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Objectives

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    Work out a general contract for performing musicians.

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    Contact NYC’s “musicians friendly” venues and discuss a guaranteed performance agreement.

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    Help members become familiar with the inner workings of the music business, including the digital / Internet world.

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    Continue our successful workshop series.

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    Organize an MFM Music Festival for the end of next year (with performances by our members).

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    Improve the member portal.

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    Invite the VIP (1%) musicians to our organization to advocate #MakingMusicIsAProfession.

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    Form alliances with the AFM and other musician support organizations and support them in their endeavors.

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    Reach out to politicians who care for musicians rights.

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    Expand MFM’s on-line magazine DooBeeDooBeeDoo NY to promote our members.

#MakingMusicIsAProfession


Member Benefits

Musicians For Musicians needs your participation in order to grow and make a difference. MFM will provide you with tools, resources, support, and a network of musicians who stand behind one concept: #MakingMusicIsAProfession.

Below are some of the benefits of becoming a member. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us! Or, skip the reading and register now.

We want to advocate for our members and their best interests. We also plan on working with venues in order to improve working conditions for our members, as many musicians are forced to perform for free or are sometimes promised pay that never materializes. We hope to mimic the success musicians have seen in Seattle, WA, where venues have signed a pledge to maintain standards, including written performance agreements, accountability and transparency, sound quality, and a mechanism to improve grievances.

Our website serves as a virtual community for our members, creating a network and offering valuable information to those in the music industry. Our site will provide helpful resources regarding different aspects of the industry such as information on benefits (i.e. health insurance, pension, instrument insurance), intellectual property, venues, how to tour/travel as a musician, and links to recommended ‘musician- friendly’ businesses (i.e. rental & recording studios, instrument stores, publicists). Also, our site will feature a newsletter keeping our members up to date with upcoming events, relevant news, and features on what other members are up to. Further, our site will feature a referral section, which will connect our members to potential job opportunities such as performances or teaching music lessons. We plan on updating the site regularly and will use input from our members to ensure we are serving their needs in the best possible way.

MFM is a non-profit organization. We are always looking to partner with companies, organizations, and anyone who believes in our cause and advocates for musicians’ rights. Through these endorsements, members have access to exclusive discounts on a variety of items. These discounts, whether large or small (i.e. a free cup of coffee vs. 10% recording sessions) facilitate our members day-to-day lives and helps ensure that #MakingMusicIsAProfession. Some discounts include:

  • Discounts on your utility bill
  • Discounted fitness and wellness consultations
  • Supplemental health insurance packages
  • Audio and video production services
  • Discounted affiliate memberships
  • …and more!

The exclusive members-only portal is meant to engage our members and promote constant activity related to music. Within the portal, our members are able to:

  • seek or find fellow musicians for gig opportunities
  • find gear and instruments to rent, buy or sell
  • review music venues and start open discussion
  • review and book rehearsal spaces
  • submit requests for venue and rehearsal listings
  • find access to recording studios
  • … and so much more!

Aside from having fundraisers throughout the year – once a year we will A) host a music festival to create awareness for our industry, which will feature our members, and B) throw a musicians mixer for all members and industry professionals.

There will be paid performances, speaking opportunities, networking events, and special interactive workshops throughout these annual events. Not only will these is be an excellent chance for our members expand their reach among our own community – it is also a great time to promote MFM and spread the word in order to gain new membership.

We aim to have our first annual festival at the end of this year.

Our workshops are designed to encourage and enable our members to gain success in this industry.  We cover a wide variety of topics tailored to the specific needs of working musicians and the issues facing our community.  Our workshops allow us to disseminate beneficial information to our members face to face, with hands-on learning and the opportunity for open discussion. This will also allow our members to come together, get to know each other, and strengthen our community.  Musicians are invited to speak about their music, instrument(s) and culture to the MFM community.

