The Hideout will bring a Chicago-style celebration of Barack Obama?s inauguration to Washington, D.C., on Jan. 19.
?The Big Shoulders Ball: Chicago Celebrates Change? will take place on inauguration eve at the Black Cat in the nation?s capital. Performers will include a Chicago-centric lineup of Tortoise, Andrew Bird, the Waco Brothers, Eleventh Dream Day, Jon Langford, Sally Timms, David “Honeyboy” Edwards, Ken Vandermark, Freakwater, Icy Demons and Judson Claiborne.
We’re happy to say that FMC’s fourth trip to New Orleans years revealed a city rebuilding. After a first night at the Mother-in-Law Lunger, we launched into a day of meetings about musicians engaging in activism, which segued beautifully into a thoroughly entertaining benefit concert for Sweet Home New Orleans, an organization that helps bring New Orleans musicians back to New Orleans post-Katrina and helps keep the city’s musical traditions alive. read more
A handful of FMC peeps are in the Big Easy for our fourth annual Artist Activism Camp, which brings together emerging and established artists to talk about how to incorporate positive social change into their lives and careers. The three-day retreat is followed by Musicians Bringing Musicians Home IV, a benefit concert for Sweet Home New Orleans —a non-profit group that provides housing and financial assistance to musicians displaced by Hurricane Katrina. read more
FMC staff are off to New Orleans for our annual Artist Activism Camp and the Musicians Bringing Musicians Home IV concert event. MBMHIV is the rockin’ finale of the fourth three-day activist retreat hosted by FMC and Air Traffic Control since Katrina wracked the region in 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.
It’s that time of year again (we’re not talking about the holidays, but yes, they’re happening too). read more
The ?Musicians Bringing Musicians Home IV? concert is the celebratory and fundraising finale of the fourth three-day activist retreat hosted by Air Traffic Control and the Future of Music Coalition since the Gulf Coast storms of 2005. This retreat brings established and emerging artists from around the country to New Orleans to tour affected neighborhoods, visit with some of the city?s notable musicians and community leaders and participate in strategy sessions about how to integrate activism and philanthropy into their work as musicians.
The Musicians Bringing Musicians Home IV concert will arrive at the end of a three-day activist retreat hosted by Air Traffic Control and the Future of Music Coalition since the Gulf Coast storms of 2005. This retreat brings established and emerging artists from around the country to New Orleans to tour affected neighborhoods, visit with some of the city?s notable musicians and community leaders and participate in strategy sessions about how to integrate activism and philanthropy into their work as musicians.
The plight of the people of New Orleans and the surrounding areas in the wake of the Hurricane Katrina disaster continues, and in a sense it’s everyone’s plight. Accordingly, what reads like a representative sampling of everyone in music will assemble for “Musicians Bringing Musicians Home IV”, a benefit concert for NOLA musicians’ charity Sweet Home New Orleans.
Over at Idolator, they’ve taken a look at whether Girl Talk’s sampling would constitute “fair use” under current copyright law (they think it wouldn’t). A follow-up post by a lawyer friend of Idolator’s goes into more detail on so-called “transformative uses.” Not long ago, FMC published our own post about GT (aka Greg Gillis) that examined the hurdles he’d have to go to license all of the uses, and also described how current copyright law protects artists who don’t want their music used. (Idolator actually referenced our analysis in a couple of recent posts.) It’s an extraordinarily complex issue, for which there’s no easy fix. That’s why we say that ongoing dialogue between all parties is probably the best way forward.
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 and The Public Theater and other musician organizations presented our sixth “What’s the Future for Musicians?” educational event, this one in New York City on October 6, 2008. read more