FMC is partnering with the Association of Performing Arts Presenters and FTM Arts Law to present a special copyright/royalties track at the 2009 APAP Conference in NYC. This year’s event takes place at the Sheraton and Hilton Hotels in the Big Apple from January 9-13.
The three sessions FMC is participating in will look at the basics of copyright, contracts and royalties (Sunday, Jan. 11), a best practices discussion/support group for folks who have encountered royalties and copyright issues in their presenting/producing work (Monday, Jan. 12), and a policy update on where the copyright landscape is headed (Friday, Jan. 9).
FMC will be hosting its third DC Policy Day on Wednesday, February 11, 2009, where some of the smartest voices in music, law, technology and policy will convene to discuss how changes in media, broadband and copyright policy might impact the music/technology communities. You can’t afford to miss this!
Take advantage of an early bird registration price of $40 from now until December 31, 2008. read more
In touring news, Bird will be playing a short set at a pre-inaguration show at the Black Cat in Washington DC on January 19th. The name of the concert is Chicago Celebrates Change, and other Chicago musicians will be performing including Tortoise, Waco Brothers, Eleventh Dream Day, David “Honeyboy” Edwards with Michael Frank, Ken Vandermark, Jon Langford, Sally Timms, Freakwater, Icy Demons, and Judson Claiborne. Tickets are $50, with a portion of proceeds benefiting the Future of Music Coalition and the Chicago Public Schools marching bands program.
The potential impact of media and broadband policy and changes in federal copyright law on the music and technology communities will be explored and debated during the Future of Music Coalition?s second Policy Day. Slated for Wednesday, February 11, at National Geographic?s Grosvenor Auditorium in Washington, D.C.,
Join us in Washington, DC on Wednesday, February 11, 2009 for FMC’s second DC Policy Day. Scheduled just two weeks after the inauguration, this day-long event will bring a laser-beam focus on how media and broadband policy affect the music industry, and how changes in copyright law could impact music and technology communities. Panelists and speakers will represent leading stakeholders in the music/tech policy space, with a particular emphasis on individuals who are central to setting the agenda in 2009 and beyond. read more
It seems as if President-elect Barack Obama has ignored the suggestions of this column and its readers as far as including any Chicago artists in his actual swearing-in ceremony next month.
The best word for Chicago musicians so far? An enthusiastic group of politically active members of the underground music scene have announced that they’ll be holding a celebratory shindig of their own in Washington, D.C. on the eve of Barack Obama taking the oath of office.
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