It’s that time of year again. No, not spring (although DC has finally warmed up a bit). We’re talking South By Southwest season — when artists, music biz-types and fans of all stripes converge on Austin, Texas for a week of live music, focused conversation and general debauchery. FMC is gathering up our SXSW survival gear; maybe we’ll even see you there. But that’s not all we’re up to — read on for the details.
Taking the Pulse: Musicians and Health Insurance survey
Catch FMC at SXSW!
Musicians Bringing Musicians Home VI: benefit for New Orleans artists
Super-ultra-final last chance to plug in on net neutrality at the FCC!
If I Ruled the Blogosphere: Hip-Hop Blogs & Social Change panel in DC
Erin McKeown on the Public Performance Right
Reminder: Brian Zisk’s Future of Money conference & SanFran MusicTech summit
WASHINGTON, D.C.— “IF I RULEDTHEBLOGOSPHERE: Hip-Hop Blogs and Social Change” will feature prominent hip-hop bloggers in a dynamic conversation about how artists are gaining traction online, the impact of technology on music promotion and how bloggers and artists can raise awareness about important issues in the hip-hop community and beyond.
Co-sponsored by Words Beats & Life (WBL) and Future of Music Coalition (FMC), the event takes place on Saturday, April 3 at Busboys & Poets (14th and V Streets NW, Washington, D.C.) from 4-7 p.m. read more
NEWORLEANS, LA—Ryan Dobrowski + Israel Nebeker (Blind Pilot), Rebecca Gates, Thao Nguyen (Thao with the Get Down Stay Down), Toshi Reagon, Matana Roberts, Jill Sobule, Jon Theodore (One Day As A Lion), New Orleans’ very own Bonerama and more will celebrate New Orleans, her community and its musical ambassadors for Musicians Bringing Musicians Home VI at One Eyed Jacks (615 Toulouse Street) on Friday, March 26 at 10pm.
We're incredibly excited about the latest Artist Activism Camp (our sixth!) and its live benefit concert finale, Musicians Bringing Musicians Home. This year's event, which takes place at One Eye Jacks in New Orleans on Friday, March 26, 2010. read more
Like so many other individuals and organizations, Future of Music Coalition is saddened beyond words at the devastation visited upon Haiti by the recent earthquake. Events like the Asian tsunami and Hurricane Katrina make us realize just how precarious our place on this planet is. But it also presents an opportunity for humanity to come together to help alleviate any amount of suffering that we possibly can. read more
In October 2009, the Federal Communications Commission announced that it was accepting public comments on a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) about Network Neutrality and the Open Internet.
The FCC is seeking public input on draft rules that would codify and supplement existing principles to safeguard the Internet’s openness. This process is intended to secure and protect the many economic and social benefits of the open Internet by preventing anyone from restricting the free flow of lawful content and applications online. read more
As you probably know, FMC exists to improve the lives of musicians. This holiday season, we wanted to highlight our efforts in New Orleans, where too many artists are still struggling years after Hurricane Katrina drove many from their homes and communities. read more
In this age of satellite and Internet radio, it’s easy to underestimate the importance of small, noncommercial terrestrial radio stations to independent artists.
“There is a real disparity between people who can access the Web and satellite radio and those who can’t,” musician Erin McKeown says. “There are also a lot of people who listen to the radio in their cars out of habit, and it’s easier for them to flip to a new channel than convert to satellite.”
McKeown and others who say they owe their careers to small, noncommercial stations are celebrating a recent victory. On Oct. 15, the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee passed the Local Community Radio Act of 2009, which eases requirements on channel separation between low-power and full-power FM stations, paving the way for more LP FMs to appear on the radio dial. The legislation will now go before the House of Representatives for a full floor vote.
LPFMsâ€”which typically have a range of three to seven miles with transmitters of up to 100 wattsâ€”have long been an important vehicle for ethnic, religious and local community programming. And LP FMs, especially those affiliated with colleges and universities, have provided vital exposure for niche music genres and independent artists.
Getting the bill out of the House committee represents a huge step forward, according to Michael Bracy, policy director at the Future of Music Coalition.
“We had success getting the legislation through the Senate before, but this is the first time we got it past the House committee,” Bracy says. “There was a lot of consensus and not a lot of debate, either, which bodes well. I feel pretty optimistic it will pass the House in the next month and get through the Senate and signed by the end of this session. If this all happens, the licensing window would be late 2010 or early 2011.” read more
Since Barack Obama’s inauguration, many in the arts community have pondered what the change in leadership might mean for our field. It’s clear that the new president has some interest in musicâ€”he’s got Jay-Z on his iPod and even handpicked “long, strange trippers” The Dead to play at the Mid-Atlantic Inaugural Ball in D.C. But looking past the meeting of tye-dyes and power ties, what does this mean for cultural policy?