Official Filings

As part of our mission to make sure that artists' and musicians' voices are not left out of the policy debate, FMC regularly prepares and submits public comments, documents, and testimony to the appropriate rulemaking bodies. In these documents, the FMC strives to inject the debate with information about how policies can affect artists and the public at large.

July 15, 2010

FMC Comments in the FCC's Broadband Legal Framework Proceedings

Musicians and other creators depend on open internet platforms and access to broadband technology

On July 15, 2010 Future of Music Coalition filed comments in the FCC’s Notice of Inquiry in the Matter of a Framework for Broadband Internet Service.

In this proceeding, the FCC is soliciting the perspectives of stakeholders and the public as it considers a “reclassification” of broadband internet service to a different Title of the Telecommunications Act. A new regulatory approach is being evaluated due to a court decision that invalidated the Commission’s previously held legal assumptions regarding its statutory authority over the internet.

Without regulatory clarity, the FCC is unable to prevent discriminatory practices by Internet Service Providers. It also limits the Commission’s ability to implement key provisions in the National Broadband Plan meant would bring affordible, high-speed internet service to underserved American communities.

Our comments demonstrate how musicians — as well as other creators and arts groups — depend on open internet structures to reach potential audiences, grow their businesses and continue enrich our culture. We also cite the availability of broadband service as key to a sustainable 21st century music ecosystem.

For more information on FMC’s perspectives on internet policy, see our Rock the Net campaign.

Official Filing
July 12, 2010

FMC 2010 Media Ownership Review Comments

A look at radio station ownership consolidation in context of the FCC's quadrennial review of media ownership rules

On July 12, 2010, Future of Music Coalition filed comments in the Federal Communications Commission’s 2010 Media Ownership Review proceedings. [GN 09-182]

Our remarks focus on the history of consolidation in radio station ownership in the wake of the 1996 Telecommunications Act, and its impact on the FCC’s goals of localism, competition and diversity on the public airwaves. The comments utilize data from a number of FMC studies on the radio industry, all of which can be viewed here. They also make specific recommendations about ways that the FCC could advance its goals while nurturing for a robust commercial radio environment with more opportunity for musicians to be heard.

Official Filing
May 21, 2010

FMC Comments on Issues Concerning the Termination of Transfer of Copyright

Future of Music Coalition filed these reply comments with the Copyright Office in their Notice of Public Inquiry on the “termination of transfer” of copyrights.

Under the 35-year reversion terms of the 1976 Copyright Act, copyrights made after Jan. 1, 1978 are eligible to once again become the creator’s property. The comments also address the so called “gap” in the termination clause, in which songs composed under exclusive songwriting aggrements with publishers may fall in between the 56-year termination provisions of the previous 1909 Act and the 35-year terms of its 1976 successor.

Official Filing
March 24, 2009

Future of Music Coalition's Comments to the Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC)

In the matter of the Federal effort against intellectual property infringment via the Joint Strategic Plan

Official Filing
January 14, 2010

Comments of Independent Creator Organizations in FCC Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Preserving an Open Internet

Groups underscore the importance of net neutrality to a legitimate and competitive digital marketplace

American Composers Forum; American Music Center; Center for Creative Voices in Media; Film Independent; Fractured Atlas; Future of Music Coalition, International Documentary Association, International Music Manager?s Forum; Just Plain Folks; Meet the Composer; Nacional Records; National Alliance for Media Art and Culture; Writers Guild of America West

On January 14, 2010, a broad array of independent creator organizations, including Future of Music Coalition, filed comments in the FCC’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Preserving an Open Internet. The comments demonstrated the need for enforceable net neutrality rules to ensure that all creators — regardless of size, affiliation or category — can compete in a legitimate digital marketplace.

Official Filing
Tags: FCC, Rock the Net
November 20, 2009

Testimony of Jean Cook at the New York City Council Committee on Technology and Government

Remarks demonstrate the importance of open internet structures for musicians

Jean Cook
Official Filing
November 3, 2009

FMC Statement at FCC Workshop on Media Ownership Proceeding

Kristin Thomson a panelist at FCC Public Interest Panel

Kristin Thomson
Official Filing
Tags: data, research
September 23, 2009

FMC Reply Comments in MusicFIRST's Petition to the FCC

Regarding the Matter of Broadcasters' Behavior Relating to the Performance Rights Act of 2009

Michael Bracy; FMC
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September 16, 2009

FMC and Center for Creative Voices in Media (CCV) File Joint Intervenor Brief in Fox vs. FCC

Nos. 06-1760-ag, 06-3750-ag, 06-5358-ag

Andrew Schwartzman, FMC, CCV
Official Filing
September 17, 2009

Statement of Michael Bracy, Policy Director, Future of Music Coalition

National Broadband Plan Workshops, Federal Communications Commission

Michael Bracy
Official Filing
September 17, 2009

Statement of Alex Shapiro, Composer

National Broadband Plan Workshops, Federal Communications Commission

Alex Shapiro


Official Filing
July 2, 2008

FMC Files Brief to Protect Creative Expression

Official Filing
Tags: free speech
June 11, 2008

FMC Files Reply Comments in FCC Localism Proceeding

Official Filing
Tags: A2IM, FCC
March 11, 2008

Damian Kulash from OK Go's Testimony on Network Neutrality

Written Testimony Submitted for House Judiciary Anti-Trust Task Force Hearing

Official Filing
March 11, 2008

Damian Kulash from OK Go's Spoken Testimony on Network Neutrality

House Judiciary Anti-Trust Task Force Hearing

Official Filing
July 13, 2007

Request for FCC Declaratory Ruling on Clear Channel

Future of Music Coalition
Official Filing
June 27, 2007

FMC Testimony Submitted to House Small Business Committee on Webcasting Rates

Hearing: "Assessing the Impact of the Copyright Royalty Board Decision to Increase Royalty Rates on Recording Artists and Webcasters"

Official Filing
December 11, 2006

Testimony of Jenny Toomey Presented at FCC Media Ownership Hearing

FCC Media Ownership Hearing, Belmont University, Nashville, TN

Official Filing
Tags: FCC, Jenny Toomey
October 23, 2006

FMC Comments Filed in FCC Broadcast Ownership Proceeding

Do Radio Companies Offer More Variety When They Exceed the Local Ownership Cap?

Peter DiCola
Official Filing