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SXSW Music 2013

Navigating Washington - Policy and Music in 2013

Elections are exciting but the policy process never ends. From effective copyright enforcement to protecting and growing the noncommercial radio infrastructure to facilitating a competitive broadband marketplace to rethinking the relationship between economic development and local music scenes, Federal policymakers are confronting a range of difficult questions that directly impact the music community. The Future of Music Coalition will again invite a range of relevant policymakers to visit SXSW to brief attendees on the issues they are trying to resolve and to make themselves available for questions and concerns. The specific makeup on the panel will be determined after the election, but previous participants have been from the Department of Justice, FCC, Department of Education, National Endowment for the Arts and Capitol Hill.

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  1. In the aftermath of the SOPA/PIPA debate, how can the government engage in effective IP enforcement and how can the music community effectively inform that debate?
  2. What is the future of the noncommercial radio infrastructure?
  3. As the Department of Housing and Urban Development continues to redefine its mission toward economic development, how can their investments best impact local music communities?
  4. Does copyright law need to be updated to account for new products and services?
  5. Will implementation of Health Care Reform lead to increased opportunities for musicians to access health insurance?



Michael Bracy, Co-founder and Board President, Future of Music Coalition

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