These days there’s nothing but data out there — social media statistics, Spotify artist insights, info about who your fans are, where they are, and when they listen to your music. But what do you do with all this data? And who is really benefiting from it? Experts Kevin Erickson (Future of Music Coalition), Erica Sinkovic (CD Baby), Susie Giang (APA), and Zeke Howard (Trailboss) join Portia to discuss how artists can put their data to work.
Recently, a bill was introduced by Republican congressman Jim Sensenbrenner which calls for the creation of a comprehensive database of compositions and recordings. The “Transparency in Music Licensing and Ownership Act” claims to make things easier for coffee shops, bars and restaurants who want to license music to play in their establishments. To many in the music industry, the bill seems like a wolf in sheep’s clothing with the potential cause big problems. On this episode we dig deep into the bill with Future of Music Coalition’s Kevin Erickson and attorney Chris Castle.
On this week’s episode, The Future of What looks deeper at recent immigration issues surrounding SXSW and Trump’s travel ban with commentary provided by national and international musicians, attorneys, and other artist advocates. of international musicians’ group Tamizdat, and Kevin Erickson of artist advocacy organization the Future of Music Coalition, speak to the legal issues faced by bands like Soviet Soviet, while Cherine Amr of Massive Scar Era shares her own story of being turned away at the border. Baltimore musician Ami Dang rounds out the hour with her concerns around the rise in xenophobic attitudes and what net effect that has on culture.