Sometimes, the internet just seems like a bunch of yelling. Then you discover a new artist or make a connection with a fan and it all makes sense. And it’s not just online—if you’re lucky enough to have a great local radio station, then you know how powerful even old-school technology can be when it comes to falling in love with music all over again.
So why is everyone so doom-and-gloom? Well, if you don’t have a sense of the challenges in today’s creative marketplace, you haven’t talked to a musician. But instead of retreating to our respective corners and waiting for the sky to fall, we think that it’s time to come together. read more
WASHINGTON, D.C.— There were moments Tuesday during the annual Future of Music Summit where the conversation about revenue in the digital music industry sounded like a scrum over crumbs, a desperate fight over an increasingly shrinking pie.
“There is so much competition for so much music, and it’s all so devalued,” said one exasperated music entrepreneur, Rodney Whittenberg. He was one of hundreds of musicians, executives, attorneys, policy makers and journalists who attended the conference, presented by the advocacy group the Future of Music Coalition. […]
[…]When it comes to an issues as complex and contentious as copyright, artist compensation, and fair business, maybe real clarity was simply too tall an order. A panel with four intelligent and strongly-opinionated players whose top goal is to advocate their position (and not necessarily educate an audience) arguing for 40 minutes was doomed to (as they say) generate more heat than light.
Truly the Future of Music Coalition put together a great panel of speakers (as well as a truly terrific day of content). Unfortunately, as it goes with issues like this, it’s arguable whether any audience member was able to come away with a cooler or clearer head.[…]
On Tuesday, November 13, 2012, FMC will host its 11th Future of Music Summit in Washington, DC. Our ELEVENTH! As always, the event will tackle the emerging issues at the intersection of music, technology, law and policy. Our goal is to bring together stakeholders with different – even opposing – views, so we can dissect and discuss complicated topics, giving musicians a clearer sense of the issues, the players, and how decisions made by policymakers in Washington, DC might affect their livelihood. read more
The Future of Music Summit 2012 is less than two weeks away! While the event is currently at capacity for in-person attendance, there’s no need to worry…the entire schedule of panels and conversations will be streamed online for you to watch from anywhere. Sign up to get a reminder email the morning of the Summit!
Don’t let the distance stop you from participating - join the conversation online by using the hashtag “#FMC12,” or organize your own local viewing party. We’ve put together some helpful tools to make it easy to host an event in your own home. Visit our resources page to find viewing party checklists and customizable flyers you can use to prepare your own event. Get together with your friends, colleagues or community to talk music, tech and policy with FMC.