Today’s post is by Future of Music Coalition’s Alex Maiolo, project manager for our Health Insurance Navigation Tool (HINT) program. Alex is also a musician based in North Carolina. Photo credit: Olivia Hjermitslev.]
Ever been to a show that just completely blew you away on all levels? I just attended one. Even better, I got to perform at it.
On Friday, May 28, The Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro, North Carolina hosted “Thank You Friend: A Tribute To Alex Chilton.” Local musicians from the area’s legendary scene hit the stage at 8pm, playing ten-minute sets(!!) up ’til 11:30 to remember Chilton’s music and raise money for Future of Music Coalition’s Health Insurance Navigation Tool (HINT) project. I’m always proud to represent HINT on behalf of FMC. And I was equally delighted to take part in honoring Chilton, one of my all-time favorite artists whose work with Big Star influenced more musicians than you can shake a Telecaster at, myself included.
A recent development in the Live Nation antitrust saga hits close to home for those living here in the District of Columbia (that's Washington, folks). I.M.P. Inc., an independent DC/Maryland concert promotion and event production company, recently filed an antitrust suit against Live Nation. Owned by Seth Hurwitz and Rich Heinecke, I.M.P. Inc., operates the famous 9:30 Club in Washington, DC and Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland. read more
Although many independent and mainstream music stores have closed over the years due to a decline in CD sales and general economic turbulence, there are those shops that have dug in their heels in the face of an increasingly technology-driven music industry. These survivors took part in the second annual Record Store Day, held this past Saturday (April 18) in stores all across the nation. read more
Today’s blog post was co-authored by FMC intern Daniel Eno, based on a bit of pondering by FMC Events Organizer Chhaya Kapadia.
Do you ever get nostalgic about cruising the racks at your local record store? Do you ever feel that, while it may be infinitely more convenient and even a couple dollars cheaper to buy an album off of iTunes, it’s nice to know your purchase helped keep your neighborhood shop up and running? What if you could combine the convenience of online purchasing with that warm feeling you get from supporting your local music-slingers? read more
The Future of Music Coalition hopes the upcoming Obama administration will prioritize music industry reform, particularly as it involves corporate interests. The FMC points out that as the internet loosens music?s geographical ties, radio stations should be run by program directors and DJs who live in the communities where they broadcast. It also says Austin and Seattle have shown how an emphasis on local music can boost a city?s economy.