Philadelphia, PA ? On Saturday, February 23, a bevy of woman-centric bands and DJs will play South Street music hub Tritone. Part of a series of monthly events showcasing female musicians, the show is also in support of ?Rock the Net? ? Future of Music Coalition?s ongoing campaign for net neutrality. Appearing at the ?Sugar Town? concert are Beretta 76, Victor Victor Band, KeN, Surgeon and DJ Chatty Cathy. read more
WASHINGTON, D.C.? Hot on the heels of the release of a collaborative digital EP, irrepressible pop-rockers OK Go and funky New Orleans brass act Bonerama joined forces for a sold-out performance at Washington D.C.?s 9:30 Club on Saturday, February 2. The bands ? who originally met at Future of Music Coalition?s annual Artist Activism Camp in New Orleans ? played energetic sets to raise over $8,000 for New Orleans musicians, including Mardi Gras hero Al ?Carnival Time? Johnson and Sweet Home New Orleans.
OK Go and Bonerama?s new EP, You?re Not Alone, will be available exclusively on iTunes on Tuesday, February 5. All proceeds from the collaboration will go to benefit musicians like Al ?Carnival Time? Johnson, who lost his home and possessions in Hurricane Katrina. read more
WASHINGTON, D.C.â€” On February 2, OK Go and Bonerama will join forces for a benefit at Washington, D.C.’s 9:30 Club. The show is in support of You’re Not Alone, a digital EP the two bands put together after OK Go spent the second anniversary of Hurricane Katrina recording with the New Orleans funk-soul band deep in the city’s Upper 9th Ward. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the EP â€” available exclusively at iTunes â€” will benefit Al “Carnival Time” Johnson and other members of New Orleans’ music community who are still struggling to rebuild their homes and their lives in the wake of Katrina. The five-song mini-album will be released on February 5 â€” Mardi Gras. read more
NEWÂ ORLEANS, LA â€“ Last week,Â two benefit concertsÂ raised over $6,000 for Sweet Home New Orleans â€” a coalition of non-profit organizations that helps find affordable housing and provides rental assistance for the cityâ€™s musicians â€” and Big Easy music legend Al â€œCarnival Timeâ€ Johnson.Â The concerts were the culmination of FMC and ATCâ€™s annual Artist Activism Camp, which brings together established and emerging artists to discuss best practices for artist advocacy. For two days prior to the concerts, the benefitsâ€™ performers toured New Orleans, visiting the Ninth Ward and hearing from some of the cityâ€™s musicians about the efforts to revitalize their music community.
On February 2, Bonerama and OK Go will meet for another benefit, this time at Washington, D.C.â€™s 9:30 Club. The show is in support ofÂ You’re Not Alone, a digital EP the two bands put together after OK Go spent the second anniversary of Hurricane Katrina recording with the New Orleans funk-soul band deep in the cityâ€™s Upper 9th Ward. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the EP â€” available exclusively at iTunes â€” will benefit Al Johnson and other members of New Orleansâ€™ music community who are still struggling to rebuild their homes and their lives in the wake of Katrina. read more
Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We at FMC are fully stuffed, but that hasn’t slowed us down one bit. We’ve got a lot of exciting news to report, including a major staff announcement, a fund-raising house party with Mike Mills of R.E.M., an international conference and legislative movement on several of our core issues.
Jenny Toomey Appointed Program Officer for Media and Cultural Policy at the Ford Foundation
"Hope for Home" House Party to Benefit Al "Carnival Time" Johnson and Sweet Home New Orleans, featuring Mike Mills of R.E.M.— ONLY 10 TICKETSLEFT
Washington, DC – Keeping internet access free and open for musicians and their supporters is the central goal of Rock the Net, a nationwide campaign for network neutrality, whose champions include R.E.M., Death Cab for Cutie, Boots Riley of The Coup, and many more. Next week, singer-songwriter Matt Nathanson will support the cause, in both a teleconference with featured speaker Rep. Jay Inslee (D-WA), and a concert performance. read more
ATT’s slogan is "fewest dropped calls," but that may not apply to people who have anything bad to say about the company. Slashdot is reporting that ATT is reserving the right to cut off service to people that paint the company in a negative light:
"AT&T’s new Terms of Service give AT&T the right to suspend your account and all service "for conduct that AT&T believes"…"(c) tends to damage the name or reputation of AT&T, or its parents, affiliates and subsidiaries." After cooperating with the government’s violations of privacy and liberties, I guess AT&T wants their fair share. AT&T users may want to think twice about commenting if they value their internet service." read more
"It’s time for every musician in America to demand protection from the telecommunications companies and their ‘self regulation.’ We need strong net neutrality laws to protect the openness of the Internet, or our music, our views, and our freedoms will be as silent as the second half of the muted Pearl Jam song."
The Great Spectrum Giveaway
The FCC is giving radio spectrum to community-based non-profit organizations in October. Radio for People, which includes Prometheus Radio, FMC, and Free Press, is assisting groups with the complicated application process, but many obstacles still exist to prevent community groups from breaking into a highly consolidated radio spectrum. by Megan Tady, In These Times, July 18, 2007read more
ATT announced today it would begin filtering pirated music, films and other content from its network—something every ISP had long avoided up until this point. The L.A. Times reportsATT began working with movie studios and record companies last week to develop technology to keep the biggest pirates off its service.