Payola has been the radio and music industry’s dirty secret for decades. While the Federal Communications Commission avoided taking action on payola, leaders like Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein, Senator Russ Feingold and then-New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer pushed for progress.
Now, the FCC is reported to be on the brink of pushing through a negotiated consent decree with the broadcast industry. This consent decree could bring to an end the broad investigation that the FCC announced in the aftermath of the Spitzer investigation.
Future of Music Coalition strongly believes that any successful settlement must have three components: read more
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
WASHINGTON, DC — The rapid consolidation of the commercial radio industry that followed the Telecommunications Act of 1996 has led to a loss of localism, less competition, fewer viewpoints and less diversity in radio programming in media markets across the country, according to False Premises, False Promises: A Quantitative History of Ownership Consolidation in the Radio Industry, a report released today by the Future of Music Coalition (FMC). read more
Future of Music Coalition will release a new report, False Premises, False Promises: A Quantitative History of Ownership Consolidation in the Radio Industry, by a teleconference with reporters on December 13, 2006 at 1:00 p.m. EST. Data in the report shows that radio ownership consolidation at the national and local levels has led to fewer choices in radio programming and harmed the listening public and those working in the music and media industries, including DJs, programmers and musicians. read more
WASHINGTON, DC — Future of Music Coalition will assemble a diverse group of acclaimed activist musicians for meetings in New Orleans from November 3-6, 2006. Steve Earle, Mike Mills (R.E.M.), Allison Moorer, Tom Morello (Audioslave and Rage Against the Machine), Boots Riley (the Coup), Corin Tucker (Sleater-Kinney) will attend the gathering and perform in a benefit concert at Tipitina’s on Monday, November 6th. The meetings are made possible by a generous grant from the Nathan Cummings Foundation. read more
Future of Music Coalition, Newspaper Guild-Communications Workers of America and Consumers Union Urge FCC to Take Employment Effects of Their Policies into Account During Upcoming Review of Media Ownership Rules.
“We applaud the Senate Commerce Committee’s overwhelming
bipartisan vote of 14-7 in support of allowing the Federal Communications
Commission to expand non-commercial Low Power FM radio stations into
urban markets. Today’s vote was part of the Committee’s larger debate
on a comprehensive overhaul of the nation’s telecommunications laws.” read more
Today, the Federal Communications Commission announced a rulemaking on media ownership, in particular Rules and Policies Concerning Multiple Ownership of Radio Broadcast Stations in Local Markets (MM Docket No. 01-317). read more
WASHINGTON, DC – Future of Music Coalition is pleased to announce
that the Vitalogy Foundation will be donating $1.00 from every ticket
sold for Pearl Jam’s May 30, 2006 Washington, DC concert at the Verizon Center to fund FMC’s Artist Research Council. This donation is made possible by Pearl Jam’s effort to contribute a portion of its ticket sales to the Vitalogy Foundation in support of local charities. read more
Top names in music, technology, law, academia and policy will convene in Montreal, Canada from October 5-7, 2006 to discuss crucial issues facing musicians and the music industry. Presented in partnership with McGill University?s Schulich School of Music and Pop Montreal, the Policy Summit will provide musicians, students, attorneys, advocates and policymakers with opportunity to examine the critical issues facing the international music community through a robust debate. read more