normally sticks with government-set rates, but was nudged onto the direct-negotiating path by that surprising court decision. Read more.
Since the beginning of the internet, there has been a question of who “owns” cyberspace. In the wake of a recent ruling from the US Court of Appeals against the FCC, the question of whether we all have equal access to the internet is again a hot debate. Interim Executive Director of the Future of Music Coalition, Casey Rae, joins John Schaefer to talk about the implications of FCC ruling on music makers, music lovers, and the industry.
A federal appeals court decision this week could have serious consequences for people who listen to music online. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has struck down the Federal Communications Commission’s rules on what’s known as network neutrality. Those rules banned Internet service providers like Comcast and Verizon from slowing or blocking some websites and allowing speedier access to others. Potentially, the ruling means your Internet company could block access to SPIN. Or Spotify. Or any other website.
The music industry is preparing for changes on the House Judiciary Committee, as Rep. Mel Watt (D-N.C.) is set to leave.
Watt, ranking member of the Judiciary subcommittee on intellectual property, was confirmed as the director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency earlier this month and is set to assume his new role on Jan. 6.
According to committee procedure, Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) is next in line for Watt’s ranking member spot on the intellectual property subcommittee, should he want the position.
On today’s Your Call, we’ll talk about how the Internet continues to change the music economy. Because of services like Spotify, Pandora and YouTube, musicians are constantly looking for new ways to make a living. How do these services compensate musicians? As for touring, even musicians who have a solid fan base say it’s difficult to get the number of bookings they need to earn a living. So how are independent musicians surviving? It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar, and you.
Guests include Kristin Thomson, consultant for the nonprofit Future of Music Coalition. She is co-director of FMC’s Artist Revenue Streams research project, a study examining how US-based musicians’ revenue streams are changing, and why.
Now in its 12th year, the Future of Music Coalition recently convened its annual summit on the scenic Georgetown University campus in Washington, D.C. The two-day conference brought together people from all walks of the music industry for interviews, workshops and panel discussions focusing on a broad range of issues affecting musicians and the music industry as a whole.
The Future of Music Coalition is a nonprofit group that is, in its own words, “committed to serving as an ongoing resource to musicians, policymakers, and the public about the many challenges and opportunities facing artists today.” read more
In the national debate over health care and the Affordable Care Act, one sliver of the population has received relatively little attention: musicians, artists and other creative workers, who are often self-employed and frequently uninsured. A recent survey by two arts groups found that 43 percent of artists of all kinds said they had no health insurance; for musicians, the number was 53 percent. The national average, according to the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, is 17.7 percent. read more