Future of Music Coalition has just added several new names to its upcoming D.C. Policy Day at National Geographic Music and Radio and National Geographic Live! on February 11, 2009. The event offers an up-close look at how changes in the policymaking landscape could impact the music community, from artists and entrepreneurs to advocates and fans.
Luckily, Chicagoans, just like the Daley machine on which they rely, are known for getting things done. In the absence of an official Chicago Ball (though to be fair, Obama?s Home States Ball did feature the South Side?s other favorite son, Common), the Hideout, a renowned hipster dive, partnered with community organizers Interchange and D.C. think tank the Future of Music Coalition (full disclosure: I briefly wrote for their blog) to bring a busload of Chicago musicians to D.C.?s Black Cat on the eve of the inauguration.
For those of you who don’t know, Sivers founded CD Baby in after quitting his job at Warner Music to become a full time musician. Instead of trying to score a record deal and conventional distribution, Sivers began selling his CD on his personal website. Soon he was helping his musician friends do the same, and CD Baby was born. Since those humble beginnings, the site has grown to include more than 267,000 acts, sold more than five million CDs to online customers and has paid more than $98 million directly to artists.
With so many cool and interesting panelists on board for our upcoming DC Policy Day on February 11, it’s hard to choose which guest to be more excited about. read more
Organized by Chicago venue the Hideout and the Interchange Festival to benefit the Future of Music Coalition , the ball highlighted Windy City acts, many of whom had bused halfway across the country to celebrate the son of the city. Like Obama himself, most of the acts weren’t born in Chicago, but made homes there. Freakwater and Eleventh Dream Day hail from Kentucky, Jon Langford from Wales and Sally Timms from Leeds, Leo from New York and D.C. Ostensibly the show was concocted to celebrate the diversity and activity of the Chicago scene and, by extension, of American popular music.
Windy City pride was on full display pretty much everywhere this weekend, but it was perhaps no more rampant than at the Big Shoulders Ball, hosted jointly by the Hideout nightclub in Chicago and the Black Cat, benefiting the Future of Music Coalition. At the top of the bill were some big names, like Andrew Bird and Ted Leo, and some legendary Chi-town music scene vets, like Eleventh Dream Day and the Waco Brothers.
Billed as “a celebration of citizen politics, independent music and Windy City civic pride,” the $50-a-head event included the dulcet tones of Andrew Bird, postrock titan Tortoise, and bluesman David “Honeyboy” Edwards, among others. Presented by Chicago music venue the Hideout, which Tuten co-owns, and grassroots organizers Interchange, the Big Shoulders Ball also is raising money for the Future of Music Coalition and Chicago Public Schools marching bands.
Hours before the inauguration of President Barack Obama, musicians and crew are scrambling backstage to catch their bus after the Big Shoulders Ball, at Washington’s Black Cat. Jon Langford, of the Mekons and the Waco Brothers, who played a blistering set tonight, talks with City Paper about the historic moment and about the Chicago takeover of Washington. He’s joined by his “bodyguard,” Columbia Law School grad, Future of Music Coalition co-founder, and Obama campaign supporter Walter McDonough.
FUTUREOFMUSICCOALITION presents D.C. Policy Day 2009 at National Geographic Music and Radio and National Geographic Live! :: February 11, 2009.
This daylong event brings together leading voices to debate how changes in the policymaking landscape could impact the music community. Scheduled just two weeks after the start of a new federal administration, the event brings laser-beam focus to the core issues emerging in the courts, in Congress, at the FCC and the Copyright Office.