In the almost ten years that Future of Music Coalition has existed, we've seen tremendous changes in the way musicians go about reaching and cultivating fans. Perhaps the biggest development in our decade on the scene is in how artists are using the internet.
It's safe to say that nearly all of the exciting things that have gone down online are the result of net neutrality — the principle that protects the open internet. read more
We're thrilled to report that the Local Community Radio Act passed out of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce in a unanimous vote on Thursday, Oct. 15. This means the bill will now move to the full House.
Having worked on this issue for nearly a decade, we couldn't be more excited.
The Local Community Radio Act would allow for the creation of hundreds of new Low Power FM (LPFM) radio stations in communities across the country. But what is Low Power FM, anyway? read more
Today, (Oct 15, 2009), the Senate Judiciary Committee passed their version of the Performance Rights Act of 2009 in voice vote. This is an important step in ensuring that performers and sound copyright owners (usually the labels) are compensated when their music is played (or "performed") on over-the-air radio. read more
One of the most fascinating and fun parts of the 2009 Future of Music Policy Summit was the screening of COPYRIGHT CRIMINALS -- a documentary by Benjamin Franzen and University of Iowa professor Kembrew McLeod. The free movie screening at Georgetown University in DC (where Summit took place from October 4-6) was incredible. Of course, so was the conversation with Kembrew and Tony Berman of Berman Entertainment and Technology Law, who is featured in the film. read more
Here at FMC, we tend to think a lot about changing business models for musicians. Certainly, many artists are still making the majority of their money from selling CDs, merch or playing gigs. Yet we’ve come to realize that musicians’ access to potential revenue — especially in today’s digital landscape — expands far beyond that.
Recently, FMC started ponder all this in a more organized fashion: just how many different ways are there for musicians to earn money? We’ve come up with 29 so far, which we list below.
Well, we hope everyone had a nice long weekend (if you got one, that is). We at FMC took a couple of days to unwind from the 2009 Future of Music Policy Summit, which took place from Oct. 4-6 at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. If you were there, you know how awesome it was. Hopefully the rest of you were able to catch the live webcast.
But we haven't exactly been slacking since this year's Summit wound down. Our Education Director, Kristin Thomson has been hard at work putting together slides and documents related to the musician-oriented programming from Sunday, Oct. 4. read more
The Act would clear the way for hundreds more Low-Power FM (LPFM) stations in towns and cities across America. But what are these stations, and why are we so excited about having more of them? read more
Musicians, artist advocates, policymakers, journalists, technologists and industry reps have descended upon the lovely Georgetown University campus in Washington, DC for the 2009 Future of Music Policy Summit.
It's been INCREDIBLE so far. We've heard a kickass keynote from Senator Al Franken, who then sat down for a rather moving chat with Mike Mills of R.E.M.FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski got "played onstage" by New Orleans brass band Bonerama before his stellar keynote. read more
Wow. We can barely believe that the Future of Music Policy Summit is a mere two days away! We can't wait to see all of our exciting presenters, speakers, moderators and attendees at Georgetown University in DC from Oct. 4-6. If you haven't looked at the lineup for this year's extravaganza, you gotta check it out. read more