Downtown Boys have partnered with DemandProgress.org, Future of Music Coalition, and Impose Magazine to launch Spark Mag, a new culture website whose aim is to publicize the music of radical and politically-minded artists from all genres and to connect them with fans and the organizing campaigns these artists have been working on for years. Spark Mag aims to highlight artists who may receive less coverage for their work because of their radical views.
In a video accompanying an Indiegogo campaign, Downtown Boys’ singer Victoria Ruiz announced the launch of Spark Mag, an online magazine dedicated to giving radical, politically minded musicians of all genres a platform to express their ideas directly to fans via weekly interviews and artist-penned editorials. Spearheaded by grassroots activists Demand Progress, in collaboration with IMPOSE Magazine and the Future of Music Coalition, the magazine will be edited by Ruiz and fellow Downtown Boys member Joey La Neve DeFrancesco. Their goal is to connect artists, activists and fans to utilize culture to effect social change. The website already features writing from Priests, Sadie Dupuis of Speedy Ortiz, and profiles of Algiers and Abdul Ali. read more
Introduction to new cultural and political website, the “Spark Mag,” at theSparkMag.com. Grassroots activist group Demand Progress—partnering with Future of Music Coalition, Impose Magazine, and political rock band Downtown Boys—has launched its new culture website called “Spark Mag.” read more
Tucked away in the basement of a nondescript Columbia Heights house, some of the most exciting music in years has been recorded at Swim-Two-Birds, the home studio of spouses Hugh McElroy and Kevin Erickson. From Priests to the Cornel West Theory to Hemlines, Swim-Two-Birds has become synonymous with a certain sound among D.C.’s musical contingent. That’s mostly due to the studio’s all-analog setup—rare in today’s digitally obsessed culture—but also because of who Hugh and Kevin are: deeply passionate music nerds. Hugh—a D.C. native—has been a part of the local punk scene for years, playing in experimental post-hardcore band Black Eyes in early aughts, while Kevin works full-time advocating for artist’s rights with the Future of Music Coalition. read more
As past Summit attendees know, our annual policy conference isn’t just about fact inundation. This being the music industry, we like to celebrate too — and this year we have a pretty great reason to do so. The Future of Music Coalition is turning 15 years old, so we’re having a Quinceañera shindig on Monday night, October 26, at Gypsy Sally’s (3401 Water Street NW).
The Future of Music Policy Summit is a two-day annual event in Washington DC that brings together musicians and composers, managers and artist advocates, labels, publishers and music societies, tech innovators, legal experts and policymakers to discuss the most pressing issues facing the music business, all centered on the needs of musicians themselves.
Hosted by Future of Music Coalition and Georgetown University, this year’s event takes place on October 26-27. read more
The Technology Policy Institute has confirmed participants for the 2015 Aspen Forum breakout sessions. The three informal, off-the-record breakout sessions will cover the pertinent topics of music licensing, intellectual property and competition policy, and unlicensed spectrum. The Aspen Forum is scheduled for August 16 – 18 and registration can still be performed online.
The session, “Music Licensing: Moving to the Digital Era” will be moderated by Michael Smith, Technology Policy Institute Senior Adjunct Fellow and Professor of Information Systems and Marketing at Carnegie Mellon University. Participants include: read more
Can you believe it? Future of Music Coalition turns 15 years old this month!
As part of our 15th anniversary, we’re asking our loyal blog readers (including you!) for feedback through a short online survey.
Your anonymous answers to these twenty quick questions will help us understand how to better serve our community of musicians & songwriters, managers, indie labels, technologists, legal eagles, policy wonks, and music fans.
And as an added bonus, you’ll be entered to win a pair of Audio-Technica Active Noise-Canceling headphones. They’re compact, comfy, great for travel, and will keep the music flowing all summer long.
We promise it’ll take less time than listening to “Stairway to Heaven,” and your responses will be truly helpful in shaping our education, research, and advocacy work moving forward. Thank you for your past support and helping us build for the future!
No other group can say that. And we’re not done yet.
Future of Music Coalition and our artist allies understand that change is inevitable. The difference is that we want change to equal progress. And not just for a handful of giant corporations whose business interests aren’t always aligned with artists or fans.
We are in this together.
We fight for musicians. We stand with fans. We are the Future of Music.