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FMC Newsletter #125 | October 24, 2014


Greetings, FMC fans! We’re in the final countdown to our annual policy summit, and we’re bringing you the latest details on our jampacked schedule. Plus we’ve got new opportunities for the music community to weigh in on the future of the internet, and more of the latest news in music/technology/policy.  Read on!

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Future of Music Policy Summit

The 14th annual Future of Music Policy Summit, is happening this Monday and Tuesday October 27 & 28, (kicking off with some very fun evening events on Sunday night). While advance registration has closed, walk-up tickets will be available on-site at Georgetown University, at both full Summit and day rates.

And check out our fully updated schedule! In addition to keynotes from Damian Kulash of OK GO and FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, veteran journalist Greg Kot will interview the multitalented Harry Shearer (Spinal Tap, The Simpsons, Le Show), and John Abodeely of the President’s Committee on the Arts & Humanities will share his birds-eye view of federal cultural policy initiatives. In all, we have over eighty spectacular panelists and speakers, eight breakout sessions and two special workshops for attendees to choose from.

Need another reason to attend? Our own Kristin Thomson offers a few. Here’s some reflections from past particpants. And here’s some hand-picked highlights from Casey, Kevin, and Maria Teresa.

Check out the full details. Hope to see you at Georgetown, but if you can’t make it, remember that mainstage programming will be webcast live.

NYC: Be Heard on Net Neutrality & Comcast/TWC Merger

The FCC will soon be voting on two major issues that will have a profound impact on the future of the internet: Chairman Tom Wheeler’s proposed open internet rules, and the pending merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable.

Millions of citizens, including many musicians have raised their voices against a two-tier internet that could disadvantage independent creators. Even President Obama has weighed in, saying he is “unequivocally committed” to net neutrality.

For those in the New York area (who aren’t able to join us in DC for our Policy Summit), there’s a new opportunity for you to participate in the conversation on Monday night at the Brooklyn Central Library.

What: New York Speaks: A Hearing on Our Rights to Connect and Communicate
When: Mon Oct 27 from 5-8 pm
RSVP: Sign up here
Stay tuned for information about upcoming field hearings in other parts of the country in November and December; we’ll keep you posted.

FutureBlog is your destination for analysis of the latest news in music/tech/policy; here’s a selection of our most popular recent posts:

Can Investing in Indie Music Save Your Neighborhood?
Urban designers are now looking at music venues as an important tool for economic development. What does this look like in practice, and how can we sure that musicians themselves ultimately benefit from investment in cultural infrastructure?

Five Lessons from U2’s Partnership with Apple
U2’s free album giveaway via iTunes delighted some music fans and infuriated others.

Sirius/XM Loses Big in California Court Ruling
A new federal court ruling awakens once again the recurring debate on Pre-72’s, digital broadcasters, and how to make sure veteran artists are treated fairly.

Putting Urban Outfitters’ Vinyl Sales Claims in Context
An Urban Outfitters executive recently made the dubious claim that the retail giant is the #1 seller of vinyl today. What does this tell us about the changing face of physical retail?

Decrypting the Metadata Landscape

If creators aren’t getting paid when their music is used on licensed services, problems with metadata could be a reason.

New Bill Would Update Copyright Law to Recognize Marriage Equality

While marriage equality is becoming law in more and more states, US Copyright law may need to be updated to treat all marriages equally.

You can always contact us at suggestions [at] futureofmusic [dot] org if you have any questions or feedback.