[Amber Healy, our DC correspondent for sister website Geeks&Beats, recently attended the Future of Music Conference and came away with some interesting insights. In this story called “Don’t Kill the Kitten that Cures Cancer,” she debates the finer points of music streaming. – AC]
With a few probably exceptions, musicians aren’t making obscene amounts of money from streaming services or people who pay for subscriptions to them.
But is there a better way? Might it be possible to let individual listeners decide how much of their monthly fees are going to bands they like, instead of a communal pot o’ cash? read more
Every year, the nonprofit Future of Music Coalition hosts a summit that tackles the trickiest issues facing musicians today, and it’s not afraid to get into the weeds.
At this year’s conference, held in October at Georgetown University in D.C., musicians, educators, reps and DJs took on the big subjects, including music education and the modern role of radio. But many panels went deeper, examining the nuts-and-bolts of the digital music economy — and exposing new fault lines in the process.
Here are the three biggest ideas I heard at this year’s Future of Music Policy Summit. read more
The lunch line was bustling in the Hoya food court. The Future of Music Coalition’s 15th Annual Policy Summit was well underway at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, and I was hungry. I had set out to procure a veggie burger. I found it, and the future of music sales. And to think I would have been excited about a side of fries…
It happened like this: While waiting in the cue, two guys in Peertracks polo shirts walked up, also foraging for lunch. We got to chatting, and they explained how they were building a way to sell music with blockchain technology (think Bitcoin), and take it directly peer-to-peer. “Like an iTunes killer?” I queried, eagerly asking if they’d do an interview. The result of this conversation is what you’ll hear in a moment. read more
The Future of Music Coalition, a D.C.-based nonprofit that advocates for the rights and proper compensation of artists in the evolving industry, held its first policy summit in 2000, and since then has been bringing musicians, producers, major label representatives and government officials together to discuss and debate the most pressing policy issues for content creators and policy leaders in the music industry. Many of the pressing issues discussed included music streaming, data, artist compensation, touring, artist management, and artist advocacy.
October was a busy month for Berklee Online! Academic Advisors, faculty, and staff attended conferences from D.C. to L.A., meeting our online students and making face-to-face connections. Read on for photos and stories from the road…
This year’s Future of Music Policy Summit was the 15th ever and best yet. Musicians, songwriters, artist advocates, music managers, industry leaders and academics from around the world came together for two days of discourse on—you guessed it—the future of music. Though the discussions got pretty feisty at times, the overall vibe was one of collaboration and optimism.read more
On Monday and Tuesday, musicians and policymakers gathered at Georgetown again for the summit’s 15th iteration, this time in Lohrfink Auditorium in the Rafik B. Hariri Building. Many of the pressing issues discussed, including music streaming, data, artist compensation and artist advocacy, stemmed from the same discussions at the 2000 summit.
“It’s not like we’ve come out of summit for 15 years with a five-point plan of how we’ll fix the music industry,” Rae said. “But we do promote a more diverse industry that isn’t just one model — respect for artists who aren’t and don’t want to compete at a Taylor Swift, Beyoncé level.”
WASHINGTON — After years of hanging their heads or sitting on the sidelines as disruptive digital forces chipped away at the music industry’s bottom line, working-class musicians and songwriters are starting to embrace the power of banding together and agitating for change, whether it’s engaging lawmakers to influence policy or joining coalitions that will fight for their interests. At the Future of Music Coaltion’s 15th annual Music Policy Summit here, the unofficial theme that emerged was a need to organize and rally to bring about real changes in the way musicians and songwriters are compensated in an evolving industry. read more