Colorado nonprofit SpokesBUZZ recently wrapped up the third successful year of BandSwap 2014, the program that Hypebot calls “an excellent example of creative innovation in the music industry.” The program, even broader this year in scope and concept, brought together fans and industry professionals with 16 bands for 88 events in nine cities over four weeks. The events featured BandSwap performances by the participating bands and other local artists, music video premieres and screenings, educational discussions with an impressive list of panelists (below), networking SynchroniCITY mixers, Cultural Spotlight presentations shedding light on each city’s unique characteristics, presentations on innovative startups via InnovationSwap, and more! read more
It was a great weekend for listening to FMC folks talk about our favorite subject: the intersection of music and policy.
On Saturday, FMC Policy Director Michael Bracy chatted with Windy City music scribes Greg Kot and Jim DeRogatis on "Sound Opinions" — a weekly talk show from Chicago Public Radio and American Public Media. read more
The FCC held a broadband workshop Thursday (Sept 17) on protecting online content, making it a round two dozen workshops to date. John Horrigan, consumer research director for the national broadband plan, said the underlying goal was to figure out what drives adoption, specifically what users want, saying content from entertainment industries plays a big part. FMC’s Michael Bracy and new music composer Alex Shapiro participated in the event.
On behalf of the Future of Music Coalition I want to express our appreciation for this workshop and the overall process that the Commission has undertaken. We believe strongly that the public needs to be engaged in the complicated policy debates that the FCC is taking on, from reforming radio to developing a national broadband plan, and we appreciate your efforts and being invited to participate in today’s workshop. read more