Future of Music Coalition Policy Summit 2009 Audio from the BlackRadioIsBack.com Crew!

FMC Policy Summit 09

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For the past few days, the crew was over at Georgetown University for the 8th Future of Music Policy Summit held by The Future of Music Coalition (a D.C.-based nonprofit that advocates for musicians).

Here is some information from the Future of Music Coalition's website about their mission:
Future of Music Coalition is a national nonprofit organization that works to ensure a diverse musical culture where artists flourish, are compensated fairly for their work, and where fans can find the music they want.

Founded in June 2000 by musicians, artist advocates, technologists and legal experts, Future of Music Coalition works to ensure that musicians have a voice in the issues that affect their livelihood.

’s work is rooted in the real-world experiences and ambitions of working musicians, whose perspectives are often overlooked in policy debates. Over the years, FMC has provided an important forum for discussion about issues at the intersection of music, technology, policy and law. Guided by a firm conviction that public policy has real impact on the lives of both musicians and fans, FMC advocates for a balanced approach to music in the digital age — one that reflects the interests of all stakeholders, and not just the powerful few. By documenting historic and emerging trends in the music industry, FMC has become a trusted voice in the ongoing dialog about the challenges and opportunities facing today’s musicians. In fighting for a legitimate digital music marketplace and a broadcast media that values local and independent culture, FMC helps establish a healthier music ecosystem.

FMC’s work falls into three program areas – education, research and advocacy.
FMC actualizes its mission through a number of activities. We organize events that bring hundreds of musicians, technologists, attorneys, policymakers and industry representatives together for cutting-edge discussions about the changing music landscape, making sure to include a variety of voices in the conversation. We submit testimony, publish articles and speak on panels to make sure the creators’ experience is heard. We distill and translate information for musicians, and keep musicians informed about the changing music landscape. Finally, we generate original research to more completely illuminate the mechanics of the music industry.
A lot of great information was given in panels and discussions during this event that affect all forms & genres of music policy, distribution and ways to make income, especially in the internet age.

Here is the audio and descriptions from the 2 days that we were able to attend the Future of Music Policy Summit (it concluded on Tuesday, October 6, 2009) from all of the panels - feel free to listen to it & share with other who may learn something from it! :)

To see the video of the last day for FREE via a live stream, go here.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Welcome Speech (download)

Music 2.0: How Musicians Can Use Technologies to Promote and Distribute Their Work (download)

Thanks to the internet, there are now a mind-boggling array of tools and services that help musicians and independent labels promote, distribute and sell their music. But which services work? What are the best strategies for promotion?

Which are compensating musicians, labels and songwriters, and how? This workshop starts witha virtual tour of many of the existing business models and includes a conversation with marketing experts who are involved in some of today’s most exciting music technology platforms.


Kristin Thomson - Education Director, Future of Music Coalition
Jed Carlson - Co-founder/COO, ReverbNation

Super Social: Promotion and Networking Success Stories (download)

With every passing month, there are even more new social networking tools that musicians can use to promote their music and reach out to fans. Now the problem is one of abundance: which ones work? To what should musicians dedicate their resources and time?

In this not-to-be-missed workshop, two of the smartest social networking experts in the universe will share tips and describe successful campaigns crafted by smart musicians.


Ariel Hyatt - Founder and Owner, Ariel Cyber PR
Charlie McEnerney - Host + Producer, Well-Rounded Radio; Instigator, Musicians for Music 2.0

Digital Ducats: Getting Paid in the Networked Age (download)

With technology so drastically changing the music landscape, there are suddenly dozens of new ways that artists can generate revenue. In addition to money from traditional CD sales and live shows, there’s now income from digital downloads, digital performance royalties from airplay on internet or satellite radio, as well as licensing for film, TV or video games, even merchandising.

Co-hosted by Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts (WALA), this workshop will survey all the sources of revenue out there, and tell you how you can ensure you collect all the money you’re entitled to.


Yvonne Harris - Burnley Attorney, Seventh House Music Publishing Ltd.
Paul Rapp - Owner, The Law Offices of Paul C. Rapp
Marcy Rauer - Wagman Associate Professor, Drexel University; CEO and Founder, MAD Dragon UNLTD

DC101: A Musician's Guide to the Policy Landscape (download)

Webcasting rates. Copyright clauses. Media ownership. Spectrum policy. In a surprising number of cases, how musicians and songwriters are compensated, and how much access they have to the media, are affected by policies made in Washington, DC.

This workshop will review some of today’s key legislative issues, and talk about why musicians need to have a voice in the debates, and how you can get involved.


Michael Bracy - Policy Director, Future of Music Coalition
Helen Bruner - Producer, Songwriter, and Grammy-nominated artist, Phil'erzy Productions
Candace Clement - Campaign Coordinator, Free Press
DeAnne Cuellar - Project Director, Texas Media Empowerment Project

Monday, October 5, 2009

The New DIY: Creative Control in an Accelerated World (download)

Two of the most pressing demands facing musicians in the digital age are how to earn a living and maintain control of their careers. Today’s artists can choose numerous methods of getting their music to fans, from one-off licensing arrangements to fan patronage models. But what strategies will yield the best long-term results?

