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Featured Artists’ Coalition finally gets going

March 11, 2009

The initial meeting of the Featured Artists’ Coalition was cancelled during the brief period of heavy snow a few weeks back but it has now happened. A BBC news report may be seen here.

Radiohead guitarist Ed O’Brien said it was ‘a defining time for the industry. A lot of the rights and revenue streams are being carved up, and we need a voice. We need to be in there and we need to be discussing it, and I think all the major players want to hear what we have to say. The reason we can do all this, is because the internet and digital technology have changed the landscape in the music industry, which basically means people can now release their music without a middle man, without a record company.

Well, Ed, some of us have been pointing this out for a long time. Some of you big stars have caught on that the big record labels have been shafting you and now you want to get some of the cash that your music has earned. Well, good luck to you. Seems to me it’s yet another sign of the death-throes of an industry pathologically unable to imagine anything different from the same old same old. You can argue all you like about getting your share of the pie, but the pie itself is disappearing. Better say goodbye to the pie and find another way to make and distribute music. Ask some less famous musicians; they’ve been doing it for a while.

I do, however, congratulate the FAC on their correct use of an apostrophe, a rare thing these days.

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