On Monday, July 12, Future of Music Coalition submitted comments to the Federal Communications Commission in its media ownership rules review. Although this proceeding takes into account the whole range of American media — newspapers, television, etc. — we focused on station ownership consolidation in the broadcast radio market, because that’s what impacts musicians and fans. read more
Lately, the FCC has found itself in a tricky position with regards to two of its biggest goals: getting broadband internet to more Americans and ensuring the web remains an open platform for all users. read more
It was a cuh-rayzee week for the internet, but things are looking up.
You may recall a couple of our earlierposts where we explained how an April 2010 court decision threw the FCC’s ability to protect the open internet into serious doubt. We’re not gonna get into the whole legal to-do, but suffice it to say, there were some questions about how the Commission might move forward. read more
Groups such as the Future of Music Coalition, an organization advocating on behalf of musicians, believes a web that isn’t net neutral will end up hurting independent artists and impede the development of the internet. “Artists need access to this platform. It’s how they relate to their fans,” said Casey Rae-Hunter, FMC Communications Director in a recent interview. “We knew if the platform was open we would see innovation.” Hunter points to the success of indie rock bands like Okay Go, who have used the web to cultivate a loyal fan base. Music sites like Pandora are examples of what can occur when artists and innovators are given the chance to compete on a level playing field.
Without the reassurance that a robust regulator is preventing service providers from steering or otherwise interfering with web traffic, people like Hunter fear the Internet may tend towards favoring major label artists and ultimately marginalizing indie acts.
“(Maybe) Lady Gaga could cut a deal with an ISP but I can’t,” said Hunter, also a working musician. read more
It was a great weekend for listening to FMC folks talk about our favorite subject: the intersection of music and policy.
On Saturday, FMC Policy Director Michael Bracy chatted with Windy City music scribes Greg Kot and Jim DeRogatis on "Sound Opinions" — a weekly talk show from Chicago Public Radio and American Public Media. read more
[Today's post is by theater maven and FMC Operations Coordinator Nicole Duffey]
Do you own a wireless microphone?
If so, take a moment to check out its specs — chances are it uses a part of the 700 MHz band of the electromagnetic spectrum to do its thing. If so, you’ll have to stop using your wireless mic this June. If you don’t, you could be putting someone’s life in danger.
Move over, George Lucas, Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson: FMC has created a movie trilogy that will dazzle the senses, uplift the human spirit, and maybe even win an Oscar or two. After a grueling 72 day shoot, we are proud to announce the world premiere of a new series of videos briefly explaining policy issues that impact musicians. And, unlike the Harry Potter movies, you don't even have to watch them in order.
In the first video, FMC Communications Director Casey Rae-Hunter discusses a topic that you may have come across in your RSS reader lately: net neutrality.
Net neutrality is the principle that protects the open internet. Without it, the web could change dramatically, and probably for the worst. If you're a musician who depends on the internet to promote your music, sell merch, book tours, interact with fans – and who isn't? — you should definitely familiarize yourself with the issue. This video will give you the basics on net neutrality and how it relates to musicians and fans. If you don’t have much time, don’t worry — it’s under four minutes. read more
Across town, another DC-based group, the Future of Music Coalition, was ready to engage. “Everyone is trying to figure out what the next steps are,” Casey Rae-Hunter,
Communications Director at the Coalition told Digital Music News.
Suddenly the debate is more energized, and according to Rae-Hunter, issues like Congressional involvement and aspects of the Administration-backed National Broadband Plan are getting greater attention. “This ramps up a very spirited and interesting debate,” the director shared. read more