We’re just now recovering from the whirlwind that was last week’s 2011 Future of Music Policy Summit here in Washington, DC. A huge thank you is in order for all the panelists, volunteers, staff and sponsors who helped make this one of our best Summits yet. From Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen flicking guitar picks on an unsuspecting audience member, to heated conversations about blanket licenses and ticketing schemes, to Erin McKeown dropping knowledge about life as an independent creator, we pretty much saw it all. And we’ve got the tweets to prove it — check out #FMC11 to see what people were saying.
One of the most buzzed-about sessions at the 2011 Future of Music Policy Summit was our lunchtime workshop on Tuesday, October 4 on “The Band as a Business.” Presented by Paul Rapp, attorney/musician/community radio leader/writer and Adjunct Professor of Law at Albany Law School, and Marcy Rauer Wagman, managing partner at Wagman Hurwitz & Dickman and Associate Professor at Drexel University, the hour-long workshop was a practical primer on what you need to do to protect what you have, avoid train wrecks and get ever
Shortly after news of Rhapsody’s acquisition of Napster broke, Rhapsody Chief Product Offer Brendan Benzing discussed trends, and the future of the mobile music space, at the Future of Music Coalition Policy Summit in Washington, D.C. on Monday afternoon.
During his remarks at the national music advocacy non-profit’s annual conference, Benzing said that Rhapsody is “the largest music subscription service, and acquiring Napster today makes us even larger.” read more
The Future of Music Coalition, the national music advocacy non-profit, kicked off its annual policy summit on Monday, in Washington, D.C. This year, the focus of the conference—an annual look at music shifts and trends in the areas of policy, technology, and law—is the ways in which artists can continue to make money in an industry where copyright workarounds and illegal downloads have become the norm. Or, as folk musician Erin McKeown said during a panel session, the overarching theme is, simply put, “How do people pay rent?” read more
WASHINGTON, D.C.— The sky was falling on Cheap Trick when the band was playing the Ottawa Bluesfest in mid-July.
Most of the band scattered to the back of the stage to escape when a storm blew through the festival and brought the 50-ton roof crashing down on the temporary stage. Guitarist Rick Nielsen bolted to the front of the buckling stage. “I felt like I was in a Buster Keaton movie where the building falls down on him,” Nielson said Monday in an unexpectedly dramatic Future of Music Summit panel with the band’s manager, Dave Frey. “I ran forward looking for the equivalent of daylight” as the blackness descended. read more
WASHINGTON, D.C.— Don’t hold your breath waiting for an overhaul of U.S. copyright law to reflect the massive changes the Internet has ignited in the way consumers access music.
In a keynote speech delivered Monday at the Future of Music Summit, U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R, Va.), a member of the House Judiciary Committee and co-chair of the Congressional Internet Caucus, said Congress won’t “wipe the slate clean” to address how digital culture has made it easier than ever to distribute, copy, share and reconfigure music, movies, books and other creative works. read more
WASHINGTON, D.C.— At the intersection where Capitol Hill policy, technological innovation and musical creativity meet, tensions spilled over at the two-day Future of Music Summit while government officials washed their hands of the mounting chaos.
Count it as a mixed blessing, for what artists — inherent outsiders and rule-breakers, if they’re doing their job well — want politicians telling them how to do their business?
But there was frustration aplenty with federal copyright laws that many artists and lawyers contend are impeding creativity. read more
In the past two years, more than 14,500 of you have joined us virtually from all over the world for the live webcast of the Future of Music Policy Summit. Join us this year for an even better webcast experience and two full days of free live programming direct from Washington, DC. Direct webcast link: fmc11.onyour.tv; we’ve also got embed code to share on your blog, Facebook page or with your friends.