Clip: Future of Music Coalition
- The Future of Music Coalition's been particularly vocal opposing the new
internet music royalties. Jenny Toomey issues periodic statements which I
can forward when I get 'em if there's interest.
Pitchfork also has news of the Minus 5/Wilco album. The list of guests is
interesting -- Rebecca Gates, Sean O'Hagan of the High Llamas, Christy
McWilson and former Jayhawks fiddler Jessy Greene.
Fugazi, TMBG, Patti Smith To Discuss The Future of Music in D.C.
Evil, capitalist artists refuse to accept that art should be free
Nikhil Swaminathan reports:
Fugazi, Patti Smith, and John Flansburgh of They Might Be Giants will all
be in Washington, D.C. on January 5-7 for the Future of Music Coalition's
Policy Summit 2003. Before you click over to Ticketmaster: this is not some
weird music festival. The purpose of the non-profit coalition is to
"educate the media, policymakers, and the public about music/technology
issues, while also bringing together diverse voices in an effort to come up
with creative solutions to some of the challenges in this space."
Moderating the discussion is Fugazi frontman and Dischord Records founder
Ian MacKaye, who will head talks on pirating and marketing on the Internet,
the nature of intellectual property, and the current state of the industry.
Other forums scheduled for the symposium include "Musicians and Health
Insurance", "The Search for a Legitimate Digital Marketplace", and "Major
Labels: Can They Innovate?" Rejected topics include "Handling the
Transistion from Relevent Artist to Has-Been", "Independent Music: What Is
That, Exactly?" and a fiery Flansburgh rant entitled "You're Not the Boss
Other panelists and participants at the summit represent the legal realm,
media, music distribution, radio, and academia. Senator Russ Feingold
(D-WI) and Representative Howard Berman (D-CA) will deliver keynote
speeches. Berman is the Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Subcommittee
on Courts, the Internet and Intellectual Property: his views and
jurisdiction are of extreme importance to musicians and computer-savvy fans.
Last year's conference featured appearances by The Mendoza Line's Timothy
Bracy, Jason Caddell of The Dismemberment Plan, and Girls Against Boys
bassist/Akashic Books owner Johnny Temple, in addition to MacKaye. If you
are interested in helping the non-profit FMC in furthering their agenda or
in reading about issues facing the industry, head to futureofmusic.org.
In related news, They Might Be Giants and Patti Smith each have some east
coast dates before the great shout-off:
They Might Be Giants:
12-27 New York, NY - Irving Plaza
12-28 New York, NY - Irving Plaza
12-28 Asbury Park, NJ - Stone Pony Asbury Park
12-30 New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
12-31 New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
.: Pitchfork Review: Fugazi: The Argument
.: Pitchfork Review: They Might Be Giants: No!
.: Pitchfork Review: Patti Smith: Gung Ho
.: Future of Music Coalition: http://www.futureofmusic.org
.: Fugazi: http://www.southern.com/southern/band/FUGAZ
.: They Might Be Giants: http://www.tmbg.com/froMain.html
.: Patti Smith: http://www.pattismithland.com