Who we are - The FAC is a voice for featured artists in the changing music industry
1. What are the big goals that the FAC works for?
- Fairness – We’re committed to seeing artists receive a fair deal
- Transparency - Artists deserve to know what’s happening with their work
- Equality – Artists should be treated like equal partners in all the business deals they participate in
2. What does the FAC actually do?
- Represents the interests of Featured Artists within the national, European and International political arenas when relevant issues such as copyright law, music licensing etc are being debated
- Guides artists through the complexity of the technology landscape and the modern music industry
- Matches artists with companies that can provide valuable services
- Provides help and advice on new technologies
- Negotiates with companies to secure favourable terms for all FAC artists
- Connects artists to other artists
- Organizes events where artists can share their experience
- Creates opportunities for artists to meet and support each other locally
- Helps artists find a balance between creativity and business
- Aids the development of Artist Organisations all over the world
3. How is the FAC structured and funded?
- The FAC is a not-for profit organisation formed in March 2009
- It has currently one full-time staff member and a number of advisors
- It’s funded by contributions from its members
4. What does it cost to join?
- It is free to join the FAC, donations are optional.
5. What else does FAC do?
The FAC works closely with the MMF and the MU on:
- legislative and policy issues,
- internal industry negotiations
- developing commercial services that can help artists and fund the work of the FAC
- international network development
6. What is a Featured Artist?
- Featured Artists are the performers that are generally considered to form a band (i.e. the individuals that make up Radiohead) or that are understood to be a singer/solo performer (i.e. Billy Bragg or Annie Lennox).
The FAC’s Board of Directors and Office are:
Chris Difford (Squeeze)
Ed O’Brien (Radiohead) (Co-Chair)
Fran Healy (Travis)
Hal Ritson (The Young Punx)
Lucy Pullin (The Fire Escapes)
Nick Mason (Pink Floyd) (Co-Chair)
Ross Millard (The Futureheads)
Roxanne De Bastion
Sandie Shaw (Co-Chair)
Paul Pacifico, CEO
Fiona McGugan, Events & Membership