Last week, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) published the highlights of its 2012 Survey of Public Participation, a study which aimed to capture the myriad of ways Americans engaged with the arts over that year. The sixth iteration of a partnership with the U.S. Census Bureau—the first being in 1982, the last in 2008—the most recent survey boasts a sample size of 37,266 and so represents a phenomenal resource through which to see how people are connecting with the arts, as well as being helpful in developing policy initiatives. The NEA plans to make a comprehensive report available in 2014, but in the meantime there are some points of interest worth noting in the current highlights.
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.
On Wednesday, December 13, FMC released a quantitative, 152-page report of the history of radio consolidation called False Premises, False Promises. In honor of the occasion, the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) attempted to discredit the release of an independent analysis—that is, one not written by the industry or its consultants—of the radio industry by distributing a pre-emptive press release that called our research “questionable” and filled with “dubious data”. This is FMC’s point-by-point rebuttal to the NAB’s specious claims. read more
Future of Music Coalition, Newspaper Guild-Communications Workers of America and Consumers Union Urge FCC to Take Employment Effects of Their Policies into Account During Upcoming Review of Media Ownership Rules.
On Friday, November 15, 2002, the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) released a response to our study, which had not yet been released. The NAB’s so-called fact sheet contains a skewed version of the state of the radio industry. Here we present our rebuttal to the NAB’s claims. read more
A copy of a “fact sheet” that the National Association of Broadcasters issued on Friday, November 15, 2002 as a premature response to the release of FMC’s research report Radio Deregulation: Has It Served Citizens and Musicians?
WASHINGTON, DC - The press embargo of our study of radio consolidation was broken today by two newspapers. In response to those news stories the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) has already released a negative assessment of our report. read more