Victories

2001: FMC publishes Major Label Contract Clause Critique
2001: FMC heralds SoundExchange’s establishment, calling for equal artist representation on its board and direct and simultaneous payments to record labels and recording artists
2002: FMC’s radio consolidation report has meaningful impact on FCC’s decision to reject further radio deregulation
2002: FMC’s suggestions adopted for multi-tiered licensing structure for webcasting & Webcaster Settlement Act
2002: FMC conducts first survey of US musicians and health insurance
2003: FMC publishes an iTunes explainer for musicians
2003: FMC organizes volunteers to read and classify nearly 10,000 public comments filed at FCC, leading to discovery of nearly unanimous public sentiment against additional radio consolidation
2004: FMC partners with Pew Internet and American Life to study musicians and the internet
2005: FMC launches HINT — the Health Insurance Navigation Tool — to give musicians personalized advice about their health insurance options, for free
2005: In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, FMC and Air Traffic Control convene the first of many Artist Activism Retreats in New Orleans
2006: FMC publishes second radio ownership study, which encourages FCC to again hold the line on ownership consolidation
2006 & 2007: Worked with both the FCC and NY Attorney General Spitzer to help them understand how the practice of payola was hurting musicians and recommend safeguards against these practices, which were incorporated into the NY and FCC Payola Settlements
2007: FMC launches Rock The Net campaign, organizing musicians to support network neutrality
2007: FMC publishes first New Business Models in Music comparison of various sales and streaming platforms
2008: Creative License released, providing a rich history of sampling and a clear-headed analysis of its legal framework
2009: FMC publishes two data-driven analyses of effect of the 2007 FCC consent decrees on commercial radio airplay
2010: As Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act Passes, FMC coordinates a task force of artist and advocacy organizations to consolidate resources, a helpline, and workshops for musicians looking to get insured
2010: Local Community Radio Act passes, resulting in hundreds of new LPFM stations
2010: Fought for free speech filing amicus brief with Supreme Court in Brown v EMA, pushing back against overly broad content restrictions for content distributed online
2011: Successfully Defended Corporation for Public Broadcasting funding (for noncomm radio)
2011: Artist Revenue Streams Project documents US Musician Income for the first time
2011: FMC publishes 42 Revenue Streams, a comprehensive and frequently-referenced list of all the ways US based musicians can make money from their compositions, performances, sound recordings, brand, or knowledge of the craft.
2011: In the third amicus brief to the Supreme Court on this topic, FMC argues again against FCC’s vague and arbitrary indecency standards, this time as part of the Fox vs FCC proceedings
2013: Conducts artists and health insurance survey, gathering benchmark data about artists’ access to health insurance prior to the opening of the health insurance exchanges
2013: FMC publishes the first detailed Music and How The Money Flows Infographic
2014: FMC launches the Money and Music online quizzes
2015: FCC Adopts Title II Reclassification on Net Neutrality
2015: FCC rejects further ownership consolidation,
2016: BOTS Act passed in Congress, cracking down on ticket-scalping bots