Volume 1 | February 2018
Dear Reader:

Welcome to the inaugural issue of “Music Worker,” a newsletter by the Content Creators Coalition (c3).

When we started c3, our goal was to create an essential resource for artists. We want to be a key resource for the entire creative community – from sharing information about the day to day grind of touring to monitoring and explaining industry developments affecting their bottom line and artistic freedom to speaking out in legislative and policy debates to ensuring that our voice is heard when decisions are made that shape the music economy.

In our very short existence, with the help of so many of you and our current and former staff, we have made strides towards that goal. You can read the most recent chapter of that story in our roundup of our 2017 activities below.

In 2018, we are taking our next, big steps towards fulfilling our vision for c3. This newsletter is the first of those steps. (For the rest, stay tuned.)

Why “Music Worker”? Popular culture portrays the life of artists – and especially musicians – as a glamourous swirl of private jets, Cristal champagne, and lobster dinners (or tiny folding sandwiches). Real life is different. Don’t get us wrong, we love what we do, but it is hard work. And as you all know, it’s a lot less glamour and a lot more sleeping in a van and backstage plates of carrots and ranch dressing well past their prime.

As working artists, we want to create a resource that speaks to the reality of the music business. What are the challenges of recording and touring? How will new industry deals and technology change affect us and you? How could the D.C. discussion about copyright and music licensing affect our rights, and where is that debate missing the boat?

We want to create a community of artists that come together, help each other, and advocate for our shared interests and for the next generation of artists.

Most importantly, we exist to advocate and champion fair treatment, empathy and respect for artists – and all people.

At the time of this writing, it is one day after yet another horrific shooting, this time at a Florida high school with at least 17 dead and countless lives shattered.

Our hearts are heavy, but we are also angry. We’ve had enough hollow, political statements of sympathy, followed by inaction.

Just a few months ago, the worst mass shooting in American history occurred where we work – at a music festival in Las Vegas. At the time, c3’s Rosanne Cash penned an op-ed in The New York Times urging country and American roots musicians to clearly and loudly stand up to the National Rifle Association. We are reprinting it in this newsletter – and we will keep making this argument as long as our leaders refuse to act.

For the victims of gun violence, we offer not just our thoughts and prayers, but a vow that our actions will match our words.

We’re grateful you’ve joined us and hope you stick around.

Melvin Gibbs
Rosanne Cash
Tommy Manzi
John McCrea
Tift Merritt
Matthew Montfort
The Modern Recording by James Tate of The Rukkus Room
The Hobbyist
By Tift Merritt, c3 Board Member

What if I resented being a mother? What if I didn’t take to it? What if I really was just a writer? I didn’t have enough time on my hands as it was. I woke up sweating and out of breath in the middle of the night with his words in my head, my belly bowled out beside me like a new appendage. How would I pay for healthcare? How would I pay for college? There was a good chance my work and I would both buckle under the weight of it all... Read Tift's full piece here .

The piece originally appeared in Oxford American .
Country Musicians, Stand Up to the N.R.A.
By Rosanne Cash, c3 Board Member

I encourage more artists in country and American roots music to end your silence. It is no longer enough to separate yourself quietly. The laws the N.R.A. would pass are a threat to you, your fans, and to the concerts and festivals we enjoy.

The piece originally appeared in The New York Times .
Notes from the Road
by Chris Lowe

We pass a billboard that says, "Hell is real." I respond, "yes, and I'm in it." Read Chris Lowe's story here .
The View from DC
By Ted Kalo, Interim Executive Director

As we enter 2018, the Judiciary Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives begins its sixth year reviewing the copyright laws that governs pay and rights for artists and songwriters. It's a year with enormous potential for real gains. Word on the street is that the Committee intends to pass legislation very soon. Read the whole story here .
CLASSICS Act

c3, along with our allies in the fight to pass the CLASSICS Act, ran an advertisement appearing in Politico to highlight the broad artist support for the CLASSICS Act. See the ad here .
2017 in Review

2017 was a big year; 2018 will be even bigger! Read about the year here .
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