Marcy Rauer Wagman’s amazing career has spanned all corners of the music industry. As a teenager, she was a nationally known recording artist with her band High Treason and toured throughout the United States, opening for artists such as Santana, Chicago, Jefferson Airplane, Miles Davis, Van Morrison and many others. She later went on to work as a studio singer and vocal arranger, as well as a hitmaking songwriter, publisher, producer, and jingle-writer.
As an educator and author, Marcy has worked to impart her comprehensive knowledge of the music industry to the next generation; her recent e-book Rock Your College is a comprehensive guide to the music industry for college students and music industry entrepreneurs. Today, Marcy is an entertainment, media and technology attorney and the Managing Partner of her firm Wagman Dickman, LLC. She represents a large range of industry clients, including recording artists, publishers, songwriters, producers, recording studio owners, artist managers, as well as media and technology professionals.
As part of our Future of Music Coalition Summer of Love profile series, we recently sat down with Marcy and asked her a few questions:
Nan Warshaw is co-owner and co-founder of Bloodshot Records. She’s a news junkie and a Mom who loves living in Chicago, traveling to far places and staying with locals, being a resource, and drinking good bourbon or Irish whiskies not aged in a sherry cask. She is proud to further the careers of artists she loves and respects, and work toward social justice especially as it impacts musicians and the underprivileged; in addition to her involvement in FMC, Nan is an honorary board member of Rock For Kids and sits on the advisory board of the Chicago Music Commission.
Nan has been a fan, advisory board member and supporter of the Future of Music Coalition for years. As part of our Future of Music Coalition Summer of Love profile series, we sat down with Nan and asked her a few questions:
TheHill.com just released their annual list of The Hill’s 50 Most Beautiful People. We here at FMC are frankly a little upset that we weren’t included in the mix.
Not one of the 50 individuals spotlighted took the time to pull on an FMC t-shirt before taking part in the photo shoot. These shirts work like a dream — you can show the world that you truly care about musicians and look great while doing it. And the FMC cotton tees keep you cool under the hot summer sun or during a long jam session. read more
FutureBlog readers probably know Bertis Downs as longtime manager of R.E.M. An attorney from Athens Ga, he is enjoying his “active retirement” in a number of ways— keeping up with the ongoing legacy of R.E.M., spending more time with his family (really), teaching and engaging in various professional and educational settings (like Future of Music Summits and the like), and pursuing his passion for public education as he considers the future of education for his own kids, and other people’s kids, in our country’s underfunded and increasingly besieged public education system (among his heroes are Diane Ravitch and Linda Darling-Hammond, who stick to the facts and don’t mind calling out wrongheaded “solutions, ” whether they are mean-spirited or just misguided).
Bertis has been a fan, advisory board member and supporter of the Future of Music Coalition for years. As part of our Summer of Love profile series, Bertis graciously agreed to chat with us.
Joe Uehlein is a solo artist, the leader of the roots-rock band the U-Liners, and a political activist. Through his 40 years of band experience, Uehlein has played with Grammy-winner Dave Alvin, Steve Earle, Tom Morello, Pete Seeger, Boots Riley, and Jill Sobule. We feel lucky that he’s been a fan and supporter of the Future of Music Coalition for years.
To kick of our Future of Music Coalition Summer of Love profile series, we sat down with Joe and asked him a few questions: read more
This is a pivotal moment for musicians, and FMC is right at the center of the whole range of policy issues that impact them. Here in DC things don’t actually slow down in the summer time. We welcomed the first day of summer with 101 degree heat —thankfully, our awesome batch of summer interns ran out and got us iced coffees to sustain us while we all watched the Senate’s antitrust hearing and pored over the news from the supreme court. We’re committed to making sure policymakers and musicians alike are informed by real data about the issues they’re facing. There’s no one else in the field conducting in-depth research like ours that illustrates how musicians are making a living — or failing to — in 2012.
So as you take some time this summer to relax in the grass with your sunglasses, lemonade and iPod full of your favorite summer songs, don’t forget that our work on behalf of musicians doesn’t stop. Your donation will keep us fighting for a future where musicians are fairly compensated —long after the beaches are closed and the lifeguards have gone home.
Stay tuned for more ways you can show your love for musicians this summer.