FW: Future of Music #21

FYI, In years past I've found this conference to offer a particularly
interesting perspective on online copyright issues. I'd encourage anyone
who's interested and able to consider attending.

Best,

Danny Weitzner


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> 1. The Countdown Begins for the FMC Policy Summit: January 5-7, 2003
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>
> The third annual FMC Policy Summit is scheduled for January 5-7, 2003 at
> Georgetown University in Washington, DC.  As with last year,
> we're bringing
> a fantastic and diverse group of artists, academics, lawyers, business
> leaders, technologists and policymakers together for an engaging and
> in-depth look at the most critical issues at the intersection of music,
> law, policy and technology.
>
>
> SUMMIT DETAILS FALLING INTO PLACE
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> Before we get to the nitty gritty, a general note that this year's Summit
> is shaping up very well. We've confirmed nearly all our panelists
> including
> such luminaries as rocker Joan Jett, NPR's Ira Glass, BMG's Jim Cooperman,
> entertainment attorney Rosemary Carroll, musicians Patti Smith, Eric
> Bazilian and Vernon Reid, WIPO copyright expert Richard Owens, NARM
> president Pam Horovitz, visionary Jim Griffin, California state senator
> Kevin Murray, manager and head of IMMF Peter Jenner, academic Yochai
> Benkler and Verizon VP Sarah Deutsch... just to name a few.
>
> We're also pleased to announce that, in addition to keynotes from Senator
> Russ Feingold, Rep. Mark Foley and Rep. Howard Berman, the newly-appointed
> FCC commissioner Jonathan Adelstein will be making his first public policy
> statements at the Summit.
>
> Perhaps even more exciting for us, there's been a HUGE amount of interest
> from musicians seeking scholarships to attend the Summit and, thanks to
> generous contributions from a number of sponsors, we've been able to
> subsidize the attendance of nearly 200 artists!
>
> COMPLETE SUMMIT SCHEDULE can be found online here:
>   http://www.futureofmusic.org/events/summit03/schedule.cfm
>
>
> ********************************************************
> REGISTER NOW! Our robots are standing by to take your order.
> Just visit our secure page:
>
>   https://www.futureofmusic.org/events/summit03/registration.cfm
>
> Što guarantee your seat!
>
> Read on for more reasons why you need to be thereŠ.
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>
> SUMMIT EXPANDS TO THREE DAYS
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> Monday and Tuesday's programs will include five panels each day, keynote
> speeches, musical performances, networking opportunities, and
> other events.
>  In addition, we have built out a program on Sunday afternoon so that
> working musicians with day jobs can also have a chance to attend.  Sunday,
> January 5 will include three musician-specific panels that will focus on
> practical matters for working musicians, and also serve as a "primer" for
> the next days' discussions.
>
> For more information about the schedule and panelists go here:
>    http://www.futureofmusic.org/events/summit03/schedule.cfm
>
>
> CLE ACCREDITATION AVAILABLE
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> We are working with Georgetown University Law School to secure CLE credits
> for this program.  The program has been approved for 7.5 to 9.0
> CLE credits
> for New York, Maryland and Pennsylvania, with Virginia credits currently
> pending, and others in the works.
>
> Information about CLE credits for these and other states:
>   http://www.futureofmusic.org/events/summit03/cle.cfm
>
>
> CONCERTS at the KENNEDY CENTER MILLENNIUM STAGE
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> Launched in 1997 as part of the Performing Arts for Everyone Initiative,
> some 400+ people stop by the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts every
> day to enjoy performances at 6 PM in the Grand Foyer. We are pleased to
> announce that the FMC is working with the prestigious Kennedy Center on
> concerts to be held in conjunction with the Policy Summit.
>
> Saturday, January 4 at 6 PM:  Patti Smith
>
> Sunday, January 5 at 6 PM:  Lester Chambers of the Chambers Brothers
>
> On Thursday, January 2 at 6 PM,  Barbara Sorenson will also be performing
> at
