We’ve spoken briefly to Billy Bragg about this, and we think any artist should get involved in this debate, but Eliot Van Buskirk over at Wired has put it all together in impressive style. We’ve borrowed a chunk of it because we think it’s an important campaign. We’re pro-artist here, after all…
“A group of British recording artists including (edit to add: Billy Bragg) Radiohead, The Verve and Iron Maiden say the digital music revolution has come up short in terms of the fair treatment of artists, citing an agreement between record labels, ISPs and the British government as an example of artists’ viewpoints being ignored. To make sure their priorities are taken into account in the future, over sixty British artists have joined the Featured Artists Coalition.
“It is time for artists to have a strong collective voice to stand up for their interests,” stated Brian Message of Courtyard Management, which manages Radiohead and Kate Nash.
“The digital landscape is changing fast and new deals are being struck all the time, but all too often without reference to the people who actually make the music. Just look at the recent [agreement] on file-sharing between labels, government and the ISPs. Artists were not involved. The Featured Artists’ Coalition will help all artists, young and old, well-known or not, drive overdue change through the industry in their interests and those of fans.”