Some of the topics covered include:

  • How to run your own (music) business: independent contractor status or LLC?
  • Why a contract is a must-to-use document when dealing with club owners
  • How to handle marketing, time management and cash flow
  • How we can improve our relationship with clubs
  • Copyright and performance royalty issues; YouTube-Spotify-Pandora payments
  • How to work out your own specific PR strategy and how to deal with publicists, promoters, etc.
  • What it means to be an independent contractor vs. an employee
  • Networking and making connections in our industry

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Here is the C3 (Content Creators Coalition) Newsletter. They're dear friends of us and a powerful organization fighting for musician rights.

"Dear Reader:

Thanks for joining us for this issue of “Music Worker,” a newsletter by the Content Creators Coalition (c3).

(If you are wondering about the name of this newsletter or its purpose, check out our letter from the inaugural issue.)

First, we are excited to welcome our newest Executive Board member, Maggie Vail, Executive Director of the nonprofit CASH Music!

As an artist and indie label manager, Maggie sees and lives the challenges of the modern music world every day. That unique perspective has helped her lead CASH Music’s efforts to empower artists in the digital age and will help boost c3’s efforts to advocate for music creators and lovers alike. Maggie brings a lot to the table for c3 and we are lucky to have her on board.

Second, we have been busy! As the United States Senate considers the Music Modernization Act (“MMA”), c3 is actively supporting the bill. The songwriter pay reforms and promise of fair royalties for performers who recorded music before 1972 are urgently needed. We joined with MusicAnswers in seeking changes to the bill and made headway in the Senate Judiciary Committee. While c3 thinks the bill can be further improved by the Senate, we hope it passes quickly, following the lead of the House of Representatives, which recently passed it by a vote of 415 to 0 and the unanimous approval of the Senate Judiciary Committee on June 28.

We’ve been fighting the concentration of power in the hands of very few tech companies, like Google and Facebook, who essentially act as gatekeepers between artists and their fans and take advantage of outdated laws to profit from the unlicensed use of our music. As the first step in that fight, we’ve joined a Coalition called “Freedom from Facebook,” which is calling to break up the company.

Third, this issue is full of great reads with two particular standout pieces: Rhett Miller’s “The Loneliness of the Long Distance Rocker,” which delves into the distortions of the creative process caused by big data and big tech. Rhett’s article runs in parallel to Jonathan Taplin’s new “afterword” to his groundbreaking Move Fast and Break Things. The book blew the whistle on the philosophical underpinnings of tech companies and their reckless disregard for the destruction of the creative class. This new afterword, which also appears in the just-out paperback edition of the book, picks up the story with new revelations about how that reckless disregard for the damage these platforms cause is undermining American democracy.

In our inaugural edition of “Music Worker,” which was issued just after the Stoneman Douglas school shooting, we vowed that we would continue to press for policies to fight gun violence. Since then, a Waffle House in the “Music City” of Nashville was the scene of more senseless violence. Four died in this shooting, and more would have been lost had it not been for the heroism of James Shaw, Jr., who wrestled the gun from the assailant.

We are continuing to fight on this bedrock issue and c3’s own Executive Board Member Rosanne Cash has joined the Music Council of Everytown for Gun Safety. On June 1st, Everytown’s Music Council announced new members including: Bebe Rexha, Cyndi Lauper, Grizzly Bear, Incubus, Julia Michaels, Justin Tranter, Lizzo, The National, Natalie Merchant, Peaches, Samantha Ronson, Steve Aoki and the X Ambassadors (joining Rosanne, Andrew Bird, Common, Questlove, and Yoko Ono). We encourage you to join Everytown for Gun Safety too.

Finally, like you, we were horrified at the Trump Administration’s “zero tolerance” policy that dictated the inhumane separation of children from their parents, locking children in cages. We spoke out calling for an end to that policy, the reunification of families, and that trauma and counseling support be provided to those affected. We note the ambiguity surrounding the supposed roll back of this policy and remain vigilant about this Administration’s immigration policies.

We’re grateful you’ve joined us and if you find this newsletter valuable, please pass it along to others and encourage them to sign up to receive it directly.

Rosanne Cash
Tommy Manzi
John McCrea
Tift Merritt
Matthew Montfort
Maggie Vail
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