It’s a bad rock n’ roll cliche that many artists die before they’re old, but surprisingly two new bits of information give credence to the notion that artists face more significant health problems than other people. Researchers at the Centre for Public Health at Liverpool John Moores University have found that rock stars are 2 to 3 times as likely to suffer premature death as the general population.
The study looked at more than 1,000 artists from England and North America spanning nearly the entire rock era of 1956 to 2005. Sadly, more than a quarter of the deaths were related to alcohol or drugs. read more
Today, the Federal Communications Commission moved to lift the 32 year-old ban on common ownership of newspapers and broadcast outlets in the country’s 20 largest cities. FCC Chairman Kevin Martin provoked the ire of more than a few citizens and public interest groups by arranging for what many (including some members of Congress) have deemed as a rush to a vote.
The changes aren’t as sweeping as those proposed in 2003 by Martin’s predecessor, Michael Powell. The new rules would allow a newspaper to merge with a TV or radio station only if the publication is not among a city’s top four and there are at least eight independent media voices in the market. read more
It’s T-minus seven to this year’s FMC Policy Summit, and it’s shaping up to be one of the best yet. Register today to guarantee your seat, because we’re very close to capacity in the theatre, and online registration will close at midnight, Friday, Sept 14.
FMC welcomes Senator Bryon Dorgan and Senator Ron Wyden as keynote speakers
On Monday, FMC’s Jenny Toomey will welcome attendees to the Policy Summit, backed by New Orleans musician Al “Carnival Time” Johnson.
Marybeth Peters, Register, US Copyright Office, will participate in a special conversation with USPTO’s Ann Chaitovitz about her 40 years at the Office, and the impact of new technologies on the copyright system. read more
Today is the beginning of FMC’s 7th annual Policy Summit. Come join us at Betts Theatre at the George Washington University Marvin Center in Washington, DC for two days of exciting and engaging conversations about everything from network neutrality to the technologies that are bringing musicians and fans closer together. read more
Last week, it was the Senate Judiciary Committee’s turn to direct its attention to the debate about the public performance right for sound recordings.
A little primer: When you hear a song on regular radio in the US, the composer/songwriter/publisher are compensated for that “public performance” via ASCAP/BMI/SESAC, but the performer and record label are not. read more
Musicians haven’t always been the most politically plugged-in animals, but they do fight for what they need and care about.
We hope they realize how important net neutrality is to their work — both now and in the future.
Some Big Telecom companies want to charge providers for faster service, which would result in a "tiered" Internet. This could affect musicians, small labels and entrepreneurs who depend on equal access to the Internet to reach new listeners and engage fans and supporters. So it’s important to know which presidential candidates are in favor of net neutrality. Sometimes this is trickier than it sounds. read more
A couple of indie-music veterans and their managers have come together to create a new music site that “will allow artists to release new music, and create deeper relationships with fans, who can create remixes and spend up to $5,000 to get an executive producer credit on an artist’s album,” according to an article in DigitalMediaWire. read more
Time is almost up to apply for a musicians’ scholarship to the Future of Music Policy Summit in Washington DC September 17-18th. We have 15 scholarships left to award to musicians that would like to come to the Policy Summit next month, so if you’d like to be one of the attendees and cannot otherwise afford the registration fee, please apply now.
Now in its seventh year, the Future of Music Policy Summit brings an unprecedented group of panelists and keynote speakers together with an engaged, diverse audience for a robust debate about the critical issues at the intersection of music, law, technology and policy.
Currently, we’re several thousand feet in the air, jetting to Austin for South By Southwest. Which gives us time to whip up a blog post about all the exciting stuff that’s happened over the last couple of days.
On Monday and Tuesday, Ok Go’s Damian Kulash and Andy Ross took a break from writing material for their next album to come to Washington, D.C. and hobnob with members of Congress in support of Net Neutrality. Kulash also testified before the House Judiciary Committee about the importance of the open Internet to musicians and fans. Perfect timing, too, considering FMC’s Rock the Net campaign turns a year old this month. read more
There’s no doubt that the emergence of peer-to-peer file sharing, music blogs and portable media players just a few short years ago launched a digital music revolution. Yet as incredible as carrying around tens of thousands of songs in your pocket is, selling songs via the PC is not likely to be a permanent music business model. What‘s next for the iPod and its brethren? A quick look at the devices currently on the market points to a wireless future. Apple’s high-end iPod Touch and it’s closest competitors, the SanDisk Sansa and Microsoft Zune, all have the ability to acquire music wirelessly — via either an online store or wireless file sharing.