Future of Music Coalition (www.futureofmusic.org)
i’ve been working with FMC for the last 5 years. FMC provides a crucial bridge between musicians and policy makers. they’re a great resource to keep up with legislation on a national level that affects musicians. i also highly recommend their annual Summit.
RPM: Revolutions Per Minute (www.revolutionsperminute.net)
RPM is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in furthering their own activism. their website provides how-to’s and best practices for better activism, organized by topic.
CASH Music (www.cashmusic.org)
CASH makes open-source web tools for musicians. everything from web widgets to entire hosted back-end solutions for mailing list management, e commerce, and direct to fan. believe me, this is RADICAL. they are a non-profit and will never be bought or sold. they do not build tools on the backs of content creators, they build for and because of content creators. plus they run some kick-ass educational programming for everyone to understand the music business better.
Media Action Grassroots Network (www.mag-net.org)
i believe that how we use media and technology is key to breaking down systemic inequalities. mag-net has several ongoing national campaigns that directly address this, as well as providing a detailed list of local organizations you can get involved in.
Berkman Center For Internet And Society At Harvard University (cyber.law.harvard.edu)
i spent the 2011-12 academic year here as a fellow, focusing on the intersection of activism, policy, and music. berkman is an amazing community of lawyers, developers, activists, social scientists and creators organized around how the internet affects us daily. they also run a tremendous program of events and activities open to the public.