Industry Notables To Debate At D.C. Summit
The Future of Music Coalition (FMC) has announced plans for its second annual policy summit, to be held Jan. 7-8 on the campus of Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. The FMC, a non-profit organiThe Future of Music Coalition (FMC) has announced plans for its second annual policy summit, to be held Jan. 7-8 on the campus of Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. The FMC, a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering dialogue about music technology, public policy, and intellectual property issues, has lined up an array of speakers and panelists for the event, including Rep. Rick Boucher (D-Va.), Rep. John Conyers (D-Mi.), Recording Industry Association of America president/CEO Hilary Rosen, and Napster VP Manus Cooney.
Also scheduled to appear are Fugazi principal/Dischord Records co-founder Ian MacKaye, ASCAP president Marilyn Bergman, actor Al Franken, Artemis Records president Danny Goldberg, Talking Heads member/producer Jerry Harrison, journalists Dave Marsh and Rick Karr, Listen.com founder Rob Reid, Tommy Boy Records CEO Tom Silverman, and Billboard Washington, D.C., bureau chief Bill Holland, among others. Boucher and Conyers will give keynote addresses.
"It is our belief that by continuing to organize an event such as this one we might help the media, citizens, creators and our elected officials and policy makers have a more sophisticated understanding of the opportunities and effects of these new technologies," the FMC says on its official Web site.
Of late, the FMC has weighed in on the implications of major label subscription services, as well as recent debate over artists' contracts. An analysis of the latter issue is available on the organization's Web site.