Is the idea that musicians should be allowed to participate fully in our country’s economy unrealistic? I hope not; though—barring the introduction of a completely new economy that treats musicians as valuable members of society—I believe it will require a sea change. We will need to demystify the music industry and the nitty gritty of what it means to be a professional musician. We need: read more
Everyday brings new concerns about data in the online realm. From high-profile hacking incidents to issues around the use of personal information, our migration to digital platforms has tested traditional ideas about privacy. These developments also affect musicians and fans, especially as music is increasingly accessed via mobile devices, “apps” and social networks. read more
Here at FMC, we’re intrigued by the potential of “cloud music”— from mobile apps to remote storage lockers to sites and services that facilitate discovery and collaboration. When you look at recent developments, it seems that the future for digital music may be headed off of hard drives and into the cloud. When we say “intrigued,” we mean it: after all, we keep keepwritingaboutit. read more
Future of Music Coalition; National Association of Media Arts & Culture; Fractured Atlas
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Every member of the arts community has been impacted by the unprecedented challenges and opportunities proffered by technology. This paper briefly examines some of the challenges and opportunities presented by the digital era, and also suggests how the development and maintenance of certain digital infrastructure is critical to a successful and resilient 21st century arts and cultural sector.
On November 3, 2009, FMC Education Director Kristin Thomson participated in a “public interest panel” on media ownership organized by the FCC?s Media Bureau in advance of their 2010 media ownership rulemaking proceedings.