> the Millennium Stage.  Barb is a musician scholarship recipient and has
> arranged a number of shows in the DC area around the Summit.
>
> Concerts are free to attend, no tickets required, so spread the word!
> There's more about this program on their website at:
>   http://www.kennedy-center.org/programs/millennium/
>
>
> PHO DINNER
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> How could we host an event like this and not kick things off with a Pho
> dinner on Saturday night (right after the Patti Smith show)?  Visit this
> page for more information about how to RSVP:
>
>    http://www.futureofmusic.org/events/summit03/pho.cfm
>
>
> SPONSOR LIST CONTINUES TO GROW
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> We'd like to thank the sponsors who have already demonstrated
> their support
> for the Summit:
>
> ASCAP	http://www.ascap.com
> Pearl Jam	http://www.pearljam.com
> Microsoft	http://www.microsoft.com
> BMI		http://www.bmi.com
> AFTRA	http://www.aftra.com
> AFM		http://www.afm.org
> SESAC	http://www.sesac.com
> DMusic	http://www.dmusic.com
> Neuros Audio	http://www.neurosaudio.com
> Multicast Technologies http://www.multicasttech.com
> CD Baby	http://www.cdbaby.com
> Epiphone 	http://www.epiphone.com
> Just Plain Folks http://www.jpfolks.com
> Electronic Frontier Foundation http://www.eff.org
> Georgetown University Department of Art, Music & Theatre
> Georgetown University Communication, Culture and Technology
>
> Check our website for specific events hosted by our sponsors!
>
>
> WIN A GUITAR or a NEUROS AUDIO PLAYER!
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> Two of our sponsors have graciously offered items for us to raffle away.
> Epiphone Guitars has donated an AJ-18S acoustic guitar (list price: $500)
> and Digital Innovations is giving away two of its brand new Neuros Audio
> players  a 20 gig model (list price: $399) and a 128 MB flash version
> (list price: $249).  All registered participants will be eligible for the
> drawings.  Just three more reasons to sign up!
>
>
> NEED HOTEL or TRAVEL INFORMATION?
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> We have posted information about travel and a variety of hotels on the
> following page:
>
>   http://www.futureofmusic.org/events/summit03/directions.cfm
>
> We have also reserved 40 rooms from January 4 -7 at the Marriott at
> Georgetown University Conference Center. This hotel is on the GU
> campus and
> only a few hundred yards from Gaston Hall, making it very
> convenient.  Call
> 1.800.228.9290 or 202.687.3235 and mention the "Future of Music Coalition"
> to receive the discounted rate of $145. Reservations must be made by
> December 27, 2002 to receive the special rate. Please visit their website
> to learn more about their services, rooms, covered parking, and other
> amenities.
>
>
> MUSICIANS' SCHOLARSHIPS
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> Because of some generous contributions from our sponsors, 200
> musicians are
> able to attend the event on a scholarship status. We would encourage any
> working musicians who want to engage in the music/tech debate and better
> understand the issues affecting their livelihood to fill out an
> application
> online here:
>
>    http://www.futureofmusic.org/events/summit03/scholarship.cfm
>
> Scholarships are for musicians only and we only have a few left so if
> you're a musician who's interested in attending, fill out an application
> now.
>
>
> ******************************************
> REGISTER NOW TO JOIN US!
> The registration fee for the three-day event is $745, which
> includes access
> to all panels and events on all three days, as well as a breakfast buffet,
> snacks, beverages, and a boxed lunch on Monday and Tuesday.  Go to this
> secure page:
>
>     https://www.futureofmusic.org/events/summit03/registration.cfm
>
> Š to register now!  Visa, MasterCard and American Express accepted.
>
> *******************************************
>
>
> HELP US TO MAKE THIS THE MOST SUCCESSFUL SUMMIT YET
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> We want Gaston Hall to be packed with folks who want to
> participate in this
> vigorous debate about music, law, technology and policy, so
> please let your
> colleagues, students, clients, customers, friends and family know about
> this important event.  Interested folks should be encouraged to visit the
