Casey Rae VP for Policy and Education | bio | casey<at>futureofmusic.org
Hannah Byam Managing Director | bio | hannah<at>futureofmusic.org
Kevin Erickson Communications Associate | bio | kevin<at>futureofmusic.org
Alex Maiolo HINT Program Coordinator | bio | alex<at>futureofmusic.org
Jean Cook Co-director, Artist Revenue Streams project | bio | jean<at>futureofmusic.org
Kristin Thomson Co-director, Artist Revenue Streams project | bio| kristin<at>futureofmusic.org
Michael Bracy Co-Founder and Policy Consultant | bio | michael<at>futureofmusic.org
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Casey Rae is VP for Policy and Education at Future of Music Coalition. He is also a musician, recording engineer, educator and journalist. Casey regularly speaks on issues such as new business models for artists, telecommunications policy and intellectual property at conferences, universities and in the media. He has testified before Congress on creator issues and routinely engages leaders in the music, arts and technology sectors to build bridges and bolster engagement in key policy conversations. Casey has written hundreds of articles on the impact of technology on the creative community in scholarly journals and other publications, and is a regular commentator on the impact of technology on creators in media outlets such as NPR, Washington Post, New York Times, Politico, Billboard, L.A. Times, Gizmodo, The Hill, Ars Technica, Sirius XM Radio and more. Casey is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University, and also serves on the Board of Directors of the National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture. He is the principal of Heru.us, a media, technology and policy consultancy. In his "spare time," he runs the DC-based label Lux Eterna Records and publishes The Contrarian Media.
Hannah Byam is FMC’s Managing Director. Over six years with the organization, Hannah has led or supported the team responsible for five Future of Music Summits; a DC-based musician policy and activism retreat; and a music business basics workshop in LA. She has supported FMC's international copyright and compensation research and led the organization's communications strategy and web properties. Her professional experience also includes training development, instructional design and brand management, and includes several years managing a high-end retail operation with annual sales surpassing $3 million. Hannah now manages all administrative, financial and staff matters for FMC in addition to the organization’s events and outreach strategies.
Kevin Erickson has over a decade of experience at the intersection of grassroots arts, community organizing, and policy. Before joining FMC's team in 2012, he directed All-ages Movement Project, a national non-profit network of all-ages music venues and youth music programs. His experience spans the full range of the music industry, from community radio to live show booking and promotion to brick & mortar music retail management. He remains active as a musician and recording engineer at Swim-Two-Birds recording studio in DC, and volunteers with Positive Force DC.
Alex Maiolo has worked with The Future of Music Coalition for eleven years, primarily focusing on the health insurance crisis as it relates to the working musician. In 2005, with the aid of a Cummings Grant, the Health Insurance Navigation Tool (HINT) was developed. Musicians in need of health insurance advice can access HINT for free consultations. There's nothing for sale, just free, unbiased advice on how to sift through the complex world of health insurance. In addition, Alex plays guitar in the pop rock staple, Fan Modine, owns Seriously Adequate recording studio, is a Senior Contributor for Tape Op Magazine, and writes for Premier Guitar. He is a partner with an insurance agency in the Carrboro/Chapel Hill area of North Carolina. Insurance as it relates to the artist, studio owner, and musician is part of a typical day's tasks. He has been an active musician since he was nine years old, and an active fan since he was learning to crawl. In addition to appearing on various panels (SXSW '06-'012 TapeOpCon '04-'08; Potluck Con '08, '09, 12; Pop Montreal '06; FMC Policy Summits '03-'011; PopAsheville '07-'09; Six Points Music Festival '07; San Francisco Tech Summit '11; Berlin Music Week '12) to discuss the troubling state of health insurance in the U.S., he has given his time to educate young musicians as to how they can stay active in music-related projects for their entire lives.
Jean Cook is a musician, producer and Director of Programs for Future of Music Coalition. She is a founder and director of Anti Social Music, a New York-based new music collective. She currently records and tours with Ida/Elizabeth Mitchell, Jon Langford, and Beauty Pill. She has recorded on over 50 albums; recent appearances include projects by New York avant jazz artists William Parker, Tom Abbs/Frequency Response, Assif Tsahar/KJLA 4Tet, and Taylor Ho Bynum/Spidermonkey Strings. Jean’s administrative background includes working as a publicist and curator for Washington Performing Arts Society, producing and hosting radio programs for 89.9 WKCR-FM, New York, and producing dozens of new music performance projects. In 2004 Jean worked for Air Traffic Control, a political action group helping musicians to be more effective in the 2004 election cycle. For FMC, she covers a wide range of issues including jazz and classical music metadata, jazz radio playlist composition and (and how to improve data collection), and understanding how copyright impacts indigenous artists in places like Ethiopia, Tajikistan and Australia. For the last two years, Jean co-directed FMC's Artist Revenue Streams project, a groundbreaking initiative offering data-driven insight into US-based musician income and how it correlates with genre, career arc, roles played, tech savviness, radio airplay, and other critical factors (more info here). She is a member of New Music USA's New Media Council and also currently serves as Chair of APAP's Classical Connections Committee.
Kristin is a community organizer, social policy researcher, entrepreneur and musician. After graduating with a BA in Sociology from Colorado College in 1989, Kristin moved to Washington, DC where she worked for two years as a national action organizer for the National Organization for Women. She left NOW in 1992 to make a full-time commitment to Simple Machines, an independent record label she co-ran with Jenny Toomey. Over the label’s 8-year history, Simple Machines released over seventy records and CDs, published the Mechanic’s Guide to Putting Out Records, Cassettes, and CDs, and organized three high-profile music festivals in Washington, DC. While running the label, Kristin and Jenny also wrote, recorded and released four highly-acclaimed Tsunami records on Simple Machines, and toured the US, Canada and Europe extensively.
Kristin joined Jenny Toomey at the Future of Music Coalition in late 2000 to oversee project management, research and event programming, including Future of Music Policy Summits from 2002-2007. In 2011-13, Kristin became a consultant for FMC, and has served as Co-Director of the multi-method Artist Revenue Streams research project. She was also the main author of Arts Organizations and Digital Technologies, released by Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project in January 2013, and works with consumer privacy expert Ashkan Soltani. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband Bryan Dilworth, a concert promoter, and their son, where she also plays guitar in the lady-powered band, Ken.
Michael Bracy is a partner in the government affairs firm Bracy Tucker Brown & Valanzano. He also co-founded the Future of Music Coalition, currently serves as board member and co-owns Misra, an independent record label.
Michael is known for his policy work in front of Congress and the FCC, including media consolidation, radio regulation (including Low Power FM), and ensuring public interest principles are at the heart of the legal structures that will help dictate new technological frameworks. Michael is a recognized public advocate both for the music community and for the need for increased citizen participation in the policy process. He has testified before the Congress and the FCC, and speaks often on these issues at conferences and in the media, including CNN, MSNBC, National Public Radio, Washington Post, New York Times, Billboard and elsewhere.
Michael attended Georgetown University, where his courtship with his future wife, Kelly, began in earnest when they co-hosted a radio show on the campus station. After graduation, Kelly and Michael spent seven years in Seattle, where Michael worked in the educational communications field specializing in producing and directing live, interactive educational and government television programming. Kelly and Michael have three children, Eliza, Sophie and Owen, and live in Arlington, VA.