While most the country has been occupied with the Sotomayor confirmation, we at FMC have also been keeping our eyes on another nomination process -- namely, who will fill a pair of important Federal Communications Commission posts.
When President Obama entered office, three out of the five FCC Commissioner spots, including the FCC Chairmanship, were vacant. Last month, the Senate confirmed Julius Genochowski to head up the agency; you can read about it here). On July 15, 2009, the Senate Commerce Committee held a hearing questioning Obama's nominees for the two remaining Commissioner seats. read more
Yes, Comcast acting as a gatekeeper to the Internet is a scary prospect indeed. Despite failing to make much headway in the fight against net neutrality, though, providers like Comcast continue to spend millions of dollars each year in hopes of getting their way. So lest you think that net neutrality was a right we established in the early 2000s, realizePhiladelphia and the Future of Music Coalition are holding a Webcast series to make you think otherwise. “Yes, we’ve achieved net neutrality,” says Ti. “But now we have to go into preservation mode, otherwise someone will come in and take it away.”
Today (Dec. 22, 2008), the Media & Democracy Coalition — of which FMC is a member — released a “Statement of Public Interest Groups on Proposed Broadband Principles in Upcoming Economic Stimulus Package.” That’s a mouthful, we know. Despite its tongue-twisting title, the document offers well-thought out reasons why policymakers should focus on a coherent national broadband policy that includes accountability, local approaches, metrics for access and adoption, and a committment to open network structures. read more
FMC Policy Director Michael Bracy recently spoke with Charles McEnerney of Well-Rounded Radio about why policy matters to the everyday artist, and how decisions made in Washington impact the entire music community â€” from creator to fan and everyone in between.
Today’s blog post was co-authored by FMC intern Daniel Eno, based on a bit of pondering by FMC Events Organizer Chhaya Kapadia.
Do you ever get nostalgic about cruising the racks at your local record store? Do you ever feel that, while it may be infinitely more convenient and even a couple dollars cheaper to buy an album off of iTunes, it’s nice to know your purchase helped keep your neighborhood shop up and running? What if you could combine the convenience of online purchasing with that warm feeling you get from supporting your local music-slingers? read more
The first show in the series, “level up, ppl,” took place on November 19, 2008, and was a smashing success. Off-the-hook sets from tU PHace, The New Age and Black Landlord drove the capacity crowd to spontaneous acts of breakdancing. An engaging discussion about net neutrality featuring FMC’s Kristin Thomson, producer Taj Walton (Wyclef Jean, Fugees and Boyz II Men), music biz lawyer and Mad Dragon Records CEO Marcy Rauer Wagman, Geoff DiMasi of P’unk Ave and Will Lewis of Big Bloc Booking highlighted the importance of open internet structures to musicians. Check out the photos and webcast archives. read more
On November 19, FMC and realizePhiladelphia — an advocacy group that promotes social causes through musical and educational events — will host the first installment of web.illish.us, a multi-faceted event that raises awareness about net neutrality. The debut installment is called “level, up, ppl,” and features music from Black Landlord, Tuphace and The New Age. Speakers include FMC’s Education Director Kristin Thomson, entertainment attorney and Drexel Music Industry Program Director Marcy Rauer Wagman, studio producer/engineer Robert Taj Walton (Fugees, Boyz 2 Men, Wyclef Jean), William Lewis of Big Bloc Entertainment and Geoff DiMasi of P’unk Avenue. read more
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
Network neutrality has been a big issue this year in Washington. If neutrality were to disappear, independent musicians would be among the most effected, according to the Future of Music Collation. In order to reach out to the musicians who stand to loose the most, the FMC formed Rock the Net, a program that specifically deals with educating the musical community about net neutrality issues. ?For independent musicians, [net neutrality] is absolutely crucial,? said Casey Rae-Hunter, communications director for Rock the Net.
We at Future of Music Coalition recognize the difficulty of explaining complicated issues in plain language, but we do our best. Right now, a huge concern is net neutrality, which also happens to be kinda tricky to articulate. Luckily, we’ve had some practice!
Our Rock the Net website offers an excellent primer on why net neutrality should matter to the music community. In a nutshell, net neutrality protects the open internet, and allows all artists to promote and distribute their music online without undue interference from gatekeepers or middlemen. The internet is THE tool for the modern musician to connect with fans, and it shouldn’t be controlled by a few ISPs looking to maximize profits. read more