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
OK, we can admit it -- we're getting really excited about the upcoming Future of Music Policy Summit, which takes place at Georgetown University on October 4-6. How could we not be, with such a stellar range of speakers and visionary presenters lined up to talk about the future of music and the artists who will help shape it?
Visitors to our little corner of the internet may have stumbled across the news that we've confirmed U.S. Senator Al Franken (D-MN) to speak at our event -- very cool. read more
Tune in at 7 PM ET and 6 PM - midnight tomorrow for the Just Plain Folks Music Awards, being live webcast from "Music City" -- Nashville, TN. All categories will be announced during the show, and the event will feature over 30 live performances from nominees. read more
If you follow new technologies for the digital distribution and access of music, you've undoubtedly come across the name Spotify. In recent months, the Sweden-based service — which offers a deep catalog of high quality streaming audio via a rock-solid and intuitive desktop client — has racked up the press mentions on both sides of the Atlantic. Spotify's Daniel Ek will be presenting at the Future of Music Policy Summit 2009 (Georgetown University, Washington, DC, Oct. 4-6). Reserve your spot now! read more
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Net neutrality advocates will be heartened to hear the words that came out of FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski's mouth in a recent interview with The Hill. The new boss at the Commission stated, pretty much unequivocally, that the FCC intends to proactively uphold the principles that protect the open internet.
"One thing I would say so that there is no confusion out there is that this FCC will support net neutrality and will enforce any violation of net neutrality principles," Genachowski offered. read more
Have you heard about "OneWebDay" It's an international celebration of the internet. Held annually on September 22, this worldwide event calls attention to the exchange of information and ideas the internet inspires. From the connectivity between musicians and fans to grassroots organizing and civic participation, the web gives everyone access to the most important communications platform of our time.
On Friday, August 21, a New York federal appeals court ruled that a webcasting services that let listeners create taste-customizable "radio stations" (like Pandora) don't have to pay individual, per-song licensing fees to sound copyright holders (most often the labels). read more