David McGuire writes in the Washington Post about Jenny Toomey of the Future of Music Coalition and her concerns about independent artists in the face of market consolidation and new technologies like P2P:
"By turns businesswoman, think-tank director and semi-iconic indie rocker, Toomey is spoken for; she would rather find ways to make sure independent artists can afford a meal than fret over whether music piracy is costing the entertainment industry a few million of its many billions of dollars.
"When you're focusing on the black-and-white issues, the artists are never represented in the discussion. As we continue to try to polarize people, artists aren't on the black side or the white side. The thing they really care about is getting paid, and being respected and having control of their art," said Toomey, who as former lead singer of D.C.-based indie-rock outfit Tsunami, knows what it's like to live south of the poverty line.
Toomey said she cares more about making sure artists who don't quite enjoy the same level of stardom can make their mortgage payments and get health insurance than who wins the escalating battle between record labels and technology companies over file-sharing.
What musicians really want to know, judging by some of the agenda items this year, is how they can get better licensing deals so they can make their work available through legal services like Apple's iTunes and how to keep their audiences in the face of radio station consolidation."