Congress Considers Performing Rights Act: SoundExchange and NAB Collide in DC

The US Congress has plans to consider the Performing Rights Act that would grant recording artists and record labels royalties from over-the-air radio play for the first time in history. The royalty would be funded by mandating new fees on broadcasters. SoundExchange (the performance rights organization that collects and distributes … → read more

Richmond Folk Festival Debuts October 2008

The debut Richmond Folk Festival is slated for October 2008, continuing the three-year tradition established by the hugely successful National Folk Festival in Richmond, Virginia, celebrating the roots, richness and variety of American culture through music, dance, traditional craft and food. Last year’s event drew a record-setting 175,000 attendees. In … → read more


Here is a note from Mark Choder, host of the 7th annaul Plowshares Singer-Songwriter Competition: Mark your calendars now for the 7th annual Plowshares Singer-Songwriter Competition, Saturday, March 15th! Few events pack this much talent into one small room, so if you like singer-songwriters, don’t miss it! The night before, … → read more


Congratulations to all the winners of the Third Annual Folk Alliance Awards Presented on February 20, 2008 at the Cook Convention Center, Memphis TN * – BOLD – winner Legacy Recording *Woody Guthrie, “The Live Wire – Woody Guthrie in Performance 1949” (Woody Guthrie Archives)Various Artists, “People Take Warning! Murder … → read more