If you had told me ten years ago that in 2015, new releases by the world’s biggest artists would be issued on vinyl, and that chain stores—and not just boutique record shops—would stock them, I would’ve called you crazy. read more
Independent labels and artists had something extra to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.
In a November 25, 2015 ruling, the U.S. Copyright Office made it clear that webcasting royalty rates for the period covering 2016-2020 would treat major and independent record labels the same, as has been the case since the the establishment of a public performance right for digital transmission of sound recordings. Last week’s decision, handed down by Register of Copyrights Maria Pallante, is a response to the Copyright Royalty Board’s (CRB) question about whether the federal statute that provides for rate-setting (17 U.S. Code § 114) would permit different rates for majors and indies.
by Kelsey Butterworth, Policy & Communications Intern
There was a simpler time, not too long ago, when Jimmy Iovine’s most egregious sins were peddling Dr. Dre’s Beats headphones, Weezer’s 2008-2009 oeuvre, and the whiteification of hip-hop. Following an illuminating interview on CBS, we can now add “smarmy mansplaining” to that list. Here are a couple of things that Iovine publicly stated that he believes:
“Women find it very difficult at times — some women — to find music.” read more
by Kelsey Butterworth, Policy Intern and Kevin Erickson, Communications & Outreach Manager
As of November 1, enrollment for the Affordable Care Act (better known as Obamacare) is once again open, which means it’s a counterintuitively exciting time to be an artist without medical insurance. The ACA does what its name implies, and for musicians lacking coverage, it can be a critical step in leading a long and productive life. read more
You may have heard about controversies over unpaid mechanical royalties on the interactive streaming service Spotify. For us, the bottom line is that songwriters must be properly paid when their music is played on any service. In this post, we’ll examine the reasons this isn’t happening across the board.
First, it might be helpful to understand a bit more about what a mechanical royalty is, how it is licensed and whom it pays. read more
As is the case with many crucial liberties, the fight for network neutrality—the principle that preserves an open internet where everyone can build businesses, reach audiences and freely express themselves—is never truly over. It’s also important to remember that this fight is global. read more
All of us at FMC were saddened to hear of the passing of Congressman Howard Coble of North Carolina on Tuesday. FMC staff had the opportunity and honor of testifying in a number of hearings chaired by Rep. Coble over the years, and we always appreciated his nuanced grasp of complicated issues and his sincere concern for musicians’ interests. read more
This year’s Future of Music Policy Summit was the 15th ever and best yet. Musicians, songwriters, artist advocates, music managers, industry leaders and academics from around the world came together for two days of discourse on—you guessed it—the future of music. Though the discussions got pretty feisty at times, the overall vibe was one of collaboration and optimism.read more
As past Summit attendees know, our annual policy conference isn’t just about fact inundation. This being the music industry, we like to celebrate too — and this year we have a pretty great reason to do so. The Future of Music Coalition is turning 15 years old, so we’re having a Quinceañera shindig on Monday night, October 26, at Gypsy Sally’s (3401 Water Street NW).
“Happy Birthday” is the song everyone and your cat knows. The Guinness Book of World Records lists it as the most frequently sung English song, but it is recognized around the world and sung enthusiastically in many different languages at birthday parties for children and adults alike. With hundreds of millions of public performances and easily billions of private ones, it without a question the most popular song in the musical canon of the twentieth century. Not to mention examples like Marilyn Monroe’s serenade version to the U.S. President John F. Kennedy in 1962 – an iconic performance of an iconic song. read more