The internet-fueled debate about the pros and cons of Spotify went another round last week, with contributions by David Byrne, Dave Allen, Jay Frank, Bob Lefsetz and Fast Company. I read them all, as I’ve done with the previous public debates about whether Spotify is a good or bad thing for musicians. As an indie record label owner and a long-time advocate for musicians, I care deeply about these debates and, more importantly, about ensuring musicians and songwriters are fairly compensated for their work.
Today, I posted a long-ish thought piece about this on Music Think Tank. Instead of focusing on the arguments about the fraction-of-a-penny rate per play, the article suggests some other changes to these music services that might make a substantive difference for musicians, songwriters and fans.
For this edition of FMC's "Behind the Policy Summit" series, we're traveling across the pond to introduce you to another fabulous speaker at Future of Music Policy Summit 2009. Today's victim, er, subject is Brian Message — a partner in Courtyard Management (the team representing Radiohead, Supergrass and the 22-20s, among others). In addition to his high-profile management duties, Brian is also the newly appointed chairman of the Music Managers Forum in the UK. read more
"Behind the Policy Summit" series, we're very excited to introduce not one, but two speakers with whom you're probably already familiar. But let's talk about 'em anyway!
The Senate's newest member, Al Franken(D-MN) is on board for the Future of Music Policy Summit (Oct. 4-6, Georgetown University, Washington, DC). Senator Franken will deliver a keynote about one of our favorite topics, net neutrality. We've seen the Senator in action in some of his earlier committee hearings (he actually brought up net neutrality during Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor's confirmation process), and we're very much looking forward to his comments about preserving the open internet. read more
With FMC's 2009 Policy Summit just around the corner (Georgetown University in DC, Oct. 4-6), we figured it's a great time to get you better acquainted with some of the awesome speakers we have lined up for this year's event.
First up is Ian Rogers ofTopspin Media -- a digital visionary who's helping to shape the future of music. read more