[…]According to a rather dreary report on musician jobs released by the school this week, most musicians are struggling with moderate salaries (at best), are underemployed in their chosen craft, and are working multiple gigs to get by. And, session gigs, recording gigs, and salaried positions are all on the decline. Here’s a quick summary of Berklee’s report on the state of musical employment in 2012. The findings were based on a sample of 5,371 musicians and composers, conducted by the Future of Music Coalition (and released this year).[…]
The Internet Radio Fairness Act won’t solve the core problems in the music performance market, namely lack of true competition, said a new report by a group that sometimesopposes regulation. The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation said the royalty system envisioned by the bicameral bills introduced in September favors “the status quo over innovation in the music and broadcasting industries.” The bill “doesn’t address inter-platform competition, intra-platform competition, or inter-music competition, all of which suffer in the current royalty system,” ITIF Senior Analyst Daniel Castro wrote.
“Who the [heck] is this guy and why is he trying to sell me a warm sack of [poo]?”
This question lit up my mind last week, as I sat in the audience for the Future of Music Coalition Policy [sic] Summit in Washington, DC. The guy in question was, in fact, a US Senator — Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) — while said warm-sack-of-[poo] was the Internet Radio Fairness Act (IRFA), which Sen. Wyden is sponsoring in the Senate. read more
[…]This disconnect between old media companies and new is hilariously illustrated by comments that one of the bill’s sponsors, Senator Ron Wyden, a Democrat from Oregon, made recently at the Future of Music Coalition Summit. After some harsh words for the major labels, Wyden said the following, as quoted by Digital Music News: “Now, if it weren’t for the disruptive independent record labels — I’m talking about people like I.R.S. and Sub Pop and Tim/Kerr — we might never have known much about bands like R.E.M., and Nirvana and the Replacements … I sure want us to remember their enduring influence on not just rock music, but on their contributions to our culture and an entire generation.” read more
WASHINGTON, D.C.— There were moments Tuesday during the annual Future of Music Summit where the conversation about revenue in the digital music industry sounded like a scrum over crumbs, a desperate fight over an increasingly shrinking pie.
“There is so much competition for so much music, and it’s all so devalued,” said one exasperated music entrepreneur, Rodney Whittenberg. He was one of hundreds of musicians, executives, attorneys, policy makers and journalists who attended the conference, presented by the advocacy group the Future of Music Coalition. […]
[…]When it comes to an issues as complex and contentious as copyright, artist compensation, and fair business, maybe real clarity was simply too tall an order. A panel with four intelligent and strongly-opinionated players whose top goal is to advocate their position (and not necessarily educate an audience) arguing for 40 minutes was doomed to (as they say) generate more heat than light.
Truly the Future of Music Coalition put together a great panel of speakers (as well as a truly terrific day of content). Unfortunately, as it goes with issues like this, it’s arguable whether any audience member was able to come away with a cooler or clearer head.[…]
[…] Casey Rae, deputy director of the musicians advocacy group The Future of Music Coalition, said he’s all for new approaches that pay artists directly rather than funneling money into the “black hole” of major-record-label accounting. But he was still skeptical of Rdio’s offer, which he saw as mainly a public relations effort.
He argued that there’s a finite number of fans an artist can deliver to Rdio, so there’s only so much an artist can hope to make from the new system. But those customers can deliver far more in value to the service than Rdio will ever pay to the artist who recruited them, Rae-Hunter said. read more
[…]Lowery’s concerns are mostly shared by Casey Rae, co-director of the Future of Music Coalition. But their preferred solutions are pretty different.
For Lowery, the solution is advocating and creating the environment for an ethical Internet. For Rae and the rest of the FMC, it’s more about creating much easier access to music - so easy, in fact, that the desire to use illegal file sharing will be greatly reduced.”We believe artists should be paid for their work,” Rae explained, and that’s the environment his organization is trying to set up. read more
[…]Artists are also worried about the merger’s consequences. “It’s all totally stacked against the creator,” said Casey Rae-Hunter, who heads the Future of Music Coalition, an organization representing independent and unsigned musicians. “And the Universal-EMI merger gives them even more leverage to do really scary things.”
[…]”This was supposed to look a lot different,” said Rae-Hunter, who also runs the tiny, independent record label Lux Eterna and records as The Contrarian.
“We were supposed to not just solve the access problem about reaching new audiences, but also to monetize that activity in a way in which 99 percent of that activity was not captured by the major labels,” Rae-Hunter said. “But we see now that the majors still dictate the terms.”[…]