Members of Radiohead, Pink Floyd, and 60’s singer Sandie Shaw have joined the Featured Artists Coalition (FAC) as co-chairs. Ed O'Brien of Radiohead and Nick Mason of Pink Floyd will join Shaw in assisting the UK coalition in helping musicians get a fair shake at the industry. The FAC, started in 2008 to build a network of U.K. musicians and artists, has over 200 members at this point. Some are well known, like Annie Lennox; many are new and unsigned. Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason will carry out his role as the FAC ambassador to the music industry. Sandie Shaw will be charged with direct membership recruitment and Radiohead’s Ed O’Brien will be responsible for the organization’s education initiatives. Mason recently told Music-News,
We plan to focus on really making a difference to our members and artists in general. There are three key reasons people tell us they value being part of the FAC – to make sure they are fairly represented and heard, to network with other artists and to learn from one another – and the structure will allow us do this in a more streamlined way.”The FAC has been in the news for several stories in the past year, including last year’s involvement with a music piracy rant that Lily Allen carried out online. The coalition not only backed her, but carried a lengthy statement on how to deal with piracy, which consisted of a three-strike sanction. Check out the Featured Artists Coalition's website for more information on the organization.