Ready for another fantastic music-tech event? We know you’ve just recovered from the 2011 Future of Music Policy Summit, but if you’re in the Washington, DC area next week, we hope you’ll join us for DCWEEK.
DCWEEK is a week-long festival here in the District centered on collaboration between designers, developers, entrepreneurs and social innovators of all kinds. The week includes hundreds of individual events pitched and produced by the community alongside “official” conference panels, parties and projects created by iStrategyLabs and Tech Cocktail (the festival organizers). Join FMC staff at the following events: read more
We’re just now recovering from the whirlwind that was last week’s 2011 Future of Music Policy Summit here in Washington, DC. A huge thank you is in order for all the panelists, volunteers, staff and sponsors who helped make this one of our best Summits yet. From Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen flicking guitar picks on an unsuspecting audience member, to heated conversations about blanket licenses and ticketing schemes, to Erin McKeown dropping knowledge about life as an independent creator, we pretty much saw it all. And we’ve got the tweets to prove it — check out #FMC11 to see what people were saying.
The April release of Creative License: The Law and Culture of Digital Sampling marked the collaborative effort between the book’s authors and the team at Future of Music Coalition. Co-authored by Kembrew McLeod and FMC board member Peter DiCola, with contributions from Jenny Toomey and Kristin Thomson of FMC, Creative License is a significant contribution to the debate surrounding the law of digital sampling. read more
Today’s music landscape is filled with both excitement and foreboding. With so many new technologies and ways to promote and distribute music, how do performers, composers, songwriters and independent labels know how to participate, who to trust, and what is most effective?
FMC worked with the Old Town School of Folk Music and other musician organizations to program our fifth “What’s the Future for Musicians?” educational event, this one in Chicago on One Web Day — September 22, 2008. read more
Very exciting times here at FMC â€” we’ve got a brand-new website with all the bells and whistles (or most of ‘em, anyway), and we’ve opened up registration for Policy Summit 2009, which takes place October 4-6 at Georgetown University in DC. There’s some other stuff, too, but we won’t spoil it for you… read on for the details!
1. Registration opens for Policy Summit 2009! 2. FMC launches new website
3. â€œJuly Giving Campaign” a huge success, thanks to you!
4. New York State edition of “Same Old Song” radio report
5. Kristin Thomson on Mediageek Radioshow
6. More movement on LPFM 7. Best of FutureBlog round-up 8. HealthCare Remix panel at SEIU 9. How are we doing?
We want YOUR input about FMC events! We'd love it if you could spare about a minute of your time (literally, like 60 seconds) to take a five-question survey about our Policy Summit, and FMC events in general. It's a great way for previous attendees to give feedback, and those who haven't been to our conferences can plug in, too. For your time, we'll automatically enter you into a raffle to win one complimentary registration to Policy Summit 2009 at Georgetown University in DC on October 4-6. . .We know it's Monday morning and everything, but we at FMC are unusually giddy. No, it's not that triple-shot espresso -- although that feels pretty good, too -- we're just excited about FMC's 2009 Policy Summit, which takes place at Georgetown University on October 4-6. read more
Back in 2005, I watched Public Enemy producer Hank Shocklee and funk godfather George Clinton debate this issue at a conference in D.C. Shocklee played increasingly short snippets of a song and wondered how much he should pay for the right to use each sample, as commercial hip-hop artists routinely do. Eventually, only a fraction of a note was left. “Am I stealing your performance… or am I just looking for the sound?”
The Future of Music Coalition is a group dedicated to education, research, and advocacy for musicians. In an effort to sort through the quagmire of confusion these days over rights, intellectual property and the effects of new media, the group conducts Policy Days, discussions between representatives of many of the major players. The 2009 Policy Day certainly brought together a wealth of ideas and personalities, though no grand conclusions.