It’s been a busy month at Future of Music Coalition, with promising developments on a couple of key issues that impact musicians. We’re not gonna say that Christmas has come early, but we are pleased that policymakers are taking net neutrality and expanding community radio seriously. We’re also proud of how musicians have helped raised awareness about these issues. Read on for details about all this and more.
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Musicians and health insurance Op-Ed in Chicago Tribune
FCC opens Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on net neutrality
Yesterday, we told you that FMC Education Director Kristin Thomson would be appearing on a "public interest panel" at as part of the FCC's Media Ownership Workshops. And this morning, she did. As expected, Kristin's presentation went smashingly. read more
On November 3, 2009, FMC Education Director Kristin Thomson participated in a “public interest panel” on media ownership organized by the FCC?s Media Bureau in advance of their 2010 media ownership rulemaking proceedings.
Washington, D.C. Future of Music Coalition (FMC) — a national nonprofit that seeks a bright future for musicians and listeners — participated in today’s “public interest panel” on media ownership before the FCC’s Media Bureau in advance of their 2010 media ownership rulemaking proceedings.read more
Did you know that the Telecommunications Act of 1996 requires the FCC to review its ownership rules every four years and "determine whether any of such rules are necessary in the public interest as the result of competition?" read more
An Analysis of Radio Playlists in a Post FCC-Consent Decree World
Kristin Thomson, Education Director, Future of Music Coalition
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
In April 2007, the Federal Communications Commission and the nation’s four largest radio station group owners – Clear Channel, CBS Radio, Citadel and Entercom – signed a voluntary agreement as a response to collected evidence and widespread allegations about payola influencing what gets played on the radio. It has been two years since the FCC, radio station group owners and independent labels met around the table. The immediate questions for the music and policymaking community are: Did these agreements serve their purpose? Have payola-like practices been curtailed? Did the agreements have any effect on what gets played on the radio? read more
WASHINGTON, D.C.– Artist education, research and advocacy organization Future of Music Coalition (FMC) announces the release of a new report that analyzes New York State radio playlists to determine whether the policy interventions resulting from 2003-2007 payola investigations have had any effect on the amount of independent music played on terrestrial radio. read more
Future of Music Coalition (FMC) has conducted an analysis of radio airplay over the past four years to determine whether anything has really changed since April 2007, when the FCC issued consent decrees to the nation?s four largest broadcasters in response to payola allegations. Using playlist data from Mediaguide, calculated the airplay share for five different categories of record labels to determine whether the ratio of major label to non-major label airplay has changed over the past four years. Based on this data, the FMC reported “almost no measurable change” in station playlist composition over the past four years.
[…] To refresh your memory, basically the “big 4” had to pay millions in fines and work with the American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) to draft a plan allowing significantly more unsigned and indie label music spins. So what were the results? Practically nothing has changed!