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Has a Royalty Change Doomed Small Webcasters?

Fri, 29 Jan 2016 16:37:12 +0000

On December 16, a relatively obscure U.S. administrative body issued rules with broad implications for online music. Every five years, the Copyright Royalty Board, or CRB, determines the rates that non-interactive services like Pandora and iHeartRadio will pay to stream sound recordings online. The details are dizzyingy complex, but this time around the bigger Internet radio companies generally cheered the ruling, while SoundExchange, the organization set up to distribute these royalties to artists and copyright holders, expressed disappointment. One set of stakeholders, though, raised existential alarm about the new terms: small, independent webcasters. […]

Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Marc Hogan

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10 Things You Need To Know About the Copyright Royalty Board Decision

Wed, 23 Dec 2015 19:26:03 +0000


Last week, the trio of federal judges who compose the Copyright Royalty Board announced new rates for internet radio and digital webcasting. It was a bit of a mixed bag, and a pretty complicated decision. But for any musician whose work gets played on internet radio, it could affect what you’re earning. Here’s what you need to know.

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Kevin Russell of Shinyribs says singers not paid when songs air on the radio

Tue, 08 Dec 2015 15:07:09 +0000

Separately, a Washington, D.C.-based advocate called Russell’s claim “essentially correct.” Kevin Erickson of the Future of Music Coalition, a nonprofit that says it supports a “musical ecosystem where artists flourish and are compensated fairly and transparently for their work,” added by email: “For a variety of reasons, it can be difficult to get complete information on which countries pay for the performance right. Iran and North Korea do not currently pay. China is a bit more ambiguous right now; there may have been a deal struck. We’ve also gotten some conflicting information on Afghanistan and Rwanda.”

Monday, December 7, 2015
W. Gardner Selby

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The Future is Retro: Low-Power FM

Mon, 09 Nov 2015 15:20:42 +0000

The future of radio might just reside, at least in part, in these LPFM stations. Marika Partridge has been in radio for most of her career and spoke with Geeks and Beats before joining a panel on the topic at the Future of Music Coalition’s Music Policy Summit in Washington, D.C. recently. After several years in Alaska, she moved to Washington to serve as an engineer and, later, producer of NPR’s All Things Considered. She’s been a driving force behind the creation of Takoma Radio, an LPFM station scheduled to go live early next year in the DC suburbs.


Sunday, November 8, 2015
Amber Healy

NAB Thanks Congress in Politico Ad.

Fri, 30 Oct 2015 15:26:05 +0000

The ad in a publication widely read on Capitol Hill is running just as the Future of Music Coalition concluded its annual Policy Summit in Washington. At the event, musicians and songwriters spoke about organizing to enact changes in the way they are paid at a time when Congress, federal regulators and the courts are examining different parts of the music ecosystem.


Thursday, October 29, 2015

Future of Music Policy Summit 2015 - Radio Panel [Video]

Wed, 28 Oct 2015 15:13:42 +0000

Future of College Radio


Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Ricky Soler

Tuning In: The Future of Radio

Mon, 28 Sep 2015 16:58:31 +0000


It’s easy to feel like radio is a format on life support. On the FM dial, Clear Channel (ahem, excuse me, iHeartRadio) controls huge swaths of our broadcast landscape. Indie stations do exist—and are a Godsend on road trips—but they’re few and far between. Of course, there are tons of digital options, including tailored channels and online streamers where algorithms do the heavy lifting. But will the audience continue to grow or eventually fade out?

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Hip-Hop Station Makes Waves in Vermont

Thu, 27 Aug 2015 17:13:43 +0000

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.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Justin Boland

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Join Us in Celebrating National Radio Day

Wed, 19 Aug 2015 14:17:33 +0000


Music lovers everywhere: it’s time to tune in, turn the volume up, and celebrate because Thursday, August 20 is National Radio Day.  This holiday has been celebrated since the early 1990s on Aug. 20, honoring the day the first news radio station, 8MK radio in Detroit was licensed by the FCC and went on the air in 1920. But this year’s event is going to be the biggest yet, as dozens of noncommercial stations across the country will be participating. And you can participate too by visiting

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Making Waves and Asking Questions: Explaining Why We Need The Fair Play, Fair Pay Act in the U.S.

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 17:54:20 +0000

With the many headlines that have been seen over the past couple years regarding streaming services and artist revenue-related topics, even the casual music fan and average U.S. citizen may have begun to wonder what is going on behind-the-scenes of the music business as it relates to these topics.

Kristin Thomson, the Co-Director of the US-based non-profit Future of Music Coalition’s Artist Revenue Streams research project, has shared her perspective as representative of FMC which has covered the measure in depth:

Thursday, July 23, 2015
David De Cristofaro

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