FMC in the News: 2016

Latino Civil Rights Groups, Media Coalition Take Aim at SiriusXM Shifting Eight Latin Music Stations

June 3, 2016

SiriusXM’s decision to eliminate the satellite broadcast of 80 percent of their Latin music channels comes at a time when diversity in media is wanting. We know that music is a powerful means to shape our culture and give voice to those marginalized. At a time when Latinos are most misunderstood and fighting constant attacks, SiriusXM is turning their backs on us,” said Kumar in a statement.

Voto Latino and NHMC are among other organizations including the National Organizing Director at the Future of Music Coalition, Del Records and the National Day Laborer Organizing Network to voice opposition to SiriusXM’s decision. read more

FCC Asked to Open Formal Proceeding on Zero Rating Plans

May 24, 2016

The FCC’s process in this critical area would be immeasurably enriched by the participation of diverse stakeholders, many of whose input helped shape the Open Internet rules,” they said. “Together, we stand ready to contribute to your careful evaluation of this important issue, to protect an Open Internet where innovation, competition and civil rights can thrive.” read more

Musicians Stand Up for Fair Play Fair Pay

May 23, 2016

As musicFIRST, the Future of Music Coalition and others like legal scholar Jeffrey Toobin in a recent New Yorker opinion arguing for Fair Play Fair Pay mention, the rise of Internet and satellite radio (which do pay performance rights in most cases) have complicated the marketplace and created uneven systems of compensation that give unfair economic advantage to larger commercial radio stations.


A New Cause for Funders: Helping Bands Fix the Tour Van

May 12, 2016

It’s tough to make a living from artistic pursuits, and music is no exception. The nonprofit Future of Music Coalition conducted a study that found the vast majority of musicians are working or middle-class earners, and more than half of musicians surveyed make less than $25,000 a year from their music, and about a quarter make less than $5,000. Another FMC survey found that in 2013 (pre-Obamacare), 43 percent didn’t have health insurance.


Futures of Music

April 11, 2016

I’m super happy that Future of Music Coalition exists. They’re doing important work in DC with policy. Those are slower things to change but also very important. I’m excited that Bandcamp is hiring really great writers. I’m not certain bands should be using it as their entire store, but if it’s another digital outlet, I think that’s awesome, and one that does discovery, even better. There’s Distrokid, which is cool. You pay $20 a year and you can release as much as you want through their system to all of the digital outlets in the world, there’s no percentage taken. 


Health Insurance is Still a Work-in-Progress for Artists and Performer

March 9, 2016

In 2013, prior to the beginning of many of the major provisions in the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Future of Music Coalition (FMC) and the Artists’ Health Insurance Resource Center conducted an online survey of US-based artists about their access to insurance. The survey found that, of the 3,402 artist respondents, 43 percent did not currently have health insurance.


Democracy in Peril: Twenty Years of Media Consolidation Under the Telecommunications Act

February 11, 2016

Radio has seen an equally appalling consolidation, which has been horrendous for both news media and music. In 1995, before the Telecommunications Act was passed, companies were not allowed to own more than 40 radio stations. “Since passage of the 1996 Telecommunications Act, Clear Channel [now called iHeartMedia] has grown from 40 stations to 1,240 stations - 30 times more than congressional regulation previously allowed,” according to a report from the Future of Music Coalition.