When think of classical music listeners, you might not picture web-savvy youth firing off blog posts about the great recital they just attended, or flitting through social networks to interact with their favorite contemporary ensemble. But according to Sidney Chen, Artistic Administrator of the avant-classical ensemble Kronos Quartet, all that and more is currently happening online, thanks to a cool little concept called net neutrality.
In this article, FMC’s Jean Cook and Casey Rae-Hunter talk to Sidney Chen about the importance of net neutrality for the Kronos Quartet, which depends on the Internet to reach potential audiences. â€œOur projects donâ€™t normally fit neatly into genres,â€ Chen says. â€œThe Internet allows us to reach those people who arenâ€™t reliant solely on mainstream media and other information gatekeepers.â€ read more
Post by Policy Intern Juan Carlos Melendez-Torres and Casey Rae
T-Mobile markets itself as a great liberator within the mobile phone industry through its “UnCarrier” initiatives. But is the company really all that different from other powerful carriers and Internet Service Providers?
On June 18, T-Mobile announced UnCarrier 6.0, which includes new “partnerships” with streaming services such as Pandora, Spotify, iTunes Radio, iHeartRadio, Slacker, Rhapsody and Milk Music. Under the UnCarrier 6.0 provisions, T-Mobile will not count music streamed on the aforementioned services against their subscribers’ data caps. Using any other online music service—say, Bandcamp or Noisetrade—will result in slowed speeds and potentially, overages.
As musicians, we know that the internet is awesome. And challenging. And hilarious. And sometimes even infuriating. We also know that, despite its complexities, the internet remains a profoundly powerful way to connect with fans and pursue our creative ambitions.
Imagine what it would be like if just a couple of companies where able to determine how, where and under what conditions you reached audiences. Imagine having to ask permission to sell merch, route a tour or even access the online tools you need to make an impact as an artist.
But not musicians like us. That’s why thousands of artists and independent labels have demonstrated support for a level online playing field where creative expression and entrepreneurism is available to everyone—not just the biggest companies.
We’re super-psyched that one of our favorite musicians, multi-instrumentalist/singer-songwriter Erin McKeown is taking her support of the open itnernet on the road! One show in the Windy City (also known as Chicago) promises to be particularly exciting.
Erin is currently touring to commemorate the10th anniversary of her debut, Distillation, and has chosen Chicago as the location for a live webcast from Lincoln Hall on October 20 at 9 p.m. EST. Get your virtual tickets right here. read more
On October 12, 2010, Future of Music Coalition filed another comment in the FCC’s docket on Preserving an Open Internet. In this phase, the Commission sought comment on issure relating to “managed services” — instances where prioritization of one kind of internet traffic over another would be permitted — and whether the nondiscrimination principle in net neutrality should apply to mobile (or wireless) broadband access.
Join us in New York for this year’s CMJ Music Marathon. FMC has organized two kick-ass panels on Thursday, October 21 that will cover a huge range of music/tech/policy issues . Want to hear the latest about how telecommunications policy is affecting musicians’ access to the marketplace? Check out Casey’s panel at 11 AM. Want to place your bets and spin the policy wheel of fortune? Stop by Kristin’s panel at 2 PM. Guaranteed winnings for all.
Controlling the Pipeline; Net Neutrality and The Level of Access
Thursday, October 21, 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
NYU Kimmel Center, 4th floor, room 405 read more
Over the past decade, we’ve been blown away by the energy and enthusiasm of musicians who take time out of their busy schedules to talk about issues that not only affect them, but the entire music community. read more
On January 14, 2010, a broad array of independent creator organizations, including Future of Music Coalition, filed comments in the FCC’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Preserving an Open Internet. The comments demonstrated the need for enforceable net neutrality rules to ensure that all creators — regardless of size, affiliation or category — can compete in a legitimate digital marketplace.
The FCC sought public input on draft rules that would codify and supplement existing principles to safeguard the Internet?s openness. This process is intended to secure and protect the many economic and social benefits of the open Internet by preventing anyone from restricting the free flow of lawful content and applications online.
According to the FCC, the goal of the proceeding is to adopt ?clear, enforceable, common sense rules of the road? meant to keep the door open for continued innovation online, while allowing users access to the broad range of ideas and services today?s internet provides.
The groups submitting comments described how the cultural sector is using the open internet to forge the future for entertainment and creative expression.
Co-signers include American Composers Forum, American Music Center, Center for Creative Voices in Media, Film Independent, Fractured Atlas, Future of Music Coalition, International Documentary Association, International Music Manager?s Forum, Just Plain Folks, Meet the Composer, Nacional Records, National Alliance for Media Art and Culture, and Writers Guild of America West. read more
In October 2009, the Federal Communications Commission announced that it was accepting public comments on a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) about Network Neutrality and the Open Internet.
The FCC is seeking public input on draft rules that would codify and supplement existing principles to safeguard the Internet’s openness. This process is intended to secure and protect the many economic and social benefits of the open Internet by preventing anyone from restricting the free flow of lawful content and applications online. read more
We at FMC are always psyched when we hear about artists making DIY work for them. Although you can't paint with one brush when it comes to musicians -- many have wonderful relationships with their labels -- it's clear that today's performers don't need big-time backing to make a record and get it out there. And they're also getting way creative with marketing, as we point out in our recent post about Josh Freese and Jill Sobule. read more