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. read more
This past Wednesday marked the Future of Music Coalition?s third annual Policy Day, which brought together music policy wonks with an array of music industry professionals including artists, entrepreneurs, and independent label heads to discuss a multitude of legal and technological issues ? some incredibly arcane?facing our ailing industry.
?The goal of Policy Day 2009 was to take advantage of the curiosity and interest generated by the recent changes in the policy landscape,? said FMC spokesperson Casey Rae-Hunter, ?and to examine what these changes might mean for musicians, artist advocates, fans, entrepreneurs, industry professionals and policymakers.?
WASHINGTON—With a new administration and a Democratic Congress, now is the time to overhaul copyright law, advocates for reform said Wednesday—but the complex nature of the issue makes copyright legislation nearly as unrealistic as ever.Representatives of songwriters and the recording industry faced off against open Internet advocates at the Future of Music Coalition’s Policy Day here in Washington, demonstrating the entrenched divisions that remain within Democratic constituencies over copyright issues.
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.