Almost two weeks ago Sohrab went to DC performing at The October Revolution in Jazz event at Union Arts curated by Luke Stewart and attending the two days 14th Future of Music Policy Summit at Georgetown University. Future of Music Coalition (FMC) is a U.S. 501(c)(3) national non-profit organization specializing in education, research and advocacy for musicians with a focus on issues at the intersection of music technology, policy and law.
It wasn’t more than five years ago that, if you were in a coffee shop or a clothing boutique and you heard a catchy tune, you might need to ask a barista or — OMG — a stranger for the name of the artist or the album. Then along came mobile apps like Shazam and SoundHound that magically identify the music that is being played. Recently, these two music discovery apps have upped their game by not only identifying the song and displaying the album artwork, but also showing lyrics, videos and bios, as well as any tour dates in your area. read more
It looks as though the FCC is favoring a hybrid approach to net neutrality.
Four days ago, FCC commissioner Mignon Clyburn delivered remarks to the Future of Music Coalition Policy Summit, held at Georgetown University in D.C. Clyburn said that the FCC looks to be “a ‘facilitator of opportunities,’ and a ‘connector of the disconnected,’” continuing to say they want to be “a strong advocate for free enterprise and robust competition. I support allowing markets the chance to solve problems, while remaining focused on the consumer.” Clyburn’s remarks seemed to indicate the FCC’s move towards a hybrid solution to the debate, repeatedly stressing the importance of an agnostic approach to consumer data, while “promoting competition” between companies. read more
It’s a strong statement to call your coalition The Future of Music, but the topics discussed at their yearly policy summit impact how musicians, music fans, and music industry types can work together to make the future of, well, music a little more promising. Of course, there are significant systematic issues that keep everyone in the industry from proper compensation. Figure that out, and you save the future of music.
Here’s my Twitter timeline from Day 2 of The Future of Music Policy Summit. (Click here for collected tweets from Day 1.) After attending this event, I think I’m a little more informed on what musicians need to know about music business, law, and policy — or at least, I now know what I don’t know, and have a better idea of how to learn more. That’s a very valuable thing!
The Future of Music Policy Summit was so packed with vital info and memorable quotes — I tweeted my thumbs off and still didn’t capture all of it! My Twitter timeline from Day 1, below, gives a flavor of what was covered.
“As a federal regulator, I see myself as a champion of the voiceless.” So said FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, speaking to and about musicians at a policy gathering this week held by the Future of Music Coalition in Washington.