On Monday and Tuesday, musicians and policymakers gathered at Georgetown again for the summit’s 15th iteration, this time in Lohrfink Auditorium in the Rafik B. Hariri Building. Many of the pressing issues discussed, including music streaming, data, artist compensation and artist advocacy, stemmed from the same discussions at the 2000 summit.
“It’s not like we’ve come out of summit for 15 years with a five-point plan of how we’ll fix the music industry,” Rae said. “But we do promote a more diverse industry that isn’t just one model — respect for artists who aren’t and don’t want to compete at a Taylor Swift, Beyoncé level.”
In order for ASCAP and BMI to effectively compete with SESAC and to most efficiently service their members, their licensees and the general public, the Consent Decrees need modification. First, ASCAP and BMI must be permitted to allow the partial withdrawal of rights by its members, particularly its publisher members. The Consent Decrees have to date been construed to allow publisher members to either use ASCAP or BMI for ALL of their performance rights or for NONE. See Broadcast Music, Inc. V. Pandora Media, Inc. 13 CIV. 4037 (LLS), 2013 WL 6697788 (S.D.N.Y. Dec 19, 2013); see also ASCAP-BMI Consent DecreesFuture of Music Coalition (October 3, 2014).
Ariel Hyatt specializes in digital public relations. She has caught the attention of CNN, Wired, Billboard, Hypebot, and the Washington Post with her unique brand of advice about the uses and misuses of social media. She is in demand at SXSW, the Future of Music Coalition, Grammy Camp, and ASCAP’s I Create Music, among others. Hyatt has also made important contributions to music business studies in the US through her collaborations, for example, with The Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at NYU, Belmont, MTSU, and Berklee.
The ad in a publication widely read on Capitol Hill is running just as the Future of Music Coalition concluded its annual Policy Summit in Washington. At the event, musicians and songwriters spoke about organizing to enact changes in the way they are paid at a time when Congress, federal regulators and the courts are examining different parts of the music ecosystem.
WASHINGTON — After years of hanging their heads or sitting on the sidelines as disruptive digital forces chipped away at the music industry’s bottom line, working-class musicians and songwriters are starting to embrace the power of banding together and agitating for change, whether it’s engaging lawmakers to influence policy or joining coalitions that will fight for their interests. At the Future of Music Coaltion’s 15th annual Music Policy Summit here, the unofficial theme that emerged was a need to organize and rally to bring about real changes in the way musicians and songwriters are compensated in an evolving industry. read more
If you’re not following the saga of the song “Happy Birthday To You,” the piece on the Future Of Music Coalition’s site titled “Happy Birthday to You – A Chapter Closes in A High-Profile Copyright Saga” sums up the legal situation in some detail. The story itself gives insight into how complicated copyright ownership can be, and amidst other stories explaining how the original composers, Mildred and Patty Hill, actually wanted the song to be part of the public domain, the question of who should own the rights to the song get even more convoluted. read more
This week on the podcast we’re sitting down with DC’s Jonny Grave in advance of his Third Annual Halloween Circus at taking place at the Black Cat in Washington, DC this weekend. Part bluesman, part historian, and all heart, Jonny shares his love of music, DC, history and much, much more. First though, fresh off two days at this year’s Future Of Music Coalition Policy Summit, Kevin shares some brief thoughts on the conference, the organization, and what it all means to you, (especially if you’re a musician). And finally, following a hot tip from Random Nerds’ Bryce Taylor Rudow (@brycetrudow), we’re playing a track from Columbia, MD rapper K.A.A.N.’s most excellent mixtape, Abstract Art. read more
Ahead of a key vote on net neutrality regulations at the European Parliament on 27 October 2015, Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the protocols that made the World Wide Web a reality, and founding director of the Web Foundation, has appealed to members of the European Parliament (MEPs) to adopt stronger amendments and close a number of loopholes.
Also criticizing the European Union plan are Demand Progress, Fight for the Future, Free Press, and the Future of Music Coalition, the same groups that fought for the Title II-based approach to net neutrality rules the FCC adopted.
The Pandora settlement had been considered likely after the Sirius settlement, but it still means “people can exhale,” said Future of MusicCEOCasey Rae. “Having tensions between the U.S.’ biggest webcaster and the music community on this issue isn’t productive.” The Pandora settlement covers only past performances of pre-1972 recordings, but it gives Pandora until the end of 2016 to reach licensing agreements with the labels. Pandora, like Sirius, appears to have decided to settle based entirely on a “cost-benefit” analysis of the legal landscape that showed they were likely to face similar lawsuits across the country, said Dina LaPolt of LaPolt Law, an IP and entertainment law firm. read more