In early January, President Barack Obama signed the Local Community Radio Act of 2010, which is expected to create hundreds, possibly thousands, of noncommercial FM stations. The new law brings into effect much of what Kennard’s FCCset in motion more than a decade ago.
A bigger worry for musicians, on top of simply getting paid, is finding a way to deal with medical costs. Nonprofit group the Future of Music Coalition (FMC) recently launched a new online survey on health insurance and musicians, with polling set to close April 1. In a previous survey, held in 2002, 44% of the nearly 2,700 respondents said they did not have health insurance, compared with 14% of the overall population in the 2000 census. Of the 1,368 respondents who did have health insurance, 25% bought it themselves, not through an employer.
Good news for the little guy: Last week, the House Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet voted overwhelmingly to pass the Local Community Radio Act of 2009. According to a press release from the Future of Music Coalition, which supports the bill, the act will “clear the way for hundreds of Low Power FM (LPFM) broadcasters in American towns and communities— stations that can help fill the void in local programming created by a consolidated commercial radio marketplace” if it’s made into law.
On July 17, 2008, Pitchfork and Future of Music Coalition co-presented a panel discussion about Public Enemy’s It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, as part of Chicago’s Pitchfork Music Festival. As expected when you put front man Chuck D, PE Media Assassin Harry Allen and original Bomb Squad members Hank and Keith Shocklee around a table, the back-and-forth was incredibly entertaining and informative.
Future of Music Coalition and Pitchfork Music Festival Present:
"It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back"
Chicago, IL ? On Thursday, July 17, an important piece of hip-hop history gets its due. Future of Music Coalition, a national non-profit that tackles issues that affect musicians, and the Pitchfork Music Festival will host a discussion about Public Enemy?s It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back. The free event ? which features legendary MC Chuck D, members of PE?s original production team including Hank Shocklee and music media experts ? takes place at 3 PM at the Chicago Cultural Center's Claudia Cassidy Theater.
We just received exciting news that Chuck D — mouthpiece for legendary hip-hop act Public Enemy, will be appearing at FMC and Pitchfork’s “It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back” talk at the Cultural Center on Thursday, July 17.
The event was already gonna be awesome, with Hank and Keith Shocklee — one half of Public Enemy’s production unit, the Bomb Squad — talking about how they fashioned their powerful world of sound. Now, PE’s culturally astute and outspoken frontman Chuck D will join journalist, activist and PE Media Assassin Harry Allen and the Bomb Squad in a lively conversation led by media professor and documentary filmmaker Kembrew McLeod (Copyright Criminals: This Is a Sampling Sport). read more