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
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
OK, we know it's been a while since we've talked about net neutrality. But we figured you could use a break. Not that it's not still relevant -- actually, the reason we've blogged about the issue so much in the past is because net neutrality -- the principle that protects the open internet -- is crucial to artists and fans. Today's musicians depend on the web to reach potential audiences without the interference of gatekeepers, toll collectors and middlemen -- which could change if net neutrality goes away. read more
For those of you who were there, you already know that Threads and Cred — last week’s final web.illish.us event at Silk City in Philly — was one kick-ass party. For those of you who weren’t there, here’s a brief run-down on what you missed (You can also watch the video archive from the live webcast at web.illish.us).
The jam-packed event saw local fans ready to hear a bracing mix of hip-hop, jazz rock and instrumental fusion. From the mysterious mood lighting to DJ Dirty South Joe’s between-set mix, it was obvious from the start that Threads and Cred was going to be a memorable (and musically diverse) occasion. read more