Washington, D.C.?Informed discussion and lively debate were the hallmarks of Future of Music Coalition?s third annual D.C. Policy Day, which took place on February 11 at National Geographic in Washington D.C. Artist compensation in a rapidly-evolving music landscape featured prominently in discussions ranging from localism in radio to net neutrality and emerging models for digital distribution.
Washington, D.C.? On January 14, 2010, a broad array of independent creator organizations filed comments in the FCC?s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Preserving an Open Internet (GN Docket No. 09-191). The comments demonstrated the need for enforceable net neutrality rules to ensure that all creators ? regardless of size, affiliation or category ? can compete in a legitimate digital marketplace.
Washington, DC â€” On Thursday, December 4, Will Oldham (Bonnie “Prince” Billy), Nicole Atkins, Hank Shocklee (Bomb Squad, Future Frequency), Alec Ounsworth (Clap Your Hands Say Yeah), Jonny 5 and Brer Rabbit (Flobots) and Waterflow (of Senegalese hip-hop band Wageble) come together for “Musicians Bringing Musicians Home IV” â€” a special evening of music at Tipitina’s Uptown in New Orleans. “Musicians Bringing Musicians Home IV” is the celebratory and fundraising finale of the fourth three-day activist retreat hosted by Air Traffic Control and Future of Music Coalition since the Gulf Coast storms of 2005. Artists from around the country converge on New Orleans to tour affected neighborhoods, visit with the city’s notable musicians and community leaders and participate in strategy sessions about how to integrate activism and philanthropy into their musical lives and careers. read more
In the wake of a recent FCC finding on White Spaces, FMC released this statement that underscored our commitment to working with both White Space advocates and the arts community toward common ground on these principles. We firmly believe the FCC has the capability to manage an orderly process that can lead to thoughtful implementation of these devices in ways that benefit the arts community. read more
Philadelphia, PA ? Future of Music Coalition (FMC) ? whose Rock the Net campaign boasts more than 1,000 artists that support net neutrality, including Pearl Jam, OK Go, R.E.M. and Kronos Quartet ? has teamed up with realizePhiladelphia, a group that promotes social causes through musical and educational events, to create web.illish.us: a multi-faceted web and live show effort to raise awareness about net neutrality and democratic access to the media. read more
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
Washington, D.C.— Future of Music Coalition has issued the following statement from Executive Director Ann Chaitovitz about the Copyright Royalty Board’s October 2 rate setting decision, which sets the compulsory mechanical rate at $0.091 per song for physical sales and digital downloads and $0.24 for mastertones. read more
Washington, DC â€“ Future of Music Coalition announces panelist and programming details for its upcoming musician education events: “What’s the Future for Musicians” in Chicago on September 22; “What’s the Future for Musicians” in New York City on October 6 ; and “Creative License”, a panel discussion about sampling and fair use, also in NYC on October 6. read more
Washington, DC â€“ Future of Music Coalition is gearing up for events through 2008 and 2009 that will examine the crucial issues at the intersection of music, technology, policy and law. Expanding on seminars held earlier this year in upstate New York, FMC is organizing forums in Chicago, New York City and Washington, D.C. The seminars will be guided by a core group of presenters with a wide range of expertise related to music promotion and distribution, web development, policy, copyright and law. Attendees will have an opportunity to interact with peer-experts in breakout sessions and roundtable discussions. The “What’s The Future for Musicians?” series is co-presented by the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago, and the Public Theater in New York City.
Washington, D.C. Future of Music Coalition recognizes the importance of today?s FCC decision ordering Comcast to stop interfering with legal internet traffic, disclose to the FCC its network management practices and to alert consumers about any changes to its methods.
?Chairman Kevin Martin and Commissioners Michael Copps and Jonathan Adelstein deserve enormous credit for recognizing that a legitimate digital music marketplace cannot emerge unless there are consistent and transparent rules that allow a level playing field for innovators, consumers and creators,? said FMC Policy Director Michael Bracy. ?The ability to use legal applications is crucial to an internet that fosters innovation, commerce and creativity.? read more