The lineup of speakers for MIDEM 2012 was just made public which means we get to share some exciting news with you: FMC will be part of Visionary Monday on January 30, 2012.
Our kick-ass consultant Kristin Thomson (@kristinthomson) will be presenting some initial, exclusive findings from our Artist Revenue Streams research project. In her talk, Kristin will describe what we have learned through our multi-method research process about the changing relationship between artists and brands. read more
The FMC team gets very excited for SXSW Music Festival each year — Austin Texas rules, and we don’t get enough chances to hang out there. For the past couple of editions of SXSW, the conference dabbled in crowdsourcing programming ideas with it’s Panel Picker, and just like last year, FMC is throwing its hat into the ring with what we think are some killer panel proposals. As of Monday, August 15 at 3 pm, YOU can vote for your favorite ideas (and ours, while you’re at it). read more
Austin, TX – Tito’s Handmade Vodka, the Austin-based maker of award-winning craft-distilled vodka, is proud to announce a new partnership with the Future of Music Coalition (FMC), a national organization that works to ensure a diverse musical culture where artists flourish, musicians are compensated fairly and fans find music they want. Tito’s has selected FMC to receive the proceeds of a new fund drive where Tito’s will donate up to $10,000 in support of the cause of American musicians and a flourishing music culture. read more
Very exciting times here at FMC â€” we’ve got a brand-new website with all the bells and whistles (or most of ‘em, anyway), and we’ve opened up registration for Policy Summit 2009, which takes place October 4-6 at Georgetown University in DC. There’s some other stuff, too, but we won’t spoil it for you… read on for the details!
1. Registration opens for Policy Summit 2009! 2. FMC launches new website
3. â€œJuly Giving Campaign” a huge success, thanks to you!
4. New York State edition of “Same Old Song” radio report
5. Kristin Thomson on Mediageek Radioshow
6. More movement on LPFM 7. Best of FutureBlog round-up 8. HealthCare Remix panel at SEIU 9. How are we doing?
We want YOUR input about FMC events! We'd love it if you could spare about a minute of your time (literally, like 60 seconds) to take a five-question survey about our Policy Summit, and FMC events in general. It's a great way for previous attendees to give feedback, and those who haven't been to our conferences can plug in, too. For your time, we'll automatically enter you into a raffle to win one complimentary registration to Policy Summit 2009 at Georgetown University in DC on October 4-6. . .We know it's Monday morning and everything, but we at FMC are unusually giddy. No, it's not that triple-shot espresso -- although that feels pretty good, too -- we're just excited about FMC's 2009 Policy Summit, which takes place at Georgetown University on October 4-6. read more
A few weeks ago (April 2, 2009, to be exact), FMC released the Principles for Musician Compensation in New Business Models (or "Artist Principles") -- a set of guidelines for ensuring creator compensation in an evolving music landscape. Crafted by artist advocate Ann Chaitovitz with input from over a dozen industry experts, the Principles represent an important first step in ongoing discussions about musicians' revenue streams. You can read the document (and a handy point-by-point translation) here. read more
OK, we know it's been a while since we've talked about net neutrality. But we figured you could use a break. Not that it's not still relevant -- actually, the reason we've blogged about the issue so much in the past is because net neutrality -- the principle that protects the open internet -- is crucial to artists and fans. Today's musicians depend on the web to reach potential audiences without the interference of gatekeepers, toll collectors and middlemen -- which could change if net neutrality goes away. read more
This morning, FMC staff attended an "Open Agenda" meeting at the Federal Communications Commission that outlined steps the agency would take to expand broadband, determine competition in the video marketplace and collect data on female and minority ownership among broadcast station owners.
If there was one theme to emerge from the meeting, it was the need for the agency to do a better job of collecting and analyzing data on the industries it's charged with regulating. (This is something many public interest groups -- including FMC -- have been saying for years.) read more
There's been been a couple of online articles recently (that's one shy of three, which almost makes a trend!) about what "do-it-yourself" means in the era of digital music. So we figured we'd do a little thinking out loud, then turn the floor over to the experts -- in other words, you.
With the advent of user-friendly digital distro services, musicians now have a wide array of relatively inexpensive tools to get their tunes out there. Of course, with fewer gatekeepers and the "democratization" of technology, it also means you probably have to work harder to get noticed -- there's no slick suit who can make it magically happen for you. (And if there is, maybe s/he can give us a call?) read more