Casey Rae is the CEO of the Future of Music Coalition, a Washington, D.C.-based advocacy nonprofit. (He’s also the former music editor of this paper.) One of the coalition’s most successful projects is the 2006 report “False Premises, False Promises,” which traces the effects of the 1996 Telecommunications Act on the radio industry. read more
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.
IF I RULED THE BLOGOSPHERE: Hip-Hop Blogs and Social Change will feature prominent hip-hop bloggers in a dynamic conversation about how artists are gaining traction online, the impact of technology on music promotion and how bloggers and artists can raise awareness about important issues in the hip-hop community and beyond.