Johnson’s piece, of course, rankled people who have devoted a lot of time to pondering this issue. The Future of Music Coalitionpenned a lengthy response to the article on their website, basically saying that statistics about wages do not take into account the widely varying amounts of success that people employed in the industry experience. Not everyone can be Kanye West but throwing a few people of his stature into the numbers paints a different picture than the reality faced by typical artists.
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.
Other amici, including the lawmakers, said the current “consumer definition” of the provision of broadband Internet access services (BIAS) as one that enables people to access content and services offered by edge providers, should support the FCC’s reclassification. ISPs have argued in the docket that their provision of BIAS cannot be separated from the provision of Title I information services.
“ISPs are the computer-aided, faster versions of Federal Express, UPS, or Union Pacific,” the Writers Guild of America, West, Inc., Future of Music Coalition and National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture said in their joint brief. read more
The Future of Music Policy Summit is a two-day annual event in Washington DC that brings together musicians and composers, managers and artist advocates, labels, publishers and music societies, tech innovators, legal experts and policymakers to discuss the most pressing issues facing the music business, all centered on the needs of musicians themselves.
Hosted by Future of Music Coalition and Georgetown University, this year’s event takes place on October 26-27. read more
LOSANGELES — The Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW), the 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 filed today, 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.
The WGAW, Future of Music Coalition and the National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture, in an amicus brief filed on Monday, said that without the FCC’s protection, “the openness that fosters democratic discourse and innovation will give way to oligopoly and corporate control of speech, which are hallmarks of traditional media platforms.”
They said that there was “some irony” in the fact that some plaintiffs have cited the First Amendment in challenging the FCC rules.
I was not the only person to take issue with this article. Some provided detailed and clear-headed thinking, some less so. I would like to focus on one particular exchange with the Future of Music Coalition (F.M.C.) because it will eventually involve Mr. Johnson, the Times public editor and the magazine editor. This is the passage in the original article that sparks the exchange:
According to the O.E.S., in 1999 there were nearly 53,000 Americans who considered their primary occupation to be that of a musician, a music director or a composter; in 2014, more than 60,000 people were employed writing, singing or playing music. That’s a rise of 15 percent, compared with overall job-market growth during that period of about 6 percent. read more