Air-Traffic Control and the Future of Music Coalition are institutions that exist to help musicians to play a part in social justice, having assembled a web of people and resources that allow them to more cohesively and effectively collaborate with each other and with other social institutions.
Since 2006, the two organizations have been teaming up for “artist activism” retreats in New Orleans. The retreats give artists—some already known for their activism, such as Tom Morello, Mike Mills of R.E.M., and Boots Riley of the Coup—an opportunity to interact with and directly benefit New Orleans and our people in this post-Katrina and BP oil disaster city.
The Dear NOLA Benefit Concert, which raises money for the Louisiana nonprofit organizations Sweet Home New Orleans and Gulf Restoration Network, goes down February 17 at Blue Nile in New Orleans. The New Orleans brass band Bonerama will play with guests like Mirah, members of Rogue Wave and DeVotchKa, DJ Spooky, Cody ChesnuTT, Sage Francis, Dead Prez’s M1, and Tsunami’s Jenny Toomey and Kristin Thomson.
Ho-Ho-Holeee crap, it’s December already! To celebrate the season of giving, FMC is once again asking our friends, supporters, peers, associates, moms, dads, second cousins and any one else within earshot to contribute to our humble organization.
Earlier this month, Member of Parliment Charlie Angus spoke about his campaign to help the kids of James Bay when he was a featured speaker at the Future of Music Coalition policy symposium in Washington. He was surprised to find himself on the agenda along with musicians like T Bone Burnett, but there he was – the punk rocker turned politician.
Along with speaking about the rights of musicians in the digital age, Mr. Angus said the participants wanted to hear about the plight of youth on James Bay. There was so much interest that later this week he is holding a conference call with the principals of the coalition to see what can be done to help. Although it’s early days they are looking at mentorship programs with American musicians or appearances by U.S. bands. read more
From November 16-21, Words, Beats and Life is presenting Remixing the Art of Social Change, an ambitious hip-hop teach-in with an international approach. Folks from around the world are coming together in various venues in Washington, DC to participate in a unique experience that’s both action-oriented and community-based. The teach-in will focus on the tools and resources necessary to develop curriculum, programs and artistic and scholarly work based on hip-hop culture. read more
We’re a bit late on sending out the Future of Music newsletter, but we needed to kick back after October’s INCREDIBLE Future of Music Policy Summit. Not that we got much downtime — we’ve been busy getting the Summit archives together and participating in all manner of music-tech-policy activities. Business as usual, in other words…
[This post was co-authored by FMC Policy Intern Eric Perrott]
There’s no doubt that the 10th Anniversary Future of Music Policy Summit (Oct. 3-5, 2010) sparked plenty of conversations and even some controversy. Topping the list of the latter was the onstage chat between award-winning musician/producer T. Bone Burnett and music scribe Greg Kot of Chicago Tribune. Any press is good press, but we’re wondering if maybe some of the articles missed T Bone’s overall point. read more
Judging from the number of emails we’ve been getting, you’re all interested in recapping the amazing 10th Anniversary Future of Music Policy Summit, which took place at Georgetown University in Washington D.C., from Oct 3-5, 2010.
Well, we’ve got good news: the first batch of high-quality videos have been awesome-ized by our pals at web.illish.us, and we’ve got ‘em right here for your edification/enjoyment. And there’s there’s more on the way, so stay tuned.
Producer/musician T Bone Burnett in conversation with Greg Kot of Chicago Tribuneread more