As we begin the final countdown to this year’s Future of Music Policy Summit, as one of maybe four people who have been at each and every event, I wanted to highlight some of the reasons why you should join us next Monday and Tuesday at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. Register here!read more
Amazingly, the Future of Music Policy Summit is just one week away, and here at the office we’re hustling hard to make sure all the last minute details are in order. This is FMC’s fourteenth summit event, and my fifth, and after looking at this amazing lineup I think it’s the most exciting installment yet. The schedule is so packed with brilliant people that it’s hard to pick out highlights, but here’s a few sessions I’m going to be sure not to miss. If you haven’t registered yet, now is the time!
It’s been said that hiphop is the most influential cultural movement of the past fifty years. But as the once-marginalized genre has achieved worldwide commercial success, it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that hiphop was born out of the creativity of young people taking the tools of cultural production into their own hands. And many youth music organizations around the country still embody that community-focused spirit.
As we prepare for this year’s Policy Summit (October 27-28, 2014), we found ourselves looking at some reports from past Summits and rediscovered some rave reviews from past attendees that might help you better understand what you will get out of attending this year’s event.
In a nutshell: attendees gain knowledge, inspiration, ideas, new friends and contacts, stronger community, and better understand why it’s so important that everyone working in music today knows how national policy affects how money is made—and how you can make sure your voice is heard!
Hello everyone! I am MT, FMC’s Policy Intern for this fall. The Policy Summit is right around the corner, and while we’re all working hard to get the word out about what will be going on during those two intense days, I’m also excited about attending myself in my capacity as a student of Government and American Musical Culture at Georgetown. These are my picks:read more
Arcade Fire. Magnetic Fields. Neutral Milk Hotel. Bands like these have helped define the adventurous spirit of independent music. But where would they be without the help of their independent label, Merge Records? The Durham, North Carolina-based label is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year with special events and reissues of classic albums from its back catalog. Now there’s another reason to celebrate: Future of Music Coalition will be honoring Merge at our 2014 Future of Music Honors event on Monday October 27.
On October 6, 2014, the Supreme Court made headlines by declining to hear several cases where federal appeals courts had upheld same-sex marriage rights on constitutional grounds, effectively making marriage equality the law of the land in several more states. On Tuesday, the 9th Circuit federal appeals court followed suit by rejecting same-sex marriage bans in Idaho and Nevada. But despite all these quickly moving changes, there are a still a number of federal laws that have yet to be updated to ensure that the federal government treats same-sex marriages equally. One proposed update is of particular interest to musicians, songwriters, and other creative professionals.
Hey people! Casey Rae here. Well, it’s that time of year again. And I’m not talking about “pumpkin spice” in everything. I’m talking about the 14th Future of Music Policy Summit, which takes place on Oct. 27-28 at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. read more
The court fights involving the use of recordings made before February 15, 1972 continue to rage on. Earlier, we told you about a ruling from a California court in a case brought by Flo & Eddie (formerly of the Turtles) against satellite broadcaster SiriusXM. Now the duo has filed another suit, this time against Pandora. (There is also separate litigation from the major labels against Pandora and SiriusXM in other courts). read more