Today, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski announced at the Brookings Institute the Commission's plan to expand Net Neutrality principles. We at Future of Music Coalition have long supported efforts to protect the open internet, so we think this a positive step. When FMC launched the Rock the Net campaign back in 2007, it was with a strong conviction that Net Neutrality is key to giving all artists -- superstars and developing acts alike -- equal footing on the most important technological platform of our time. read more
Don't miss Mac at the 2009 Future of Music Policy Summit (Oct. 4-6, Georgetown University Washington, DC)!We at Future of Music Coalition are huge fans of Mac McCaughan, and not just because he's a member of indie-rock stalwarts Superchunk and Portastatic. And not only due to the fact that he co-founded in 1989 one of the most influential and forward-looking independent record labels around, Merge Records. And not simply because Mac is an all-around awesome dude (which he is). read more
The scuttlebutt in Washington, DC is that newly-appointed FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski will talk at the Brookings Institute on Monday, Sept. 21 about the FCC's plan introduce new Net Neutrality rules. (The kids still say scuttlebutt, right?) It probably goes without saying that this is a huge deal for supporters of the open internet, FMC among them. read more
On Thursday, September 17 at 9:30 AM ET, FMC Policy Director Michael Bracy and composer Alex Shapiro will participate in an FCC broadband workshop called "The Role of Content in the Broadband Ecosystem." According to the Commission's broadband taskforce, this workshop aims to "address issues pertaining to online content and its role in the broadband ecosystem." read more
Yesterday, North Carolina Public Radio (WUNC) aired a segment about the struggles Chapel Hill-area musicians have with obtaining quality, affordable health insurance. Obviously, this is an issue for many Americans. Yet musicians represent a kind of shifting dynamic in toda's workforce — from full-time, lifelong employment with benefits to more contract-based, freelance gigs. So other consultant and project-based professionals (think graphic designers and computer/internet programmers) have likely lived through similar circumstances. So what can we learn from the musician experience? read more
For this edition of FMC's "Behind the Policy Summit" series, we're traveling across the pond to introduce you to another fabulous speaker at Future of Music Policy Summit 2009. Today's victim, er, subject is Brian Message — a partner in Courtyard Management (the team representing Radiohead, Supergrass and the 22-20s, among others). In addition to his high-profile management duties, Brian is also the newly appointed chairman of the Music Managers Forum in the UK. read more
Today, the Federal Communications Commission published public comments on a petition filed by the musicFIRST Coalition. The original petition claims that certain radio stations are boycotting artists because of their support of a Public Performance Right for terrestrial (over-the-air) broadcasts. It also alleges that the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), has been airing "misleading" ads about the Performance Right, and that member stations have refused to accept paid commercial messages from musicFIRST -- a group including labels, musicians' unions, SoundExchange and hundreds of musicians. read more
"Behind the Policy Summit" series, we're very excited to introduce not one, but two speakers with whom you're probably already familiar. But let's talk about 'em anyway!
The Senate's newest member, Al Franken(D-MN) is on board for the Future of Music Policy Summit (Oct. 4-6, Georgetown University, Washington, DC). Senator Franken will deliver a keynote about one of our favorite topics, net neutrality. We've seen the Senator in action in some of his earlier committee hearings (he actually brought up net neutrality during Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor's confirmation process), and we're very much looking forward to his comments about preserving the open internet. read more
With FMC's 2009 Policy Summit just around the corner (Georgetown University in DC, Oct. 4-6), we figured it's a great time to get you better acquainted with some of the awesome speakers we have lined up for this year's event.
First up is Ian Rogers ofTopspin Media -- a digital visionary who's helping to shape the future of music. read more