As traditional revenue streams have dried up, new contractual models such as 360 degree deals have musicians splitting tour and merchandising income with their label in exchange for broader investment in career development. But many high profile bands are choosing to forgo the major label route — from Radiohead to Trent Reznor to Pearl Jam.

This panel brings together a range of experts that are helping musicians take control of their assets, forge new alliances and use the new tools and services to build fanbases and re-engineer the DIY model for the digital age.


Bertis Downs - Advisor, R.E.M.
Greg Kot - Critic, Chicago Tribune; Host, Sound Opinions, NPR
Mac McCaughan - Co-founder, Merge Records; Musician, Portastatic, Superchunk
Erin McKeown - Musician
Yancey Strickler - Co-founder, Kickstarter
Emily White - Partner, Whitesmith Entertainment

Scratch That: The Sample License Clearance Process and Artist Compensation (download)

Popularized by the hip-hop movement of the 1980s and 1990s, sampling is the latest manifestation of a rich musical tradition — one particularly prevalent in jazz, bluegrass, classical and blues — where artists have borrowed from, referenced, riffed off of, or ripped off artists of the past.

But sampling as we know it today represents a different form of borrowing, a more literal appropriation made easier through digital technologies. This leads to bigger questions about copyright, compensation, licensing and creativity.

In this session, law professor Peter DiCola (Northwestern University School of Law) and communications professor Kembrew McLeod (University of Iowa) will summarize what they learned about the sample license clearance process during the past three years of research for their book Creative License (Duke University Press, forthcoming 2010) and McLeod’s documentary Copyright Criminals: This Is A Sampling Sport.

Pulling from interviews with over 100 stakeholders, they uncover a rich – but complicated – legal and economic history behind the existing sample license clearance structure. While an ad hoc structure for permissions and licensing has developed over the past 20 years, could sample-heavy albums like Paul’s Boutique or It Takes a Nation of Millions be made today?

DiCola and McLeod will present three possible remedies to the inefficiencies of the current structure, focusing on ways that could maximize compensation for artists while also encouraging creativity. The 30-minute presentation will be followed by a critique from respondents and questions from the audience.

Tony Berman - Founder, Berman Entertainment and Technology Law
Hope Carr - Attorney
Peter DiCola - Assistant Professor of Law, Northwestern University
Peter Jaszi - Professor of Law and Faculty Director of the Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Clinic, American University (moderator)
Kembrew McLeod - Associate Professor, University of Iowa
Hank Shocklee - President, Shocklee Entertainment

Keynote Speech by Senator Al Franken with post-conversation with Mike Mills (of alternative rock band R.E.M.) (download)

Keynote by FCC Chair Julius Genachowski (download)

Shattering the Crystal Ball: Peering Beyond the Digital Revolution (download)

The turn of the millennium witnessed the arrival of both Napster and the Future of Music Coalition. Since then, an even broader digital transformation has dramatically impacted the music, technology/policy and legal communities. Over the years, many experiments have been tried: DRM on songs, major-label-owned music services, licensed P2P and lawsuits against companies and individuals, to name a few.

Current and emerging business models rely heavily on broadband access and deployment, while consumer behavior continues to challenge long-held views on copyright. We’ve learned much over the past decade, not least of which is that once separate issues are now inextricably linked. Have previous policy choices — from the airwaves to the internet — had their intended effect? What have we learned in the past nine years, and where do we go next?

In this discussion, leading minds in music, technology, policy and law will reflect on lessons learned and discuss the remaining roadblocks to a functional and resilient music ecosystem.


Peter Jenner - Sincere Management; President Emeritus, IMMF
Roberta R. Katz - Special Advisor, Technology, U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division
Steve Marks - Executive VP and General Counsel, RIAA
Andrew Noyes - Journalist; Contributor, National Journal (moderator)
Tim Quirk - Vice President of Music Programming, Rhapsody
Tanya Sandros - Deputy General Counsel, US Copyright Office
Johanna Shelton - Senior Policy Counsel & Legislative Strategist, Google Inc.

Up in your Bits: Intellectual Property, Privacy and Network Rights (download)

The internet has now become the primary vehicle for artists and entrepreneurs to distribute and promote music. But what if you don’t want your stuff flying freely through “the tubes?” Leaving room for continued innovation while retaining control over content is a complicated matter. This panel will explore the far-reaching impact of our networked culture on music, creativity, intellectual property and privacy.

Should ISPs engage in filtering, deep packet inspection or throttling to limit unauthorized filesharing? Should the privacy rights of social media users and services outweigh the need to monitor for possible infringement? Are lawsuits against YouTube and other hubs for user-driven content effective?

In this discussion, expert panelists will explore the tension between creator compensation, net neutrality, filtering, encryption, copyright litigation and privacy rights.


Harold Feld Legal Director, Public Knowledge
Daniel Klein Media Accounts Director, Detica Group
Michael Petricone Senior VP, Government Affairs, Consumer Electronics Association
Hal Ponder Director of Government Relations, American Federation of Musicians
Patrick Ross Executive Director, Copyright Alliance; Chairman, Copyright Alliance Education Foundation
Brian Zisk Co-Founder, Collecta; Founder & Executive Producer, SanFran MusicTech (moderator)

Detailed Information & Biographies on all of the Future of Music Coalition Policy Summit 2009 Panelists

Future of Music Coalition Official Website