A post at the Copyright Alliance blog got us thinking about how today’s musicians develop a fan base. The digital revolution has led to unprecedented ways to connect with potential audiences, but the landscape can be tricky to navigate. Talent (even if it’s currently only your mom or GF/BF who thinks you’ve got it) and persistence are still your best bet. The good news is that you’ve got tons of tools to start convincing the rest of the world. read more
As part of our ongoing work to improve the state of terrestrial radio and create more opportunities for artists to reach potential audiences, FMC has worked closely with the American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) — a group that represents a broad coalition of independent labels — to determine whether independently-released music is reaching the commercial airwaves. A new survey of A2IM label members found that indie labels are still having difficulty getting airplay on commercial radio.
The American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) and the Future of Music Coalition (FMC) have released the results of a study they conducted regarding the progress toward compliance with the 2007 FCC Consent Decree and Rules of Engagement. Stemming from Elliot Spitzer?s high-profile payola investigation, the FCC in 2007 signed agreements with four major commercial radio broadcasters (CBS Radio, Clear Channel, Entercom and Citadel) that was designed to increase the representation of independent music on commercial radio. Around the same time, the independent music community, led by A2IM and the FMC, signed a separate “Rules Of Engagement” agreement with the radio chains promising to play more local and independent artists.
Two weeks ago, FMC sent out a press release and posted this blog entry that documents us catching Clear Channel red handed in an attempt to force indie artists to sign away their future performance royalties as a condition of consideration for radio airplay. What makes this truly unbelievable is the fact that they did this through the very same program that was set up as a condition of their payola settlement. read more