The Featured Artist Coalition (FAC) holds its first meeting in London (Wednesday, 11th March). The Coalition’s official formation marks a watershed in the music industry. For the first time, artists have a collective
voice to campaign for effective laws and regulations, and for transparent and equitable business practices. The FAC will fight to ensure that interests of artists and fans – without whom the music industry would not exist – are not compromised by under the table deals between multi-national corporations.
Run by featured artists, for featured artists, from our fans the FAC asks for fair remuneration in exchange for widespread access; from the industry we ask for transparency in exchange for cooperation towards renewal and growth; and from government we seek support in our efforts to achieve these goals in return for a nationwide education programme that offers advice and mentoring to young artists.
The FAC’s first board of directors are Blur’s David Rowntree, Soul II Soul’s Jazzie B, Billy Bragg, Radiohead’s Ed O’Brien, Kate Nash, Marillion’s Mark Kelly and Master Shortie. Further directors will be appointed in due course.
As well as the directors, among the artists expected to attend the meeting are David Gray, Annie Lennox, Nick Mason, KT Tunstall, Robbie Williams.
Commenting on the event, David Rowntree said:
“The digital revolution has swept away the old music business of the 1960s,
and changed forever the relationship between artists and fans. For companies
who made their living sitting between the two, these are increasingly hard
times, but for music makers and music fans this should be a fantastic
“YouTube’s row with the PRS is the most recent example of just how fast the
music industry is changing. There has never been a greater need for the
collective voice of featured artists, whose music generates 95% of revenue in
the industry, to be properly heard.
“As this revolution gathers pace Featured Artists must seize the initiative. We
are looking to forge a new deal, built on fairness, with our fans, the music
industry and governments.
“To achieve this, we must own our future, take real control of our rights and
genuinely work together. Acting alone, artists’ voices will not be heard. Acting
together, we can be a powerful force. Our rights are our power. By making
ourselves heard and arguing for what’s fair, we can help reshape the industry
for the future so that it serves the interests of those who want to make new
music as well as those who want to hear new music.”
1. The FAC’s meeting, which is being held at 4pm for 4.30pm at Heaven,
Villiers Street, London, WC2, is closed to journalists. Stills of the
event will be distributed electronically at around 6pm on 11th March.
2. Billy Bragg, Ed O’Brien and other members of the Board of the FAC are
available for interview. Please ring Kate Law on 07966 963 781.
3. For more information on the FAC, please visit