On Friday, March 10, 2017, news broke that a band called Soviet Soviet had been barred from entering the US and forced to fly back home, cancelling a US tour that included Austin’s SXSW festival. In the wake of recent controversy about language in SXSW’s performance agreement, the news created a flurry of outrage and panic, and quite a bit of misunderstanding. Here’s our attempt to answer all your questions:
One week before thousands of music/film/technology fans descend on Austin for the annual SXSW festival, controversy has erupted over provisions in the performance agreement required of all artists. On Thursday afternoon, musician Felix Walworth of the band Told Slanttweeted a screenshot of contractual language and the caption, “After looking through this contract sent to me by sxsw I have decided to cancel Told Slant’s performance at the festival.”
Walworth’s tweet quickly went viral, and since then, media outlets picked up the story, and an array of musicians (including some good friends of FMC) escalated the pressure with an open letter demanding that this language be dropped.
We’re still trying to make sense of this story, but here’s some questions and answers.
SXSW is here again, and as usual, Future of Music Coalition staff and board are well represented at America’s biggest music conference. Amidst the BBQ, margaritas, and awesome music, we encourage you to make time to check out these can’t-miss panels and sessions featuring your favorite FMC superheroes.
South By Southwest is here again, and as usual, Future of Music Coalition’s staff and board members are well represented at the industry’s biggest annual conference. Among all the breakfast tacos, margaritas, and above all, awesome music, we encourage you to make some time to check out these can’t-miss panels and sessions where FMC staff and board members will be speaking.
Even though summer is still in full swing, we’re already looking ahead to 2015 and our annual springtime sojourn to Austin for the South By Southwest annual music, film, and interactive conference. It’s always a jam-packed week of great music and important conversations, and we’re excited to be part of the action once again.
Every year, SXSW offers the public a chance to weigh in on the kinds of programming choices they’d like to see at the conference through their PanelPicker online tool. There’s a lot of great proposals to choose from; below, we’ve got a handful of panel proposals for which you might consider casting a vote.
South by Southwest 2014 is just around the corner, and as always FMC will be well-represented at the event with collaborations, presentations and of course, rocking out! The team will be all over the music festival and some of the interactive festival. FMC staff, boards and buds will cover pretty much every aspect of today’s music biz on panels, presentations, meet ups and even a film.
Wondering where you can catch up with FMC in Austin? Here’s a list of events and panels of particular interest:
Get expert advice on health-care issues with Hannah Byam (Events & Special Projects at FMC) and other professionals at “Artists and the Affordable Care Act: Get Answers, Get Covered,” a drop-in workshop focusing insurance and health care for musicans on Thursday, March 13th from 3:30-6.
Interim Executive Director, Casey Rae will moderate a panel exploring the latest approaches to copyright protection online. “New Adventures in Copyright Enforcement” takes place on Friday, March 14th from 2-3:30.
… and if you’re headed to SXSW Film, you can see our Director of Programs Jean Cook performing in the music-film, Pulp, on Wednesday, March 12th at 7 pm.
It’s that time of year again! South by Southwest 2014 is just a few weeks away and FMC is ready to rock it. If you’re in Austin at SXSW anytime from March 8-16, be sure to track us down:
Michael Bracy mbracy [at] btbv [dot] com
Hannah Byam hannah [at] futureofmusic [dot] org
Jean Cook jean [at] futureofmusic [dot] org
Alex Maiolo alex [at] futureofmusic [dot] org
Casey Rae casey [at] futureofmusic [dot] org read more
Music and government may not seem like they have much in common. But four panelists did their best to convince an audience at SXSW that they were, in fact, hopelessly intertwined.
“These issues are breathtakingly complicated,” said the panel’s moderator, Michael Bracy, policy director at the Future of Music Coalition. “How do you build a regulatory structure for a market that is changing so rapidly?” read more
Future of Music Coalition is well-represented this week in Austin at the annual SXSW Music Conference. Of particular note:
Michael Bracy will be hosting an official panel called “Navigating Washington in 2013” featuring FCC Commisioner Jessica Rosenworcel. The panel takes place at 5 pm on Wednesday. This is an exciting opportunity for SXSW attendees to connect with influential policymakers and get an inside view of how the policies that impact musicians are made.
Jean Cook will join Brian Zisk as a panelist on the topic of “Fair Play: Music Startups and Artists” on Tuesday at 5.
We’ll also be helping Brown Paper Tickets kick off their “Make Radio Challenge” with tacos, bloody marys, and some amazing artists and activists talking about the awesome opportunities offered by Low Power FM, starting at 11 AM on Tuesday.
And if you’d like to just meet up with FMC staff for drinks, Michael Bracy & Jean Cook will be hanging out at Ginger Man Thursday evening (with music curated by Jon Langford). Read on for the full schedule of appearances by FMC Staff, Board, and Advisory Board members!