Previous attendees know that the Future of Music Summit is the only conference that makes the connection between musicians and fans, policymakers and academics, legal experts and technologists, media professionals and entrepreneurs. Summit 2013 puts creators front-and-center on issues ranging from the economics of cultural production to healthcare to musicians making a difference in their communities and beyond. Join us in Washington, for two jam-packed days of discussion that highlight the experiences of musicians, songwriters and others whose inspiration and ingenuity is shaping the future of music.
This year, we’re thrilled to announce the inaugural FMC Honors, which celebrates pioneers who have made meaningful contributions to the music community—especially those working directly with artists on the issues that matter most to them.
This one-of-a-kind event highlights three categories of leaders who have demonstrated consistent commitment to music and social change. Help celebrate their service along with exciting music performances at the inaugural Future of Music Honors. Legendary guitarist and songwriter Wayne Kramer (MC5) and his all-star friends will bring a raucous energy to the occasion with musical performances.
Honorees have demonstrated their commitment to ensuring a healthy and diverse music
ecosystem that rewards creators and fans. The following honorees will be celebrated at
the “dress to express” event. We’ve got some exciting, one-of-a-kind tabling opportunities—click here to learn more.
Voice of Social Change
Wayne Kramer, MC5, Co-Founder, Jail Guitar Doors USA
A true music legend, Wayne Kramer is much more than a widely respected sonic
innovator, composer and performer. He is also a devoted activist who has channeled his
personal journey into a commitment to social change spanning decades. Guided by a deep
belief in the power of personal transformation through music, Wayne’s work with the
incarcerated through the nonprofit Jail Guitar Doors serves as an inspiration for artists
everywhere to use their platforms to make a real difference. Future of Music Honors is
thrilled to recognize Wayne’s founding role and ongoing leadership in Jail Guitar Doors
USA, as well as his lifelong commitment to creative expression.
Voices of Policy
Sen. John McCain, Sen. Maria Cantwell, Rep. Mike Doyle, Rep. Lee Terry
Four Congressional leaders fought for nearly a decade to eliminate government
restrictions limiting the availability of true community radio in towns and cities across
the country. Through their tireless commitment to a diversity of expression on the
American airwaves, these legislative champions pushed for and helped pass the Local
Community Radio Act of 2010, which empowers the Federal Communications
Commission (FCC) to issue thousands of new licenses to low power FM radio
broadcasters in markets where quality local radio has long been absent. This fall, the FCC
makes this once-in-a-generation a reality for community groups to apply for licenses and
bring “live and local” back to the dial. Future of Music Honors celebrates these
Congressional heroes for providing an exemplary example of nonpartisan, fact-based
policymaking that will positively impact local cultural communities. Their willingness to
consider the perspectives of musicians and other local radio supporters and enthusiasts
proves that real change can happen when cultural ambassadors have a seat at the table.
Voices of Advocacy
Ann Chaitovitz, Hal Ponder, Patricia Polach, John Simson
Voices of Advocacy honorees have devoted their careers to serving the music
community, working towards solutions and building bridges in the often-bumpy
transition from an analog to a largely digital music industry. Through consistent
engagement and boundless expertise, these champions have advanced the artists’ cause in
some of the most complex and contentious policy debates of the millennium. For
decades, our honorees have pushed tirelessly for the equitable treatment of creators and
the need for those involved in the music industry’s ongoing evolution to take the
experiences of musicians and composers into account. From sustainable business models
for musicians to creators’ rights to the ability to more easily travel with instruments, these
advocates continue to make a difference in the lives of musical artists from every
background and discipline.
For questions regarding the Future of Music Coalition Honors event, please contact Michelle DelaRosa at 703-506-2021.
See you in October!