Washington, DC â€“ On October 22, 2008, the American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) and the Future of Music Coalition (FMC) released the results of a comprehensive study they conducted of a wide range of independent labels. The report collects feedback from the independent label community about radio’s progress in complying with the 2007 FCC Consent Decree and Rules of Engagement, which put specific anti-payola guidelines in place for four of the largest commercial radio broadcasters (CBS Radio, Clear Channel, Entercom Communications, and Citadel Broadcasting). Around the same time, the independent music community, led by A2IM and the FMC, signed a separate, voluntary “Rules Of Engagement” agreement with the radio chains promising more local and independent artists, 4,200 hours of independent music, and new anti-payola guidelines. read more
Independent Labels and Commercial Airplay 18 Months After the FCC Consent Decree and the "Rules of Engagement"
Justin Jouvenal for FMC and A2IM
Monday, October 20, 2008
This survey of A2IM label members conducted by investigative journalist Justin Jouvenal finds that indie labels are still having difficulty getting airplay on commercial radio. The report reveals near-unanimous sentiment among label owners: little has changed over the last year and a half, with 92 percent of label respondents describing their relationship to commercial radio as “the same” as before the Consent Decree and Voluntary Agreements. read more
A Payola Education Guide for Musicians and Citizens
Adam Marcus for FMC and A2IM
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Change That Tune looks at the history of payola, the development of the “indie promoter” system, the investigations by the New York State Attorney General and the FCC from 2003-2007, and the contents of the “Rules of Engagement” signed by the four largest radio companies to provide context of what it means for musicians and independent labels, and how artists are interacting with radio in the 21st century. read more
You might have seen the various pressannouncements about our upcoming Rock the Net CD, which features Wilco, Aimee Mann, Bright Eyes, Portastatic, They Might Be Giants, DJ Spooky and more. The disc comes out on July 29 on Thirsty Ear Records. read more
Things are heating up here at Future of Music Coalition, and it’s not because the air conditioning is broken. Planning for upcoming events, publishing new educational materials and prepping for a major CD release is thirsty work, but we’ll keep on doing it just for you.
Let’s cut to the chase: urban radio sucks. You know it, artists know it, and programmers know it too. It offers little room for creative programming, tends to favor established artists at the expense of new voices, and kills any halfway-decent song that does manage to land in rotation by playing it as much as three times an hour. Most of all, urban radio sucks because it rarely meets the needs of the local community from which its listeners are drawn. read more
Net Neutrality is getting a serious look-over on Capitol Hill, with two bills currently in the House of Representatives. The first is called the “Internet Freedom Preservation Act,” and was introduced in February 2008 by Representatives Ed Markey (D-MA) and Chip Pickering (R-MS). The bill sets broad guidelines for protecting the open internet, and compels the FCC to hold hearings, gather public opinion and report its findings back to Congress. Currently in the House Energy and Commerce Committee, the legislation was referenced several times in a May 6 hearing on net neutrality. read more
Happy New Year from FMC! We were as busy as ever as 2007 wound to a close, but we still found time for a little end-of-the-year cheer. As usual, we’ve got some big news to report, so pour yourself one last glass of bubbly and read on.
Ann Chaitovitz named Executive Director of Future of Music Coalition
Two concerts to benefit New Orleans musicians
Policy Summit 07 podcasts and webcasts now available
"Hope for Home" house party to benefit Al "Carnival Time" Johnson a success
FMC at Arts Presenters
Media Ownership and LPFM update
Upcoming Event: SanFranMusicTech, February 25, 2008
On Wednesday, December 13, FMC released a quantitative, 152-page report of the history of radio consolidation called False Premises, False Promises. In honor of the occasion, the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) attempted to discredit the release of an independent analysis—that is, one not written by the industry or its consultants—of the radio industry by distributing a pre-emptive press release that called our research “questionable” and filled with “dubious data”. This is FMC’s point-by-point rebuttal to the NAB’s specious claims. read more
At their joint press conference two weeks ago, Senators Lott and Dorgan stated that FCC Kevin Martin was "in for a fight" if he rushed to change existing media ownership rules without sufficient debate. Well, this Thursday, the Senate Commerce Committee will hold a hearing on localism, diversity and media ownership. Call it the public weigh-in in advance of a possible showdown.
Here’s the official description of the proceedings, which take place at 10 a.m. on November 8 in Room 253 of Senate Russell Building:
This hearing will focus on issues related to media consolidation, pending proposals to change the Federal Communications Commissionâ€™s media ownership rules, and government efforts to promote localism and diversity the media marketplace. read more