Recently, Classicalite published some words from Gary Giddins about struggling jazz musicians in New York City. In dealing with similar plights for musicians around the nation, now Washington, D.C. appears to be making amends.
Casey Rae—interim executive director for the Future of Music Coalition, the premiere non-profit organization for musicians’ rights—issued the following words of advocacy:read more
On Valentine’s Day, De La Soul released most of their back catalog for free. Fans rejoiced at the unexpected gift, which included the albums 3 Feet High and Rising (1989), De La Soul Is Dead (1991), Buhloone Mind State(1993), and Stakes Is High (1996) and dozens of rare remixes, B-sides, and instrumentals. The move generated huge amounts of buzz and goodwill, judging by the outpouring of affection on Facebook, Twitter, and around the Web.
The proposed merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable into a telecommunications behemoth is the media equivalent of “too big to fail” banking. If the largest cable provider in the United States is allowed to merge with the second-largest, people living in major cities, suburbs and small towns across the country will find themselves even more tightly locked into a dysfunctional relationship with a monopolistic corporation focused on maximizing profits rather than serving local citizens. At the same time, the new cable giant will own national news, entertainment, sports and Spanish-language networks.
When it comes to media, bigger is not better. And when it comes to the control of the infrastructure of how we communicate now, the trend toward extreme bigness—as illustrated by Comcast’s plan to buy Time Warner Cable and create an unprecedented cable combine—is accelerating at a dangerous pace. read more
A federal appeals court decision this week could have serious consequences for people who listen to music online. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has struck down the Federal Communications Commission’s rules on what’s known as network neutrality. Those rules banned Internet service providers like Comcast and Verizon from slowing or blocking some websites and allowing speedier access to others. Potentially, the ruling means your Internet company could block access to SPIN. Or Spotify. Or any other website.
Various musicians and advocacy groups have long championed net neutrality, which is the principle that all Internet data should be treated equally.
A federal appeals court in Washington DC ruled that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) lacks the authority to enforce its Open Internet Order, issued in December 2010 and challenged by Verizon. The rules were established to prohibit Internet Service Providers (ISPs) from choosing winners and losers online based on business or other preferences.
The music industry is preparing for changes on the House Judiciary Committee, as Rep. Mel Watt (D-N.C.) is set to leave.
Watt, ranking member of the Judiciary subcommittee on intellectual property, was confirmed as the director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency earlier this month and is set to assume his new role on Jan. 6.
According to committee procedure, Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) is next in line for Watt’s ranking member spot on the intellectual property subcommittee, should he want the position.
On today’s Your Call, we’ll talk about how the Internet continues to change the music economy. Because of services like Spotify, Pandora and YouTube, musicians are constantly looking for new ways to make a living. How do these services compensate musicians? As for touring, even musicians who have a solid fan base say it’s difficult to get the number of bookings they need to earn a living. So how are independent musicians surviving? It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar, and you.
Guests include Kristin Thomson, consultant for the nonprofit Future of Music Coalition. She is co-director of FMC’s Artist Revenue Streams research project, a study examining how US-based musicians’ revenue streams are changing, and why.
Now in its 12th year, the Future of Music Coalition recently convened its annual summit on the scenic Georgetown University campus in Washington, D.C. The two-day conference brought together people from all walks of the music industry for interviews, workshops and panel discussions focusing on a broad range of issues affecting musicians and the music industry as a whole.
The Future of Music Coalition is a nonprofit group that is, in its own words, “committed to serving as an ongoing resource to musicians, policymakers, and the public about the many challenges and opportunities facing artists today.” read more