The lineup of speakers for MIDEM 2012 was just made public which means we get to share some exciting news with you: FMC will be part of Visionary Monday on January 30, 2012.
Our kick-ass consultant Kristin Thomson (@kristinthomson) will be presenting some initial, exclusive findings from our Artist Revenue Streams research project. In her talk, Kristin will describe what we have learned through our multi-method research process about the changing relationship between artists and brands. read more
On September 6, Future of Music Coalition launched a Money From Music — a groundbreaking new survey to determine how US-based musicians and composers are getting by in a changing landscape for music. What does a 21st-century artist revenue stream look like, and how has it changed over time? What are the similarities and differences between jazz artists, classical musicians, singer-songwriters and emcees? We really want to know. And you can help. read more
Washington, D.C.—National non-profit Future of Music Coalition (FMC), which focuses on education, research and advocacy for musicians, will soon close its ambitious Artist Revenue Streams survey. The survey can be taken at http://futureofmusic.org/ars until Friday, October 28, 2011.
The survey is one part of a multi-method research effort to assess how musicians and composers are currently generating income from their music, performances and brand, asking the question, “How do you make money from music?” read more
Since its birth in 2005, the nature of YouTube as a platform for (just) homegrown video has undergone some seismic shifts. The site is now home to more media than almost any online streaming platform. Cute kittens and The Beatles (OK, little kids singing The Beatles) are now only a single click away. read more
How many of you have heard this — or something like it — before? These comments are all gleaned from just one recent article in CNET.
“Artists don’t get payed for their songs anyway. The only real money they make is through merchandise and concerts. I can bet you that the vast majority of album sales go to the record labels. At this point in time, record labels are middlemen, and are no longer required in this internet-run world.”
“What a joke. Lime wire was great :-( Most music today is created by hacks. If music is good, people will pay money to support their band. But most bands are a joke and just greedy. Personally I think the loss of Lime Wire is a loss for all of us. But it just means people will find another way to get free music as we all do.”
“I don’t see a big deal. these artists already make millions! and lets not get started with how much cash record companies are rolling in.”
When Spotify launched in the US back in July, we were pretty stoked about the service’s flexibility, response and depth of features. We’ve spent a few months with it, and, as a consumer product, it is still very impressive. Now that we’re past the infatuation phase, it’s time to take a closer look at the relationship between Spotify and musicians, particularly independents. For those just tuning in, Spotify is a streaming on-demand music service that has an ad-supported free version, as well as a premium, ad-free subscription option. Unlike say, Pandora, Spotify lets you choose which specific songs you want to hear and create playlists. This means that on-demand services like Spotify (and MOG, Rhapsody and Rdio) have to pay a different license than radio-like services.
Are your songs being streamed on Pandora? Have you ever performed music on TV? Do you know about ASCAPlus, BMI Live or AARC royalties? Whether you’re a songwriter, performer or musician, there are pockets of money out there that you may be able to access. During this panel, learn more about the range of revenue streams available to musicians and composers, from the obvious to the more obscure. read more
In the 12th episode of This Week In Music, Ian Rogers sits down with Future of Music Coalition’s Kristin Thomson to talk about FMC’s initiatives. Future of Music Coalition is a national nonprofit organization that works to ensure a diverse musical culture where artists flourish, are compensated fairly for their work, and where fans can find the music they want.
The Future of Music Coalition recently began conducting a survey called “How Do You Make Money From Music?” It aims to find out all the ways an artist can earn a living - from concerts to publishing and more. Jean Cook, director of programs at the Coalition, joins us to explain.