During the push for health care reform, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi askedMSNBC host Rachel Maddow to visualize “an economy where people could be an artist or a photographer or a writer without worrying about keeping their day job in order to have health insurance.” But how, exactly, that might happen was unclear. Just days earlier, Pelosi had said, “We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.” read more
The session kicks off with U.S. Copyright Office official Steven Tepp defending ACTA, by saying right from the outset, “Quite candidly, we’re in the midst of a worldwide epidemic of copyright piracy.” What kind of epidemic? Well, he uses that old line about how organized crime groups and terrorists are being funded by copyright infringement — a claim that the industry keeps making, but which makes little sense. Even if it were true that some crime operations are selling bootleg DVDs and such, aren’t they under the same, if not more, pressure from unauthorized internet file sharing?
Primer: The 2009 inauguration of Obama — plus Democratic majorities in Congress — meant a shift in the power dynamic in Washington, DC. How are creative industries faring so far in this administration? Rumor has it that music is enjoyed and revered in the White House, but these are also trying times for policymakers. Can a pro-arts agenda be balanced with pressing economic and infrastructure concerns? Does the cultural community have a role to play in recovery? What legislation will make it out of committee and onto the floor? Top staffers from the House and Senate will discuss the key music-technology-policy issues playing out on Capitol Hill, and how musicians are engaging.
It’s DC Policy Day for the Future of Music Coalition - where staffers from the Judiciary and Commerce committees will discuss topics from broadband policy to copyright to the health care bill. And musicians’ advocates, like F-M-C spokesman Casey Rae-Hunter, will find themselves using phrases like “positive economic multipliers.”
RAE-HUNTER This is a vital sector of the American public. They contribute a lot not only culturally but economically. What can we do to give them the best fighting chance to re-establish themselves as part of the American recovery?
Washington, D.C.—On Tuesday, May 25, national research, education and advocacy nonprofit Future of Music Coalition (FMC) held a day of powerful panels and presentations on key issues impacting the music ecosystem.
Issues addressed in panels and presentation included internet regulation, international copyright concerns, the effect of the recent health care legislation on musicians, Nashville flood relief efforts and the status of legislation affecting the creative class. A live, interactive webcast brought the discussion to a global audience of artists, academics, industry professionals, journalists, music fans and more. read more
So what do you guys think? We’re pretty thrilled with how everything turned out. If you weren’t there and like your music-tech-policy in 140 characters or less, check out the Twitter hastag for the event (#FMC10). read more
We hope to see you in person at DC Policy Day 2010, which takes place on Tuesday, May 25 at New America Foundation in Washington, D.C. But if you can’t make it to District, you can still check out the live, interactive webcast of the entire event. Tune in right here from 11 a.m. — 5:30 p.m. EST.
We’re incredibly excited about the programming, which tackles issues like preserving the internet for everyone, international copyright agreements and more. Here’s a discussion we’re particularly looking forward to:
Creative Capitol: Music, Culture and Policy under Obamaread more
Back in March 2010, music lost one of its greats when Alex Chilton of Big Star passed away. Chilton’s legacy lives on through his influence on acts like R.E.M., Cheap Trick and Wilco. His music has also made an impact on a number of North Carolina artists, many of whom will come together on Friday, May 28 at Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro, NC to celebrate Chilton’s life and music. read more