FMC staff just got back from the land of Bears and brats, and, while we’re happy to be home, we’re already wondering how we’re gonna find an excuse to get back to the Windy City.
We had blast at both the “What’s the Future for Musicians?” event (Sept. 22), and the Hideout Block Party (Sept. 20-21). Chicago is a mighty fine city, and we were honored to give its musical inhabitants some tips about the challenges and opportunities of this digital era. read more
Remember when we told you about the “What’s the Future for Musicians?” events in Chicago and New York City? Well, now we’ve got more details, including a date and venue for our sampling panel (also in NYC). An incredible array of panelists and presenters are lined up to inform on a range of topics crucial to today’s musicians. Whether you play rock, jazz, folk, country, world, classical or hip-hop, these events will get you up to speed the issues that affect you — now and in the future. read more
Sorry for the radio silence, everyone â€” we’ve been getting ready to announce a whole bunch of info about our upcoming events, including the date and venue for "Creative License: A Conversation about Music, Law and Fair Use." Stay tuned for more info! Oh, and here’s that news ya ordered: read more
Not long ago we told you about a podcast featuring Sidney Chen, artistic administrator for boundary-breaking ensemble Kronos Quartet, in which he talks about the importance of the open internet to Kronos, the classical community and pretty much anyone who loves music.
FCC Says Comcast Illegally Interfered With Web File-Sharing Traffic
A majority of the Federal Communications Commission has concluded that cable operator Comcast unlawfully disrupted the transfer of certain digital video files, affirming the government’s right to regulate how Internet companies manage Web traffic. Cecilia Kang, The Washington Postread more
FCC Chairman plans to recommend censure against Comcast
Federal Communications Commission chairman Kevin Martin plans to recommend that the FCC issue a warning against the ISP for imposing "arbitrarily limits" on its subscribers. The recommendation, now circulating internally, would require various disclosure and procedural shifts without applying penalties. Margaret Kane, News.comread more
Jenny discusses copyright, future technologies, webcasting and the importance of the gray areas.
"When we started, the real question was how do you use the Internet not to just build the new music digital services, but also to inform artists and to connect them so they can be a force to demand better structures for themselves." — Jenny Toomey of The Future of Music Coalition, The Well-Rounded Radio Interview.
On June 11, FMC Education Director Kristin Thomson took part in Ignite: Philly, which featured a series of speakers talking about inspiring projects or ideas for five minutes(!). Kristin used her own experience as a record collector who has moved on to streaming subscription services like Rhapsody to show that the future of music might be about access, not ownership.
We have no idea how Kristin managed to bust out all of this info in such a short amount of time, but she pulled it off without a hitch. Check out the video of her presentation below… you know you have time!