Sunday, 5 October 2008

Featured Artists' Coalition

We urge all artists to sign up and join the Featured Artists' Coalition.

This brand new organisation, launched today, aims to place artists exactly where they belong in the new age of digital music - right bang at the centre of everything.

As Radiohead's manager Brian Message puts it:
"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."
Too right. The more musicians sign up, the better the chance that the Coalition will have of achieving its three key demands:
  • "Artists always retain ultimate ownership of their music"
  • "All agreements between artists and others are conducted in a fair and transparent manner"
  • "Rights' holders have a duty of care to the originator of those rights, and must always explain how any agreement may affect how their work is exploited"
We at Indmill support these basic tenets.  We don't make any money on the back of music uploaded to the website without the artists who made it getting the lion's share (90% exc. VAT on EU sales - unless the artist voluntarily chooses to donate some or all of their share to charity). Indmill artists retain their copyright.

It's free to join the Coalition and you can do it here.

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