Today (December 18, 2008), more than 100 groups, unions, musicians, bloggers and media and technology leaders sent a letter to President-Elect Barack Obama calling on his administration to appoint leaders who will reform the media and protect the open Internet. FMC (and members of Pearl Jam and R.E.M.) were among them.
Kristin Thomson, Future of Music Coalition and Mary Madden, Pew Internet and American Life Project
Sunday, December 5, 2004
In Spring 2004, FMC worked in partnership with the Pew Internet & American Life Project and an array of other musician-based organizations to conduct a balanced survey that gave musicians, performers and songwriters a chance to speak up about the Internet, file-sharing, and copyright issues.
We’ve all heard speculations about what musicians are “really thinking” in the changing digital landscape. Yet, from our vantage point inside the music community these projections have always seemed too narrow to represent the complex concerns we regularly experience in our discussions with musicians.
FMC felt is was time to stop projecting our thoughts and preferences onto musicians and, instead, ask musicians to share their own experiences and opinions. read more
Musician/Artist Momus on Patronage and Piracy in the Information Age
Friday, November 19, 1999
“The information age is going to make
everybody more like an artist — individual, creative, hands on, proactive,
responsible — and therefore artists will no longer be special, different
and isolated. They will be like the rest of us, approachable, malleable,
and responsive. We will all fulfill each other’s artistic needs, and fill
the world once more with love, communication and decoration.” — Momus read more