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.
Michael explained why net neutrality — the principle that protects the open internet — is so important to musicians and fans. The issue on a lot of minds in the wake of a recent District Court of Appeals decision that tossed out the FCC's presumed regulatory authority over the internet. Michael described how the FCC might move forward with crafting net neutrality rules that will safeguard innovation and inspire more legal, licensed music services. Check it out here (it's episode #229).
FMC Education Director Kristin Thomson appeared on a CD Baby podcast to discuss artist access to radio, and the underlying policies that have made it increasingly difficult for independent and local artists to get airplay on commercial stations. She also described initiatives to bring true local radio to more American towns and cities via expansion of Low Power FM service. You can download the podcast here (it's episode #088).
Go team FMC!