The Musicians Bringing Musicians Home IV concert will arrive at the end of a three-day activist retreat hosted by Air Traffic Control and the Future of Music Coalition since the Gulf Coast storms of 2005. This retreat brings established and emerging artists from around the country to New Orleans to tour affected neighborhoods, visit with some of the city?s notable musicians and community leaders and participate in strategy sessions about how to integrate activism and philanthropy into their work as musicians.
The plight of the people of New Orleans and the surrounding areas in the wake of the Hurricane Katrina disaster continues, and in a sense it’s everyone’s plight. Accordingly, what reads like a representative sampling of everyone in music will assemble for “Musicians Bringing Musicians Home IV”, a benefit concert for NOLA musicians’ charity Sweet Home New Orleans.
The Future of Music Coalition hopes the upcoming Obama administration will prioritize music industry reform, particularly as it involves corporate interests. The FMC points out that as the internet loosens music?s geographical ties, radio stations should be run by program directors and DJs who live in the communities where they broadcast. It also says Austin and Seattle have shown how an emphasis on local music can boost a city?s economy.
The American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) and the Future of Music Coalition (FMC) have released the results of a study they conducted regarding the progress toward compliance with the 2007 FCC Consent Decree and Rules of Engagement. Stemming from Elliot Spitzer?s high-profile payola investigation, the FCC in 2007 signed agreements with four major commercial radio broadcasters (CBS Radio, Clear Channel, Entercom and Citadel) that was designed to increase the representation of independent music on commercial radio. Around the same time, the independent music community, led by A2IM and the FMC, signed a separate “Rules Of Engagement” agreement with the radio chains promising to play more local and independent artists.
Network neutrality has been a big issue this year in Washington. If neutrality were to disappear, independent musicians would be among the most effected, according to the Future of Music Collation. In order to reach out to the musicians who stand to loose the most, the FMC formed Rock the Net, a program that specifically deals with educating the musical community about net neutrality issues. ?For independent musicians, [net neutrality] is absolutely crucial,? said Casey Rae-Hunter, communications director for Rock the Net.
The music industry reacted favorably to the Copyright Royalty Board’s release Thursday of new mechanical royalty rates. The CRB left unchanged the per-song rate of 9.1 cents for physical product, set for the first time a statutory rate for permanent downloads of 9.1 cents (the same as the prevailing industry standard rate) and established a 24 cent rate for mastertone ringtones (mastertone royalty rates were previously negotiated and typically equaled about 10% of the retail price).
A statement from Future of Music Coalition:
“Future of Music Coalition is encouraged that the parties involved in the proceedings seem pleased with the decision, and looks forward to reading the entire CRB decision when it is made public.
Technology makes interesting bedfellows, and the headline above twists my brain just a bit. But Sidney Chen, artistic administrator of the Kronos Quartet, singer, and blogger, has quite a bit to say about why net neutrality is important to the future of new music. He talks about net neutrality in a podcast at the Future of Music Coalition’s blog.
Lincoln Square?s Old Town School of Folk Music will host the Future of Music Coalition?s ?What?s the Future for Musicians?? seminar Monday, Sept. 22, bringing together experts from all sides of the music business to discuss the changing landscape of the industry.
According to its website, the Washington, D.C.-based Future of Music Coalition is national non-profit advocacy organization that works to interpret the issues at the intersection of music, law, technology and policy. Casey Rae-Hunter, the organization?s communications director, explained that the goal of the seminar is to educate Chicago musicians, label representatives, and even fans about legal and logistical influences that will affect their careers in the music industry.
The Future of Music Coalition, a national non-profit “education, research and advocacy organization that identifies, examines, interprets and translates the challenging issues at the intersection of music, law, technology and policy,” is holding a workshop titled “What’s the Future for Musicians?” at the Old Town School of Folk Music on September 22, from noon to 7pm.
It?s no secret that Girl Talk albums are a legal minefield. Each one has, like, a gazillion samples ? none of them cleared and few if any sanctioned by the original artists.
As a recent FMC blog post points out, Girl Talk and his label Illegal Art believe his work is legal under the ?fair use principle,? a term in copyright law that recognizes that a copyrighted work can be used for ?purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship or research? without being considered infringing.