The FMC team gets very excited for SXSW Music Festival each year — Austin Texas rules, and we don’t get enough chances to hang out there. For the past couple of editions of SXSW, the conference dabbled in crowdsourcing programming ideas with it’s Panel Picker, and just like last year, FMC is throwing its hat into the ring with what we think are some killer panel proposals. As of Monday, August 15 at 3 pm, YOU can vote for your favorite ideas (and ours, while you’re at it). read more
We recently came across three articles aiming to put into perspective how musicians can earn a living through music. Unsuprisingly, there are differing opinions about whether some of the activities listed are valid or preferable ways to make money (don’t worry — holding up a liquor store is not one of them). read more
It’s that time of year again! South By South West 2011 is around the corner andFMCis ready for, um,WINNING. If you’re atSXSWthrough March 15-20, be sure to track us down.
We’ll be all over the music portion of the Austin,TXevent, with public talks, presentations and rock shows galore. The following is a batch of noteworthySXSW’11 panels, where FMCstaff, boards and buds will cover pretty much every aspect of today’s music biz. And speaking of music,FMC’s very own Jean Cook will once again be performing with any number of bands throughout the festival. Catch her if you can!
It’s that time of year again! South By SouthWest 2011 is around the corner and FMC is ready for, um, WINNING. If you’re at SXSW through March 15-20, be sure to track us down:
Michael Bracy bracy [at] btbv [dot] com
Jean Cook jean [at] futureofmusic [dot] org
Alex Maiolo alex [at] futureofmusic [dot] org
Chris Naoum chris [at] futureofmusic [dot] org
Casey Rae-Hunter casey [at] futureofmusic [dot] org
Kristin Thomson kristin [at] futureofmusic [dot] org read more
You may have heard that Big Star leader Alex Chilton passed away on March 17 — a few days before a scheduled appearance at SXSW in Austin, Texas.
Chilton was the premier architect of a musical style that came to be known as "power-pop," and his work with Big Star influenced tons of acts, from Cheap Trick to R.E.M. to the Replacements to Wilco. Though the band didn't sell a ton of records when they were originally together, they left an indelible mark on rock 'n' roll, and their legacy looms large over pretty much anyone with a guitar and half a sense of melody. (Chilton had a whole sense. And then some.) read more
It's day two of the music portion of SXSW. Here's our hot picks for panels today:
12:30 PM Does Rock and Roll Belong in a Museum? LA Times pop critic – and FMC advisory board member - Ann Powers will be joined by Jim Henke, Lauren Onkey and rocker Lenny Kaye.
02:00 PM Mentor Session 3 Sign up for a consultation with FMC's Alex Maiolo. *Alex is in Austin all week and is interested in meeting with managers, label folks, nonprofit organizations, even full bands, to talk generally about health insurance. Set up a meeting by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. read more
It’s that time of year again. No, not spring (although DC has finally warmed up a bit). We’re talking South By Southwest season — when artists, music biz-types and fans of all stripes converge on Austin, Texas for a week of live music, focused conversation and general debauchery. FMC is gathering up our SXSW survival gear; maybe we’ll even see you there. But that’s not all we’re up to — read on for the details.
Taking the Pulse: Musicians and Health Insurance survey
Catch FMC at SXSW!
Musicians Bringing Musicians Home VI: benefit for New Orleans artists
Super-ultra-final last chance to plug in on net neutrality at the FCC!
If I Ruled the Blogosphere: Hip-Hop Blogs & Social Change panel in DC
Erin McKeown on the Public Performance Right
Reminder: Brian Zisk’s Future of Money conference & SanFran MusicTech summit
First up, we’d like to thank all of you who have taken the time to write a comment in the FCC’s Open Internet proceedings. And guess what? The Commission actually pushed back the submissions deadline for reply comments to April 8, so if you you haven’t yet filed, you can use our musician/fan/indie label-friendly comments tool to do so.
As we love reminding you all, keeping the internet open as a platform for everyone — musicians included — is one of the major policy issues of our time. By filing a comment, you can be a part of this historic proceeding. read more