> Summit's homepage at:
>
>     http://www.futureofmusic.org/events/summit03/
>
> ...to learn more about registration, schedules, sponsoring opportunities,
> and the scholarships we're making available to working musicians. Want to
> help us even more? Contact our volunteer coordinator Kendall Nordin at
> kendall@futureofmusic.org to see how you can help either before or during
> the event.
>
>
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> 2. FMC Releases Results of Radio Consolidation Study
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>
> On November 18, 2002 the FMC publicly released its report documenting the
> effects of radio station ownership consolidation on musicians and the
> public. This comprehensive analysis was conducted in partnership
> with Media
> Access Project and funded by a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation.
>
> The report's findings were announced at a press event at the Willard Hotel
> in Washington, DC on November 18 where FMC's Jenny Toomey,
> Kristin Thomson,
> Peter DiCola and Michael Bracy were joined by representatives from AFTRA,
> AFM, Media Access Project and Consumers' Union.
>
> The release of the study generated an impressive volume of press, not to
> mention a "fact sheet" issued by the National Association of Broadcasters
> in advance of the report's release meant to discredit our work.  You can
> visit this webpage to review the full report, the executive summary, the
> NAB's "fact sheet", our rebuttal, or any of the supporting documents:
>
>    http://www.futureofmusic.org/research/radiostudy.cfm
>
> In addition, FMC representatives were invited to the Federal
> Communications
> Commission in early December to present the findings with various
> commissioners and the FCC's Media Bureau Research Group. We'll give a more
> thorough rundown of the results of the radio study at the conference, as
> well as in our next newsletter.
>
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> 3. Great Articles in the Newsstream
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> There's been a significant amount of press about many issues that we care
> about, including major label accounting practices, webcasting, radio
> consolidation, pay for play, and digital distribution, many of which will
> be hot topics at the Summit.  Here's a selection:
>
> Music industry fight to block Net access hits new lows
> Editorial: Just ask any teenager: Nobody who's anybody pays retail for
> music. Thanks to software that is readily available on the Internet, free
> music files can be easily downloaded.
> USA Today, December 9, 2002
> http://www.usatoday.com/news/opinion/editorials/2002-12-09-our-view_x.htm
>
> Recording Industry Practices Hearing Summary
> By Senator Kevin Murray State of California, 26 District Chair, Senate
> Select Committee on the Entertainment Industry
> December 3, 2002
> http://news.dmusic.com/print/5767
>
> FCC's Copps to Take Media Hearings On the Road
> The lone Democrat on the Federal Communications Commission said
> Thursday he
> will hold hearings outside Washington on media ownership regulations that
> are under review at the agency -- and will do so himself if necessary.
> By Todd Shields
> Mediaweek, November 21, 2002
> http://www.mediaweek.com/mediaweek/headlines/article_display.jsp?v
nu_content
_id=1766800

Universal Music to Redo Royalties
Firm becomes second to respond to concerns about the industry's accounting
practices.
By Chuck Philips
LA Times, November 28, 2002
http://www.latimes.com/la-fi-royalty28nov28,0,2457826.story

Congress Gives Webcasters a Break
Smaller Internet music broadcasters will be allowed to pay lower copyright
royalty fees than they do now under legislation Congress passed on Friday.
Wired.com, November 15, 2002
http://www.wired.com/news/business/0,1367,56420,00.html


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4. How are we doing?
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That's it for this newsletter.  We'll get back to our regularly scheduled
analysis of the music and technologies issues after this year's Policy
Summit. You can always send an email to suggestions@futureofmusic.org with
your comments.

Thanks as always,

Jenny Toomey
Michael Bracy
Walter McDonough
Brian Zisk
Kristin Thomson
Peter DiCola

Received on Friday, 20 December 2002 15:09:35 UTC