WASHINGTON, DC – Future of Music Coalition continues its pursuit of equitable structures for musicians with the release of the Principles for Musician Compensation in New Business Models (or “Artist Principles”) — a set of broad guidelines outlining best practices for ensuring creator compensation in an evolving music landscape. Crafted by artist advocate Ann Chaitovitz with input from industry experts, the principles offer a clear framework for those looking to utilize musicians’ creative works in the pursuit of new business models.
Legitimate digital business models and legitimate digital music marketplaces are critical to musicians’ ability to promote, distribute and earn compensation for their music. Recently, a number of new models have been proposed that would compensate copyright owners through indirect means: shares of ad revenue, fees on physical devices or broadband access, or equity stakes in a company, for example. We encourage such talks and experimentation. However, the needs of those who actually create the music — the performers and songwriters — cannot be overlooked in any discussions between corporate content owners and the businesses that use the music.
FMC believes that any new business models should embrace the following principles: read more
Legitimate digital business models and legitimate digital music marketplaces are critical to musicians’ ability to promote, distribute and earn compensation for their music. This document translates the Principles for Artist Compensation in New Business Models.
Legitimate digital business models and legitimate digital music marketplaces are critical to musicians’ ability to promote, distribute and earn compensation for their music. read more
In late 2008, it was reported that the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) was working with Internet Service Providers (the folks that make your internet go) on a new strategy to combat the unauthorized sharing of copyrighted material. Instead of suing individual infringers, the RIAA said it would focus on a "graduated response" to unauthorized uses. read more
Online Music Retailers Slashing Prices
The Boston Globe has a solid piece on the recent trend in falling prices for online music. Services like Amazon MP3 have been aggressively cutting prices, including a $3.99 deal last week for U2's "No Line on the Horizon," with some other album (not track) prices as low as 99 cents. AppScout.comread more
FMC pal Charles McEnerney of Well-Rounded Radio (a very cool podcast site that conducts interviews and connects listeners to what’s happening outside of mainstream music) recently spoke with Jeff Price, founder/CEO of TuneCore — a service that allows musicians to distribute their music to all the online retailers and on-demand streaming sites such as iTunes, Amazon MP3, eMusic, Rhapsody, Lala and Napster.
On January 9-13, 2009, FMC partnered with the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) and FTM Arts Law for the annual APAP conference. 2009’s event, “Conscious Connections,” took place at the Sheraton and Hilton Hotels in New York City.
The three sessions FMC participated in looked at the basics of copyright, contracts and royalties, a best practices discussion/support group for folks who have encountered royalties and copyright issues in their presenting/producing work, and a policy update on where the copyright landscape is headed. read more
On September 23, songwriters, publishers, record labels and digital music services announced they had reached an agreement on mechanical royalties for songs played on online music services.
Called a “breakthrough that will facilitate new ways to offer music to consumers online,” the voluntary agreement crafted by the Digital Media Association (DiMA), the National Music Publishers— Association (NMPA), the RIAA, the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) and the Songwriters Guild of America (SGA) ended a longstanding dispute about mechanical royalties for interactive streaming and limited downloads. read more
Today’s music landscape is filled with both excitement and foreboding. With so many new technologies and ways to promote and distribute music, how do performers, composers, songwriters and independent labels know how to participate, who to trust, and what is most effective?
FMC and The Public Theater and other musician organizations presented our sixth “What’s the Future for Musicians?” educational event, this one in New York City on October 6, 2008. read more
Yesterday, Washington, D.C.’s Channel 9 talked to FMC Executive Director Ann Chaitovitz about the launch of MySpace Music — which lets users listen to pretty much the entire catalogs of the major labels, create playlists and share the tunes with their friends. Supported by advertising, the music is free to stream on-demand for anyone with a MySpace account. If you want to purchase any of the tracks to play outside of MySpace, you get rerouted to the Amazon MP3 store. read more