Future of Music Coalition News

The Future of Music Coalition (FMC) is a not-for-profit collaboration between members of the music, technology, public policy and intellectual property law communities. The FMC seeks 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. The FMC also aims to identify and promote innovative business models that will help musicians and citizens to benefit from new technologies.

Some upcoming FMC events and opportunities that may be of special interest to members of the DC metro area music commmunity include:

DC Policy Day - Tuesday, April 12, 2005
Time: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
(detailed schedule and panel descriptions)

Kaiser Family Foundation's Barbara Jordan Conference Center
1330 G St. NW, Washington, DC
Closest Metro Station: Metro Center

Over the course of the day, experts representing a wide range of perspectives will discuss and debate four emerging policy issues with a focus on their impact on musicians, performers, songwriters, and citizens. The four policy issue topics will be: Digital Audio Broadcasting & the Future of Radio, Low Power FM & Community Voices, Health Insurance, and Musicians Copyright in the Courts and Congress. Confirmed panelists, as of 3-13-05, will include key note speaker and FCC Commissioner, Jonathan Adelstein. Those interested in attending the panels can register online. Scholarships are also available to those who qualify.

FMC Summer Internship in DC
FMC is offering an unpaid internship in DC for the summer of 2005. This internship is a great opportunity to learn about the issues at the intersection of music, technology, law, and policy. Someone with practical computer wizardry skills is preferred. E-mail wendy@futureofmusic.org with a resume if you’re interested.

For those who will be in Austin, TX sometime in the next two weeks for South by Southwest, FMC’ s Jenny Toomey and Michael Bracy are both speaking on panels. Jenny is moderating the Artists’ Give Advice Panel, with Robyn Hitchcock, Nona Hendryx, Mary Lou Lord, Jon Langford and Todd Snider on Friday, March 18th at 3:30 PM. She will also be on the Health Care for Musicians Panel on Saturday, March 19th at 1:30 PM. Michael is on The Shape of Things to Come Panel on Saturday, March 19th at 12:00 noon.