On Monday April 3rd, musicians, artists, actors, poets, and dancers assembled on the steps of City Hall to protest the attempt on the part of the Trump administration to destroy art and culture in the United States. This press rally “Save The Arts” was organized by Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer.
Representatives of the Local 802 Musicians Union, The Actors Equity Association, Musicians for Musicians, Asian American Arts Alliance, and other music and arts organizations gathered at the steps of City Hall. David Byrne (Talking Heads), L. Steven Taylor (The Lion King), Ciara Renée (actress, singer, and musician) , The CEOs of the New York Public Library systems, Neil Shapiro of WNET, president of the Local 802 Tino Gagliardi, Brooklyn Council member Mark Trager, Bronx council member Andy King, Council Member Helen Rosenthal (Upper West Side), New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark Viverito and others spoke and shared their views on the dynamics and nuances of this important issue.
Author: David Byrne Title: How Music Works Publisher: McSweeny’s Books Buy:Amazon
Recommended by Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi
This is a book every musician should or must read. HOW MUSIC WORKStells musicians what they should know about their metier. Here is a man who wants to share his knowledge and experience with us musicians. He writes very comprehensive. No doubt: he loves music and enjoys being a musician.
Disillusionment with the Internet is at an all-time high thanks to the snooping of NSA agents, corporate algorithms and cyber thieves. What would a world without the web look like? David Byrne imagines a society that has gone totally offline—if only to suggest what a truly secure online life might look like.
Date: February 25, 2014 Venue: Le Poisson Rouge (NY)
Review by Dawoud Kringle
On Tuesday, February 24th, Le Poisson Rouge played host to an important event which was sponsored by the NY chapter of the Content Creators Coalition. One that may well be a landmark in the unfolding of the way that the music business is conducted.
Byrne points out a bill in the House Of Representatives, sponsored by Jerry Nadler of New York, that would bring artist royalties into federal law. He further clarifies that digital and streaming radio services such as Pandora already pay artist royalties. Independent and college radio stations would not be affected either — just the stations that make money playing music. He also links to a petition about the issue. And at the outset of his piece, Byrne says he’s been meeting with a small group of musicians and writers about forming a creatives union. Read the full essay here.