Happy New Year.
The Future of Music Coalition shares the contemplative spirit of this holiday season and hopes that this period of reflection will inspire 2002 to be year of regrouping, education and collaboration between the legal, artistic, academic, technical, and business communities.
As for a recap of last years highlights, even in the midst of economic downturn and strife within the artistic, technology and business communities, FMC managed several significant achievements for an organization that was under-funded and barely a year old.
- We held the critically acclaimed FMC Policy conference in January 2001, which brought record numbers of artists into the debate.
- We submitted testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee and Copyright Office with four suggestions of actions that could significantly benefit creators.
- We helped to codify an agreement that will ensure that artist get paid their percentage of the digital royalties directly.
- We gave testimony at the Department of Commerce on behalf of creators’ issues regarding broadband.
- We organized and executed a 6-week national speaking tour that visited ten universities.
- We applied for and received a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation in order to study the impact of radio consolidation on musicians and citizens.
- We were offered a seat on the Sound Exchange Board.
- We published a comprehensive 12-clause record contract critique that was featured on the cover of Billboard Magazine.
- We began work on a documentary project that takes a structural look at creators’ issues within the music business.
- We created a health insurance survey that will help us to understand the coverage landscape within the artistic community.
- We built a website that organizes some of the best writing on these issues into one easy to use interface.
- We connected with all of you in our brilliant newsletter community that continues to grow.
Considering the stellar line up of next week’s policy summit, 2002 looks to be an even more exciting year. Those of you who want to start off on the right foot may be able to take advantage of the FMC Newsletter Discount we are offering (up to $250 off the ticket price) and start the new year with FMC in Washington, DC in the center of the most comprehensive discussion of these complex music/tech issues.
Hope to see you in the front row.