Washington, D.C.—National non-profit Future of Music Coalition (FMC), which focuses on education, research and advocacy for musicians, will soon launch the next phase of its ambitious Artist Revenue Streams project with a detailed online survey for musicians and composers.
As revenue diversification is seen as the key to a successful music industry future, the FOMC is trying to identify what artist’s revenue streams are today and how they’ve evolved over the last 10 years. The survey is scheduled to run Sept. 6 through Oct. 28. Interested participants can get more information here.) read more
Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), one of the stronger congressional critics of the proposed AT&T-T-Mobile merger, lauded the Justice Department’s move Wednesday to block it, just one of many voices that were weighing in on the announced antitrust suit.
“The Justice Department’s decision to take action to block AT&T’s purchase of T-Mobile is a victory for competition, consumers and choice. We should be protecting American consumers holding their cell phones, not just telecommunications titans holding stock in the companies,” he said in a statement. “The merger would reduce the number of national wireless companies from four down to three, sending the mobile marketplace into a telecommunications time machine back to 1993. That would be an historic mistake….” read more
Future of Music Coalition is conducting a groundbreaking research project from September 6th – October 28th 2011 about how musicians and composers are making money in the new music business landscape. If you’re a musician or composer of any kind, please take a moment to complete the survey and help FMC understand and analyze how you’re earning a living.
In the absence of a definitive court ruling, some recording artists and their lawyers are talking about simply exercising their rights and daring the record companies to stop them. They complain that the labels in some cases are not responding to termination rights notices and predict that once 2013 arrives, a conflict that is now mostly hidden from view is likely to erupt in public. read more
Washington is known for encouraging and celebrating innovation. From the music scene that’s become a beacon to America and the world, to the state’s thriving technology sector, innovation is the driving force behind Washington’s economy and its music culture.
In the last thirty years, technology has transformed the conversation between past and present musicians: it is now possible to quote a previous work not only note for note, but byte for byte. The turntable and the sampler are the hip-hop artist’s quintessential instruments. The culture of hip-hop bricolage, coupled with intense commercial pressures in the recording industry and an inevitable proliferation of rip-off artists, has created difficult challenges for copyright law and for the concept of licensing. Several cultures must adapt to each other, and often they are doing so in the courtroom. read more
National non-profit Future of Music Coalition (FMC), which focuses on education, research and advocacy for musicians, will soon launch the next phase of its ambitious Artist Revenue Streams project with a detailed online survey for musicians and composers. The survey is one part of a multi-method research effort to assess how musicians and composers are currently generating income from their music, performances and brand, and whether this has changed over the past ten years.