Over 500 artists have joined The Featured Artists’ Coalition in days since the campaign launched.
New members of the organisation – which is campaigning for artists interests in the digital age – include Annie Lennox, All About Eve, Paul Young, Lady Miss Kier from Deee-Lite and Hot Club de Paris.
The Coalition also had its first meeting with the Rt Hon Andy Burnham MP, Secretary of State for Culture Media and Sport last weel. On the agenda was a wide range of topics, including “fair dealing”, term extension and some of the other key demands set out in the Coalition’s founding Charter.
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. Continue reading