As Nicole Daley, a policy intern with the Future of Music Coalition in Washington, DC, writes, Canadian musicians need a petition from an organization—usually a venue, booking agent or manager—to obtain this visa. The petition includes a list of places where the band or artist is scheduled to perform. But these petitions are processed by mail, and we all know how long that can take.
These stories speak to the current conflicted state of many artists’ relationship with technology — we sense the incredible potential of technology, and yet we also sense a failure to live up to that potential, because the technology and the supporting infrastructure isn’t really being built with all of us in mind. Discourse around technology possibilities for artists alternatively gravitates toward the utopic — tech will solve everything and bring about a democratized cultural landscape — and the dystopic — technology will ruin everything, dumb down our audiences, and steal our lunch money!
A coalition of progressive-leaning nonprofit groups says it’s gathered 300,000 signatures for a petition opposing Charter Communications’ (NASDAQ: CHTR) proposed takeovers of Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC) and Bright House Networks.
According to a statement released by Free Press, the groups also included ColorOfChange.org, Common Cause, Courage Campaign, Daily Kos, Demand Progress, Future of Music Coalition, National Hispanic Media Coalition, Open Media, presente.org and Public Knowledge.read more
It might not be the same kind of “open internet” issue the FCC had in mind, or tried to establish, in the net neutrality regulations last year, but “the test for the FCC might be: are they applying the cap to ALL data, or is discrimination happening,” notes Kevin Erickson, spokesperson for the Washington, DC-based Future of Music Coalition. “Granted, streaming video is the way most users would get to the point of that much data usage, but they may not be, technically. Obviously, Comcast would prefer for you to do your binge watching through their Xfinity platform, rather than through Netflix or other ‘over-the-top’ services.
Artists have always struggled to make ends meet, and more so since the drop in sales of physical product, i.e. CDS, cassettes, vinyl, and VHS music videos. A survey of the Future of Music Coalition claims musicians make, on average, $34K a year. Even if true, this figure does not take into account touring and recording expenses. And the business is not made up of the likes of Rihanna or Kenny Chesney who easily make more than $10M a year.
On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission will vote on a net neutrality plan that will ensure a free and open Internet for web users everywhere.
The plan, which was proposed by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler earlier this month, is the strongest net neutrality plan to date. Writing in Wired, Wheeler said that the proposal he put forth to the FCC board members “assures the rights of internet users to go where they want, when they want, and the rights of innovators to introduce new products without asking anyone’s permission.” read more
Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, The Internet, & Intellectual Property
Sunday, July 20, 2014
FMC has been closely monitoring the Subcommittee’s ongoing review of the Copyright Act, with special attention to musicians’ needs and perspectives. Here’s a chronology of events so far, with links to our coverage and commentary, along with video of the archived hearings.
We know you’ve come to expect FMC blog posts to be chock-a-block with the latest on music, tech and policy and not necessarily fundraising appeals… but we hope you’ll excuse the blog invasion this one time, because we need your help.
Hopefully you saw our appeal with the hearts and kittens. Cutesy stuff aside, FMC is on the front lines in the fight for artists. From access to audiences to free speech to info on health insurance options, we’re devoted to a brighter future for musicians. In the last six weeks alone, FMC has: read more
You know we’re all about musicians. (And cute kittens, obvs.)
We at FMC are hopelessly devoted to helping musicians have a voice in the issues that affect them. For more than a decade, FMC has been there for all artists great and small (and possibly even fuzzy). It warms our hearts to know you’re there for us, too. <3
With a monthly recurring donation of any amount you can help us keep on doing right by musicians. ‘Cause that’s what caring is all about. And why not make the love last all year? Your ongoing commitment helps us keep the good stuff going on behalf of musicians and songwriters everywhere. read more
We can’t believe it’s already December — where did 2011 go? As we get ready for travel, tree trimming and taking some much-needed R&R, we wanted to fill you in on what’s been happening here in DC and give you the opportunity to support FMC’s important work on behalf of musicians.