FMC’s Kristin Thomson sits down with Kevin Arnold of IODA – the Independent Online Distribution Alliance – a digital distributor for the 21st century looking to help independent labels and bands make their music available for sale through the various and ever-expanding field of digital music stores. read more
June turned out to be quite a busy and productive month for FMC, with
continued work on media ownership issues, a trip out to Apple’s
campus for an iTunes seminar, and an important settlement in the webcasting
world. We get down to details below.
An “FMC Classic” article from June 2003 that summarizes the benefits and challenges of the iTunes Music Store when it was first launched and made available for independent labels and artists. read more
In the words of Phil Collins: "I can feel it coming in the air tonight…Hold On!"
Or better stated, in the words of Patti Smith: "The
people have the power."
A good friend of FMC — John Nichols — once said, “The
civil rights movement didn’t start in the 60s.” In other words,
there were good people in America fighting segregation and racism for
years and years and years before they finally reached the historic moment
when a national movement came together and change was possible. This change
didn’t happen by accident. It was the cumulative result of years of preparation,
education and organizing which finally came to full flower as a bus boycott
that captured the imagination of a country.
Things never seem to slow down at the FMC.
With the media deregulation issues still on the front burners, we’ve been
submitting testimony, preparing documents and participating in a variety
of events, including the FCC hearing in Richmond, VA, the upcoming hearing
in Seattle and events at South by Southwest. There are lots of details
about the importance of these efforts to musicians and citizens below,
so read on!
Thanks for tuning in, and for hanging tight. As usual, we’ve been
hard at work on many fronts since we last wrote – organizing events,
writing, drafting responses to FCC rules, engaging with the low power
radio community, learning more about digital distribution services, and
grantwriting. We thank everyone who wrote sent us feedback about newsletter
#27 – we’re glad it was informative! But we also heard that
the newsletters are too long. So…we’re putting on our “economy
of language” hats for this report as well as shifting some longer
pieces to the website where folks can peruse them at their leisure. Let
us know if this makes the newsletters more readable. And now, the news:
It’s fall again and you can be sure that the leaves ain’t
the only things changing these days. No… it’s the times. Finally, it’s
the times. With no further ado let’s get into the heart of what’s been
up at FMC in the past six weeks.
How Digital Services Fail Classical & Jazz Musicians, Composers, and Fans
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
This is an excerpt of material first presented by Jean Cook at CASH Music Summit in Portland,OR in August 2013.
There is a special kind of data that enables the discovery and consumption of music. It’s called metadata. This article describes two specific ways that services like Spotify, iTunes, Rhapsody, Google Music, and Pandora dramatically underserve the market for classical and jazz music because of the way they treat the metadata for these genres. But first, a little about what metadata is. read more
In comments prepared by the Black Congressional Caucus, FMC’s Executive Director Jenny Toomey explains the shifting music industry landscape and the effect of technology on musicians. The future could be a landscape where the creation and transfer of music is removed entirely from the legal and cultural responsibility of society to compensate artists for their innovation and creation. That said, to look at file trading or the question of piracy in a vacuum without acknowledging the failures
of the existing music business structure is to ensure the replication of that same system of terminal imbalance. We need to reverse the systematic diminishment of the music industrys responsibility to compensate artists for their innovation and creation as much as we need to fight piracy. read more