Within the music industry, the response is rather muted. Representatives of independent and unsigned artists want Net Neutrality in place to ensure up and coming artists have just as much access to the Internet as superstar artists backed by major labels. The RIAA supports Net Neutrality so long as the rules don’t prohibit ISPs from taking action against pirated content (should they choose to do so). read more
OK Go have been doing fine without a major label, though, and they’re not alone. Casey Rae Hunter of the Future of Music Coalition, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit, says there has been an explosion of independent musicians who can now reach their fans without a label or radio.
“In the old days, they would still have to navigate this pretty complex system of bottlenecks and gatekeepers to reach the fan,” Hunter says. “The Internet means that you can develop and cultivate these sort of one-on-one relationships. They can become viral, like as in the case of the amazing OK Go videos that you see on YouTube. Or it can be just a sort of like, ‘Holy crap, I’m talking to my favorite rock star on Twitter.’ “
Ten years ago, no one would have predicted that we’d mostly all be listening to music via MP3 files, CDs would be all but dead, and vinyl record sales would be up. The music industry today is morphing so fast that it’s difficult for anyone—record label owner, musician, fan—to keep up. Casey Rae-Hunter, who speaks on a panel at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson this week, works at the Future of Music Coalition. Mission: “[ensuring] a diverse musical culture where artists flourish, are compensated fairly for their work, and where fans can find the music they want.” He kindly took time out of a vacation to California last week to talk to us about payola, the looming music cloud, and Amanda Palmer.
Earlier this month, Member of Parliment Charlie Angus spoke about his campaign to help the kids of James Bay when he was a featured speaker at the Future of Music Coalition policy symposium in Washington. He was surprised to find himself on the agenda along with musicians like T Bone Burnett, but there he was – the punk rocker turned politician.
Along with speaking about the rights of musicians in the digital age, Mr. Angus said the participants wanted to hear about the plight of youth on James Bay. There was so much interest that later this week he is holding a conference call with the principals of the coalition to see what can be done to help. Although it’s early days they are looking at mentorship programs with American musicians or appearances by U.S. bands. read more
The 10th Annual Future of Music Coalition’s Policy Summit wrapped up in Washington, DC, last Tuesday (it ran Oct. 3-5; official website here) with some insight from OK Go front man Damian Kulash on net neutrality and the changing landscape of the music industry. In conversation with Neda Ulaby of NPR in Lohrfink Auditorium on the campus of Georgetown University, Kulash discussed net neutrality, the role of “gatekeepers,” and his band’s inventive videos. read more
T-Bone Burnett says new artists who decide to keep their recorded music off the interwebs could be making the smartest move they’ll ever make as a a musician.
In the past, the veteran musician, songwriter and producer has been a scathing critic of the music industry - but this week he turned his fire on new media and digital sound quality in a splendidly entertaining Q&A at an industry conference on Monday.
“Don’t be on Facebook, don’t be on MySpace. You know why? Because as soon as you’re on MySpace, you’re one of six million,” he told interviewer Greg Kot at the FMC conference. “Have nothing to do with it,” he advised.
America’s Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator - or Copyright Czar as she is often dubbed - Victoria Espinel, did a spot at the Future Of Music Policy Summit in Washington earlier this week and, according to the Chicago Tribune, confirmed that work was already underway in US government circles to persuade internet service providers Stateside to play a more proactive role in policing piracy. She didn’t talk about three-strikes, but it’s what she meant. read more
October 6, 2010: FCC Media Bureau Audio Division Chief Peter Doyle said at the Future of Music Coalition’s Policy Summit this week in Washington, DC, that only “about 150 stations” have notified the FCC of their interest in increasing power for their HD Radio signals.
The Media Bureau in January adopted an order that allows most stations to increase their HD power levels by 6db with a simple notification to the commission. HD Radio developer iBiquity Digital, with the support of broadcasters, requested the increase in 2008; HD stations had previously been allowed to broadcast at a maximum of 1 percent of analog power.
Doyle said he was disappointed by the slow response but hoped the number would increase over time.
The Future of Music Coalition aims to give a voice to local music scenes like Portsmouth’s.
The Future of Music Coalition recently celebrated 10 years of work preserving the rights of local musicians and music scenes—such as those found right here on the Seacoast—during a three-day event in Washington, D.C.read more