A Benefit Concert for Sweet Home New Orleans, featuring:
Damian Kulash of OK Go
Jim James of My Morning Jacket
and special guests
Sunday, May 27th at Tipitina’s
501 Napoleon Ave, New Orleans
This weekend, FMC folks are heading back down to New Orleans for our second
artist activism camp. The goal of this event is to bring together artists — both established and
emerging — to discuss best practices for artist advocacy. The artists also
go on a tour of New Orleans during their time, visiting the Ninth Ward and
hearing from some of the city’s musicians about the efforts to revitalize
their music community.
The three-day retreat concludes with a benefit concert for Sweet Home
New Orleans, a coalition of non-profit organizations that helps find
affordable housing in New Orleans and provides rental assistance for Katrina
displaced musicians, Mardi Gras performers and other traditional New Orleans artists.
The first "Musicians Bringing Musicians Home" event on Nov. 3, 2006 drew hundreds of fans. Steve Earle, Mike Mills of R.E.M. and a number of other artists played for three Hurricane Katrina-related charities: the New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic, the Arabi Wrecking Krewe and the Tipitina’s Foundation. All three are members of the Sweet Home New Orleans project.
Show time: Doors open at 8 p.m. Music starts at 9 p.m.
Tickets: $20 before the show and $25 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at www.ticketweb.com.
Read FMC press release
New Orleans Gets Help From Its Friends
CMJ, May 16, 2007
On May 2, FMC and the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy
hosted a Policy Day, focusing on the critical issues emerging in the Courts,
Congress and at the Copyright Office. The event was standing room only,
with 160 musicians, technologists, attorneys, policymakers, advocates and
journalists packed in the conference room at the Economic Policy Institute.
Webcasts of all the panels and speeches can be found here.
The morning kicked off with a fantastic keynote by Rep. Mark Doyle (D-PA).
As a Member of House Energy and Commerce Committee, and Vice Chair of the Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet, Rep. Doyle has quickly risen to be one of Congress’ most informed policymakers on the issues concerning musicians and the music industry, and his speech was chock full
of promising ideas. You can read his remarks here.
Then we moved into the first panel, Radio Waves, which brought together key
folks from the webcasting, satellite radio, and musician communities. Most
of the conversation focused on the CRB’s webcasting rates and their impact
on webcasters and musicians, which was clearly a hot topic following the
webcaster visits to the Hill the day before to lobby Congress for a lower
rate. In fact, a number of webcasters including Live 365 CEO Mark Lam and
SomaFM’s Rusty Hodges were in the audience and had questions for
SoundExchange’s John Simson. FMC’s Brian Zisk did an excellent job
moderating this very informative and productive panel.
After lunch, which included a keynote by CEA’s Gary Shapiro, we moved into a
panel called The Net Effect, which generated a heated debate about network
neutrality. But before the panel, FMC’s Jenny Toomey delivered a clever
powerpoint presentation called "Network Neutrality: OK Go Style" which
cataloged the internet’s role in the band’s growing notoriety — from the
first ping pong video, through the treadmill video (now viewed over 17
million times on YouTube), to their Grammy win.
The Net Effect panel was followed by a keynote from David Carson, Associate
Register for Policy and International Affairs for the US Copyright Office.
In under 35 minutes, David wowed the audience by covering all sorts of
eye-glazing topics like Section 115 reform, webcasting rates, orphan works
and the public performance right for sound recordings with a wit and style
that made even the non-lawyers in the audience follow along with ease. His
remarks dovetailed right into the final panel Stocking the Celestial
Jukebox, which covered the problems with different licensing and royalty
schemes among different digital platforms, and how changes to copyright law
might lead to greater parity, and more equitable compensation for artists.
Then, it was off to the picturesque 10th floor for cocktails and hors
d’oeurves at the Center for American Progress, with music by the Kevin Cordt
Quartet. A perfect finish to a very productive day. Thanks to all who attended!
DC Policy Day 07 home page | Watch archived webcasts | FMC blog coverage
Select Press Coverage
Technology and Intellectual Property Policy Day
Blogcritics, May 10, 2007
Lobbying Effort to Make Broadcasters Pay Sound Recording Royalties in the Works?
Broadcast Law Blog, May 9, 2007
If Over the Air Radio had to pay SoundExchange
SomaFM, May 8, 2007
Music Policy Fills Washington Air
Internet News, May 3, 2007
Radio News You Can’t Use
WFMU’s Blog, May 3, 2007
Congressman Mike Doyle on Media Consolidation & Net Neutrality
ACS Blog, May 3, 2007
We also posted lots of trade press here
Mark your calendars! Our seventh annual Future of Music Policy Summit will
happen September 17-18, 2007 at GWU Betts Theatre in Washington, DC.
Online registration and musician scholarships will be open in mid-July.
Stay tuned to the next newsletter for developing details including early
bird rates, programming details and more! For more info about the event or
to learn how to become a sponsor, email us at summit [at] futureofmusic [dot] org.
Donate to the Future of Music Coalition!