Hip-hop has always been about getting the word out, by any means necessary. In the past this meant dealing with all kinds of intermediaries â€” those gatekeepers at major labels, radio stations, video outlets and magazines who decide which talent rises from the streets to the mainstream. With the Internet, todayâ€™s hip-hop artists are taking the hustle into their own hands, finding new ways to connect their words and rhymes with potential audiences without interference or censorship.
This way of digital life might not last forever. Powerful companies that provide your Internet hookup (Internet Service Providers, or ISPs) are looking to alter the fundamental way the web works, by deciding the wheres, whos and hows of information exchange.Thatâ€™s why public interest groups, technology experts, innovators and creative types are fighting to preserve net neutrality â€” the principle that protects the open internet.
In this article, hip-hop journalist Eric Arnold reports on net neutrality’s effect on the hip-hop community. read more
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
Technology makes interesting bedfellows, and the headline above twists my brain just a bit. But Sidney Chen, artistic administrator of the Kronos Quartet, singer, and blogger, has quite a bit to say about why net neutrality is important to the future of new music. He talks about net neutrality in a podcast at the Future of Music Coalition’s blog.
“What’s the Future for Musicians” in Buffalo, April 2. Photos by Josh Spaulding
We’re still knee-deep in last-minute events details for our “What’s the Future for Musicians?” seminar at Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music on Monday, Sept. 22. It’s really coming together, and we can’t wait to dazzle Windy City musicians with our humungo brains! (Seriously, we’ve got a ton of great presentations and panelists lined up; click here to see what we mean.) read more
As of July 27, 2008, 929 bands and 184 labels have pledged their support for the campaign. Rock the Net?s sales will benefit the Future of Music Coalition?s campaign for net neutrality - it?s an excellent way to contribute to a worthy cause, considering that the album?s worth the price regardless.
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
Wilco, Bright Eyes, They Might Be Giants, Aimee Mann, DJ Spooky, Guster and others have contributed songs to benefit the Future Of Music Coalition’s Rock the Net campaign to save net neutrality. According to the organization, “the current structure of the web lets the biggest companies and the smallest bedroom recording artist exist on an equal technological playing field.
Bands from Bright Eyes to Wilco have contributed tracks to the Future of Music Coalition?s Rock the Net compilation, proceeds from the sales of which will go to the organization?s campaign in favor of net neutrality.