This post authored by FMC Policy Fellow Daniel Lieberman.
June’s “Future of Audio” hearing got all of us at FMC thinking about, well, the future of audio. Listening to testimonials from music heavyweights like Tim Westergren of Pandora and Cary Sherman from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) left us wondering how the public will experience the soundtrack of tomorrow. read more
[This post was authored by FMC Policy Intern Joseph Silver & Policy Fellow Daniel Lieberman]
Yesterday on Capitol Hill, the House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology rounded up some music industry bigwigs including Cary Sherman (CEO of the Recording Industry Association of America); Jeff Smulyan (CEO of Ennis Communications); Steven Newberry (CEO of Commonwealth Broadcasting Corp.); Tim Westergren (Pandora founder); Christopher Gutttman-McCabe (Vice President of CTIA Wireless); Gary Shapiro (President and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association); and a single artist: Ben Allison, a New York-based jazz bassist. The panel, the title of which the recently deceased Ray Bradbury might even admire — “The Future of Audio” — featured a broad discussion that touched upon music, mobile technology, radio signals, and last, but hopefully not least, artist compensation.
On September 6, 2011, Future of Music Coalition, Prometheus Radio Project and the United Church of Christ Office of Communications offered the following comments (PDF) to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on the implementation of rules to provide expanded Low Power FM (LPFM) service to more American towns and cities.
In a July 12 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, the FCC opened the door for possible inclusion of low-power FM (LPFM) station applications alongside applications for FM translators (low-power stations that relay full-power FM signals). The FCC has committed to LPFM as a tool for bringing more community voices to the airwaves, but this move may pit existing stations against new applicants in competition for the same limited frequencies.
“It looks like the FCC is taking the right step forward in terms of trying to ensure that those opportunities for LPFM exist at all,” said Casey Rae-Hunter, deputy director of the Future of Music Coalition. Without such a compromise, the opportunity for new LPFMs could “just completely go away,” he said. read more
Are you ready to change the media landscape in this country? Do you want to start a radio station or know some groups who might? If so, you can help spread the word about community radio! As early as next year, there will be a unique opportunity to apply for thousands of new Low Power FM (LPFM) community radio licenses. These non-commercial stations have the potential to broadcast local news, independent music and arts, and other diverse programming not heard on commercial radio. read more
[This piece was co-authored by FMC Intern Ethan Clark and Events & Finance Director Chhaya Kapadia.]
On March 9, 2011 the Gibson Guitar Showroom in Washington, DC, hosted our celebration to mark the passage of the Local Community Radio Act. The night was ball and was a great opportunity to get together with our friends and colleagues and recognize an achievement that was 10 years in the making. read more
FMC likes non-comercial radio. A lot. And we’re in great company, as evidenced this letter sent to Congress on March 8, 2011 in support of non-commercial broadcasters big and small.
The letter is signed by organizations representing thousands of groups and individuals in communities across America, who understand the value non-commercial radio provides to local creative communities. read more
Looking forward to spring? We are too, and not just because of the cherry blossoms here in DC. FMC is gearing up for a busy season, with events and other goings-on that we’re excited to tell you all about. So let’s skip the long introduction and get right to it…
From National Public Radio to community and college broadcasters to low power FM stations, non-commercial radio is a crucial component of today’s music and arts ecosystem.
A broad array of arts organizations sent the following letter to Congress telling them that cutting funding for non-commercial radio is counterproductive. Signers include Alternate ROOTS, the American Federation of Musicians, Americans for the Arts, American Music Center, the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, Chorus America, Dance/USA, Fractured Atlas, FMC, the League of American Orchestras, the National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture, the National Alliance for Musical Theatre, the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture, the National Performance Network, OPERA America, Performing Arts Alliance and Theatre Communications Group.
Dear Members of Congress:
On behalf of the thousands of local artists and arts organizations we represent, we want to express to you the unique importance of the noncommercial radio sector to the viability and success of American arts and culture and encourage you to strongly support the strengthening of this critical resource. read more
In early January, President Barack Obama signed the Local Community Radio Act of 2010, which is expected to create hundreds, possibly thousands, of noncommercial FM stations. The new law brings into effect much of what Kennard’s FCCset in motion more than a decade ago.