Arcade Fire. Magnetic Fields. Neutral Milk Hotel. Bands like these have helped define the adventurous spirit of independent music. But where would they be without the help of their independent label, Merge Records? The Durham, North Carolina-based label is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year with special events and reissues of classic albums from its back catalog. Now there’s another reason to celebrate: Future of Music Coalition will be honoring Merge at our 2014 Future of Music Honors event on Monday October 27.
Don't miss Mac at the 2009 Future of Music Policy Summit (Oct. 4-6, Georgetown University Washington, DC)!We at Future of Music Coalition are huge fans of Mac McCaughan, and not just because he's a member of indie-rock stalwarts Superchunk and Portastatic. And not only due to the fact that he co-founded in 1989 one of the most influential and forward-looking independent record labels around, Merge Records. And not simply because Mac is an all-around awesome dude (which he is). read more
Yesterday’s Senate Commerce Committee hearings on “The Future of Radio” covered a surprising amount of ground — everything from media ownership, to localism, to webcasting royalties. In fact, there’s so much to talk about that we’ve created two blog posts. (This is the second!)
Senators aside, the hearing had some real star power in the form of witness Mac McCaughan — longtime rocker and co-founder of Merge Records. (You know, the 20 year-old North Carolina label with acts like Arcade Fire and Spoon?) McCaughan spoke clearly and eloquently about how non-commercial broadcasting in its many forms has made a major difference not just on his business, but also in his personal development. read more
On Wednesday, October 24 — that’s tomorrow, people — the Senate Commerce Committee is holding a hearing on "The Future of Radio" during which "Committee Members will assess the state of innovation and competition in the radio market."
Mac McCaughan, musician and co-owner of indie label Merge Records has been invited to testify, along with Tim Westergren from Pandora and folks from National Public Radio, Withers Broadcasting, Free Press and the National Federation of Community Broadcasters.
The hearing starts at 10 AMET and is being held in Russell Building 253. The committee also offers a live webcast, which you can access as the hearing starts at: http://commerce.senate.gov/ read more