The first show in the series, “level up, ppl,” took place on November 19, 2008, and was a smashing success. Off-the-hook sets from tU PHace, The New Age and Black Landlord drove the capacity crowd to spontaneous acts of breakdancing. An engaging discussion about net neutrality featuring FMC’s Kristin Thomson, producer Taj Walton (Wyclef Jean, Fugees and Boyz II Men), music biz lawyer and Mad Dragon Records CEO Marcy Rauer Wagman, Geoff DiMasi of P’unk Ave and Will Lewis of Big Bloc Booking highlighted the importance of open internet structures to musicians. Check out the photos and webcast archives. read more
On November 19, FMC and realizePhiladelphia — an advocacy group that promotes social causes through musical and educational events — will host the first installment of web.illish.us, a multi-faceted event that raises awareness about net neutrality. The debut installment is called “level, up, ppl,” and features music from Black Landlord, Tuphace and The New Age. Speakers include FMC’s Education Director Kristin Thomson, entertainment attorney and Drexel Music Industry Program Director Marcy Rauer Wagman, studio producer/engineer Robert Taj Walton (Fugees, Boyz 2 Men, Wyclef Jean), William Lewis of Big Bloc Entertainment and Geoff DiMasi of P’unk Avenue. read more
Not too long ago, we told you about web.illish.us — a series of multi-faceted music and entertainment events that take place at Silk City in Philadelphia on the third Wednesday of the month from November 19, 2008 until February 18, 2009. FMC recently had the opportunity to speak with realizePhiladelphia’s Dejha Mascellino and Drew Kramer about how they came up with the web.illish.us concept, what people can expect from the events, and why the open internet is important to them. read more
Here’s the third part of our series on Net Neutrality and Urban Music, written by hip-hop journalist Eric K. Arnold. The article offers an in-depth look at what the open internet means to the urban music community.
Network neutrality has been a big issue this year in Washington. If neutrality were to disappear, independent musicians would be among the most effected, according to the Future of Music Collation. In order to reach out to the musicians who stand to loose the most, the FMC formed Rock the Net, a program that specifically deals with educating the musical community about net neutrality issues. ?For independent musicians, [net neutrality] is absolutely crucial,? said Casey Rae-Hunter, communications director for Rock the Net.
Not long ago, FMC asked journalist Eric K. Arnold to write an article about net neutrality and the urban music community. (Eric previously wrote about the impact of media consolidation on urban music; check out that piece here.)
We weren’t sure if the hip-hop world was familiar with net neutrality, but figured there might be a connection between the scene’s entrepreneurial, anti-censorship spirit and the open internet — which allows free expression and gives everyone the same level of access, whether they’re a huge company or a bedroom beat-maker. read more
Hip-hop has always been about getting the word out, by any means necessary. In the past this meant dealing with all kinds of intermediaries â€” those gatekeepers at major labels, radio stations, video outlets and magazines who decide which talent rises from the streets to the mainstream. With the Internet, todayâ€™s hip-hop artists are taking the hustle into their own hands, finding new ways to connect their words and rhymes with potential audiences without interference or censorship.
This way of digital life might not last forever. Powerful companies that provide your Internet hookup (Internet Service Providers, or ISPs) are looking to alter the fundamental way the web works, by deciding the wheres, whos and hows of information exchange.Thatâ€™s why public interest groups, technology experts, innovators and creative types are fighting to preserve net neutrality â€” the principle that protects the open internet.
In this article, hip-hop journalist Eric Arnold reports on net neutrality’s effect on the hip-hop community. read more
We at Future of Music Coalition recognize the difficulty of explaining complicated issues in plain language, but we do our best. Right now, a huge concern is net neutrality, which also happens to be kinda tricky to articulate. Luckily, we’ve had some practice!
Our Rock the Net website offers an excellent primer on why net neutrality should matter to the music community. In a nutshell, net neutrality protects the open internet, and allows all artists to promote and distribute their music online without undue interference from gatekeepers or middlemen. The internet is THE tool for the modern musician to connect with fans, and it shouldn’t be controlled by a few ISPs looking to maximize profits. read more