“We forget that copyright is a reflection of an underlying principle — that we the public enjoy and want to stimulate creativity. And we have to find a way of rewarding that creative work, or else [the artist] can’t afford to be creative and develop in their skills and so on.” — Peter Jenner read more
Attention Colorado readers (we know you’re out there)!
As you may know, FMC makes all of its events free for musicians. We also do our best to offer free musician access to the events we participate in. It’s all because we believe artist voices need to be heard in discussions about the future of music. Case in point: the upcoming National Performing Arts Convention, which takes place in Denver on June 10-14. If you’re a musician and would like to attend, you could be in luck, as FMC snagged a handful of free registrations for artists. read more
I know we’ve been posting about OK Go frontman Damian Kulash a lot lately, but we can’t help it — he keeps doing cool stuff!
This week, Damian appeared on New York Public Radio’s Soundcheck program, to talk about the importance of net neutrality to musicians. This is a super-important issue, particularly in election year. Sign up for for our Rock the Net campaign (if you haven’t already), and show your support for the cause. read more
In January 2008, Drew Glackin, an incredibly talented multi-instrumentalist and bassist for The Silos, died at 44 of an extremely treatable disease because, like so many working musicians, he couldn’t afford (or thought he couldn’t afford) health insurance. read more
WASHINGTON, DC â€” On March 11 and 12, Damian Kulash and Andy Ross — members of the band OK Go — met with members of Congress to discuss net neutrality. On Tuesday, March 12, Kulash delivered rousing testimony complete with audio-visual accompaniment before members of the House Judiciary Committee, including Chairman John Conyers (D-Mich). â€œIf people wonder whether the music industry will benefit from Net Neutrality they can look no further than us,” said Kulash. “There is a real consensus with us that Net Neutrality is good for music. I’m here to ask Congress today to preserve Net Neutrality and the future of the Internet.â€ read more
Thank you Mr. Chairman and Mr. Ranking Member, members of the task force ? thank you all for this opportunity to testify before you today on an issue so critical to the future of this country, the issue of Net Neutrality. I?m a rock singer, so I have some experience getting in front of people and speaking my mind, but to be honest, you guys aren?t really the demographic I?m used to dealing with. So this is very exciting for me.
It’s a real honor to be here. I’m a rock singer, so I’m used to speaking my mind in front of a mic, but to be honest, this isn’t the crowd I’m used to. The reason I’m here is because my band OK Go has had the good fortune to be one of the first to truly find success via the internet. I probably don’t need to tell you our story, because I’m assuming you’re the FloridaDeb23 and TechRick2000 that I always see on our message boards…but I do wanna show you a few of our videos to demonstrate how important an open internet is to musicians these days. read more
Trent Reznor?s Experiment, One Day Later
Following up a story we posted about a few days ago, Andrew Orlowski reports that Trent Reznor?s new Nine Inch Nails album is being downloaded furiously over BitTorrent, despite the low cost. Orlowski calculates that Reznor lost $160,000 in the first day from people refusing to pay $5 for the full album. He blames “freetards” who actively want to hurt the music business. But perhaps the problem is simply download speed: Reznor?s overloaded website downloads at 10 kb/s, while BitTorrent can be as fast as 500 kb/s. Perhaps that?s why many people are downloading the free version from BitTorrent instead of Reznor?s site?
Nine Inch Nails mastermind Trent Reznor released the band‘s (OK, his) new album this week in suitably experimental fashion. Theorizing that fans would be willing to pay extra for additional content, Reznor made the record, Ghosts I-IV, available in several varieties via his website. read more
OK Go’s Damian Kulash is one committed musician-activist. Not only does he keep up to speed on important issues like net neutrality, he’s also deeply concerned for New Orleans residents still struggling to put their lives back together after Hurricane Katrina.
Damian is a veteran of FMC’s Artist Activism Camp, which brings together musicians to talk about the best ways to engage in positive social change. These yearly events culminate in an all-star benefit concert for NOLA musicians like Al "Carnival Time" Johnson, who lost everything in the storm. read more