-- A bill on low power FM radio will get a vote on Thursday in the House Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet. The Local Community Radio Act would allow the FCC to license hundreds of new low power, non-commercial stations. (Reclaim the Media)

-- Interesting article at Bloomberg on sponsorships in the music industry. It cites an IEG Sponsorship report that forecasts $1.08 billion in music sponsorships in 2009. That would make sponsorships artists' second-biggest chunk of revenue after live events, says the article (that figure assumes all money goes directly to the artist, which is not the case). There's a quote from an Enders Analysis analyst about how record companies are desperate for money and are doing broader deals. That's true, but as the article goes on to say, an important part of the sponsorship story is what happens outside of artists' contracts with record labels. That competition from outside alternatives, one analyst wisely opined, will encourage major labels to reform their relationships with artists. (Bloomberg)

-- Spotify now has a partnership with Telia, Sweden's largest ISP and mobile carrier, which will allow it to sell its premium service to Telia customers. (Spotify blog)

-- This recap of a presentation by Eric Garland of BigChampagne is definitely worth reading. Garland's "dollars to dimes" talk shows some of the realities of music companies with cost structures too large for the revenue they generate. "Increasingly, even in this world where we've gained some control," he said, "we still don't have the per unit value to drive these businesses." (Digital Music News)

-- Related: Garland's "smaller is better" argument was tossed around in another panel at Digital Music West Forum. In particular, the debate of whether or not A&R is a scalable endeavor generated some discussion. Not surprisingly, the debate was split down party lines -- Topspin on one side, Interscope Geffen A&M on the other. (Digital Music News)

-- In an interview with mocoNews, Sean Rosenberg, VP of mobile marketing, sales and business development for Sony's RCA/Jive division, talked about working with mobile app developers and some of their expectations. "If you're coming to us and asking for our platinum-level content to help augment your brand as an unknown startup, then you'd better have a real service that's scalable in mind. We get these offers, where they want recorded masters but paying out the content owner is almost ancillary. It's promotion, they say. We want to promote our artists and new ways to connect with them, but we also need to sustain a business." (mocoNews)

-- Even though there are some major asterisks with ranking music sites according to page views, Experian Hitwise has done just that for the U.K. We7 ranks No. 1 and is followed by Last.fm, Grooveshark and Ultimate Guitar Archive. (Music Ally)

-- Music download store Amie Street landed an additional $3.9 million in funding on Sept. 30. The money will be used for "general working capital purposes." Amie Street's investors include Robin Richards (MP3.com), Amazon.com and David Hirsch (Google). Sony Music announced last month it had decided to add some catalog titles to the store. (SEC filing, via paidContent)