Almost a decade ago, Metallica discovered their otherwise-forgettable “I Disappear” floating around the Internet, months before a proper release. Traced back to its source, that song became the thread that unraveled Napster. Ironically, file sharing, and the future of the music with it, became more complicated and less controlled - an issue that continue to dominate any discussion of the music industry.
Founded around that time, the Future of Music Coalition works to ensure that musicians have a voice in the issues that affect their livelihood. From October 3-5, at Georgetown University, the FMC will hold their 10th Anniversary Future of Music Policy Summit, a music-tech-policy conference that promises to continue the discussion.