You’re an artist. You’ve stumbled onto our site from a tweet, Facebook post, friend’s referral or a Google search, probably something along the lines of “artist + musician + activism.” You want to take charge of your career and do your part to grow the new music ecosystem, but you have questions.
We’re here to help. While we can’t give you specific career advice, we can help demystify a complex and evolving marketplace for music. We’re always happy to discuss ways for you to get involved.
Back at our 2010 Future of Music Policy Summit, Canadian Member of Parliament Charlie Angus (House of Commons, Timmins, ON) joined FMC co-founder and general counsel Walter McDonough on stage for a special conversation about Charlie’s experiences as a musician, broadcaster, elected official and activist. Charlie got in touch with us this week to update us on a cause close to his heart: the native people of Attawapiskat. read more
McCaughey: I recently attended a retreat in New Orleans sponsored and led by the Future Of Music Coalition and Air Traffic Control, with the added participation of local organizations like Sweet Home New Orleans. There was sort of a dual purpose to the gathering: facilitating activism in the music community, as well as showing how local activism in New Orleans is helping the city and its musicians recover from the disaster of Katrina.
We at FMC are always psyched when we hear about artists making DIY work for them. Although you can't paint with one brush when it comes to musicians -- many have wonderful relationships with their labels -- it's clear that today's performers don't need big-time backing to make a record and get it out there. And they're also getting way creative with marketing, as we point out in our recent post about Josh Freese and Jill Sobule. read more
Moore first met Morello in November 2006 when the guitarist came to New Orleans for a Future of Music Coalition concert at Tipitina’s. Two nights before the benefit, Moore performed at a party at the Mother-in-Law Lounge that Morello attended.
As Moore recalled, Morello said, “Ask anybody who knows me — I hate drummers. But you’ve done nothing to offend me. You’re my new favorite drummer.”
At Tipitina’s, they briefly shared the stage; Moore also performed with trombone collective Bonerama.
When was the last time you cranked up the volume on your radio because you heard something new, different or local? Chances are it's been a while. But quality local broadcasting doesn't have to be a thing of the past. Together, we can make it an everyday reality.
Radio is still an incredibly important resource for artists, fans and communities. That's why FMC is involved in the fight to expand non-commercial radio as alternatives to homogenized commercial broadcasting. We believe that radio has the power to inspire, inform and entertain while serving up distinct local and regional flavor. And the musicians we've talked to think so, too. read more
Our three-day bacchanal in the Big Easy (a highly productive bacchanal, we might add) has ended, and FMC staff are back in D.C., where we're basking in the warm memories of another successful Artist Activism Camp and "Musicians Bringing Musicians Home" concert. Bet you wish you had been there! Well, maybe you were. . . if so, cheers!
This year's retreat included such talented artists as Wayne Kramer (MC5), Jolie Holland, Jon Langford (Waco Brothers, Mekons), Saul Williams, Scott McCaughey (Young Fresh Fellows, Minus 5, R.E.M.), Laura Veirs, Vijay Iyer, Erin McKeown, Bonerama, Al "Carnival Time" Johnson, Martín Perna (Antibalas, TV On the Radio, Ocote Soul Sounds), Mariam Adam (Imani Winds), Luke Reynolds (Pictures and Sounds) and Paul Sanchez. read more
FMC staff are on the way to New Orleans for our latest Artist Activism Camp and "Musicians Bringing Musicians Home" concert. There's nothing like a three-day party in the Big Easy to kick off summer!
But it's not all bourbon and gumbo. The May 20-22 retreat -- hosted by FMC and Air Traffic Control -- is the fifth since the Gulf Coast storms of 2005. Artists from around the country converge on New Orleans to tour affected neighborhoods, visit with the city's notable musicians and community leaders and participate in strategy sessions about how to integrate activism and philanthropy into their musical lives and careers. read more
Congressional recess is over (or district work period, as the grown-ups call it) and our representatives are back on the Hill, doing those legislative things they do. So it's as good a time as any for a community radio pop-in.
On Thursday, April 23, Low Power FM supporters from around the country will visit the offices of their various representatives to talk about how LPFM benefits local communities. FMC is bringing kickass New Jersey singer-songwriter Nicole Atkins along for the ride, which includes a Policy Briefing on LPFM in room 5456 of the Rayburn House Office building. read more