It comes as no surprise to musicians any more that they need to manage their own careers in a different way than they used to. Instead of making great music, then trying to obtain a manager, a publicist, an agent, a record deal, etc., events like FMC’s Policy Summit help educate musicians about how they are going to manage their own careers. To paraphrase Amaechi Uzoigwe of Definitive Jux Records on Sunday, “being a musician today is like running a small business.” At OurStage, we want to encourage musicians to use our platform and various tools to advance their musical career so that they can grab hold of another rung and move up the ladder of success. read more
MMT is officially declaring October as the Future of Music Month. There was a full house at the 10th Anniversary Future of Music Policy Summit on Sunday, with much more to come over the next two days. If you can’t make it to Georgetown University, there will be live webcasts of all mainstage programming on Monday and Tuesday at http://web.illish.us. read more
Our good friends at the Future of Music Coalition (FMC) are hosting their annual Policy Summit next week in Washington, D.C. Several of us from Fractured Atlas will be attending and/or appearing on panels. This will be the third summit I’ve attended and I highly recommend it for anyone who likes to geek-out on topics at the intersection of culture, technology, and policy. read more
New Orleans’ Bonerama has confirmed a special evening of music for October 4. The group will perform at Washington, DC’s Black Cat as part of the Dear New Orleans Benefit concert. A variety of guess will sit in with the band throughout the night, including: Damian Kulash (OKgo), Jenny Toomy (Tsunami), Franklin Bruno, Hank Shocklee (The Bomb Squad), Jonny 5 (Flobots), Wonderlick, Rebecca Gates (The Spinanes) and others. The show will also coincide with the Future of Music Coalition Policy Summit.
The world had begun to buzz with questions about where music was headed (What are we going to do about piracy? Will record labels still exist?), but the discussions rarely seemed to include the people actually creating the music, and the FMC wanted to see that gap bridged.
“We were simply trying a new thing at the time,” says Casey Rae-Hunter, the FMC’s Communications Director. “Bring policymakers and other influencers into a space with creators who are impacted by those decisions and see what happens!” read more
Some of the biggest names in music and the Writers Guild of America, East are urging the White House and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to act immediately to secure Net Neutrality and protect the future of music. The diverse list of musicians include: Jackson Browne, R.E.M. the Roots, Rosanne Cash, OK Go, Moby, Bonnie Raitt and Jamie Kitman, the manager of OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Doughty, and Mike Viola. read more
R.E.M., JACKSONBROWNE and MOBY have joined forces in an effort to halt a corporate takeover of the Internet by big telecommunications firms like Verizon and Google.
The three acts, the Roots, Bonnie Raitt and Rosanne Cash are among the musicians and writers urging America’s Federal Communications Commission officials to “act immediately to secure Net neutrality and a free and open Internet and protect the future of music.”
The Federal Communications Commission is meeting right now, and net neutrality isn’t on the agenda.
But don’t tell that to R.E.M, Bonny Raitt, Moby or the public interest group Free Press.
Musicians are asking fans on Twitter, Facebook and fan sites to tell FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski to proceed with an order on how Internet service providers treat content on their networks. Those musicians, with Free Press, MoveOn.org Political Action and Future of Music Coalition, launched the campaign as the agency takes comments until early November on a net neutrality rule. read more
Many of the biggest names in music have joined with the Writers Guild of America East to urge the White House and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to act immediately to secure Net Neutrality and protect the future of music. The diverse list of musicians include; Jackson Browne, R.E.M. the Roots, Rosanne Cash, OK Go, Moby, Bonnie Raitt and Jamie Kitman, the manager of OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Doughty, and Mike Viola. read more