Is the idea that musicians should be allowed to participate fully in our country’s economy unrealistic? I hope not; though—barring the introduction of a completely new economy that treats musicians as valuable members of society—I believe it will require a sea change. We will need to demystify the music industry and the nitty gritty of what it means to be a professional musician. We need: read more
This problem not only frustrates artists and rights holders. It frustrates technology firms and others that might build a business that could compete in a growing streaming music marketplace. According to a study done by Berklee ICE, even with unlimited resources, it takes at least 18 months to obtain all the licenses necessary for a streaming music service that will have all the songs consumers expect.
Casey Rae, the interim director of the Future of Music Coalition, told an audience Friday that adding more transparency and improving outcomes for rights holders as well as for businesses was “impossible without top-shelf data management.” read more
Here the people at the Future Of Music Coalition speak with Sharky Laguana of the band Creeper Lagoon about his recent piece entitled “Streaming Music is Ripping You Off” in which he criticizes streaming services for their use of the “Big Pool” method of royalty distribution.
“This industry really has to get its shit together not only to generate revenue, but to get money to those people who actually need it and deserve it,” Casey Rae, CEO of the artist-forward nonprofit Future Of Music Coalition, said at the opening panel on transparency and its relation to money. He then noted that the music industry had three flavors of transparency to grapple with: Structural, or the understanding of how services generate and pay out royalties; deal and terms transparency, which examines how contracts lay down the terms for music’s use and compensation; and repertoire, which deals with the data and information management systems that track the consumption and usage of music.
The state of the music industry today is such that managers are required to wear a variety of hats and develop unique strategies for different artists. The Future of Music Coalition’s upcoming Managers Session panel will be an excellent opportunity to hear from several successful managers in the business and pick up a few tricks of the trade.
In a brief filed September 22nd, the Writers Guild of America, West, the Future of Music Coalition, and NAMAC ask the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to uphold the FCC’s order and reject the challenge brought by the USTA. Future of Music CEO (and NAMAC Board President) Casey Rae said of the brief: read more
The Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW), Future of Music Coalition (FMC) and the National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture (NAMAC) are pushing back against a powerful group of Internet service providers (ISPs) that is seeking to invalidate the Federal Communications Commission’s 2015 order protecting an open Internet.
In an amicus brief, the three organizations are asking the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to uphold the FCC’s order and reject the challenge brought by the United States Telecom Association and its industry allies.
Three US organisations representing creators — Future of Music Coalition (FMC), Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW), and the National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture (NAMAC) — have filed an amicus brief with the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit to uphold the Federal Communications Commission’s ruling in favour of net neutrality. The United States Telecom Association and ISPs are seeking to invalidate in Court the FCC’s decision made earlier this year.
As a result of the consent decrees, performers are typically paid much more than songwriters. That’s because performers are paid on an entirely different system, one based on direct deals negotiated between labels and the streaming services. Here’s a chart breaking down royalty splits by tech blogger Michael DeGusta for the ‘90s song “Low” by the band Cracker; you can see how small the slice has become for songwriters (in green).
Casey Rae, a musician and the CEO of advocacy group The Future of Music Coalition, describes the info here as “quite solid.” read more
The Future of Music Coalition (FMC), Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW), and the National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture (NAMAC) have filed an amicus brief with the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit to uphold the Federal Communications Commission’s ruling in favour of net neutrality. The United States Telecom Association and ISPs are seeking to invalidate in Court the FCC’s decision made earlier this year. (Music Week)