MFM Public Musician Forum

MFM Public Musicians Forum #8 Report

By Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi | November 8, 2018

Report by Dawoud Kringle (with Ken Hatfiled) MFM held its 8th Public Musician Forum in New York on Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018. The meeting was run by jazzman Billy Harper (MFM Board member) and Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi (MFM President). Saadat began with suggesting that the meeting adhere to a simple agenda. 1. Discussion of what…

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MFM and Eclectix

MFM & Eclectix to Present an Evening of Jazz in Support of Professional Musicians

By Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi | August 27, 2018

MFM & Eclectix to Present an Evening of Jazz in Support of Professional Musicians Wednesday, Sept 5th, 7-9 PM at Zinc Bar (NY) The Event Will Feature Tenor Sax Master Billy Harper and His Group and the E.C.O. Ensemble, a Jazz Composers’ Quintet New York City, Aug. 16, 2018 – Musicians for Musicians (MFM), a…

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ACTION ALERT! Let's Support the CLASSICS ACT w. Mark Ribot and C3!!!

By Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi | June 7, 2018

MFM is joining our friends Marc Ribot of ARC 802 and the Content Creators Coalition (c3’s) in fighting for the CLASSICS Act (which we discussed in previous MFM meetings) ensuring that all pre-1972 artists are compensated for their work. Oregon Senator Ron Wyden, acting in Silicon Valley corporate interests, has introduced the anti-artist “Access” bill…

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Chicago’s Randy Chertkow and Jason Feehan, MFM Members and Authors On WGCO!

By Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi | May 25, 2018

Chicago’s Randy Chertkow and Jason Feehan, MFM Members and authors of the book Indie Band Survival Guide, will be on Playtime with Bill Turck and Kerri Kendall on Sunday May 27, 2018 from 2-3 PM Central time on WGCO. 1590 WCGO is a 10,000 watt radio station with studios in Evanston, IL.  One of the few independently owned and…

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MFM Public Musicians Forum #6

By Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi | May 7, 2018

MFM Public Musicians Forum #6 “Musicians – we have to stop being so proud of being “very independent” and realize that: We are not alone. We are connected as in group of jazz musicians or, just group of musicians. Like it or not …… it has been the “negative stigma” placed on us as a “group”. Therefore, it is…

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MFM Public Musicians Forum #5: Addressing Tough Questions

By Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi | April 29, 2018

Review by Dawoud Kringle On Thursday, April 19th, MFM presented its fifth Musicians Forum. The meeting was a little late in starting. As we waited, the subject of strategies for the MFM agenda, the politics of the music business, and various pension plans were casually discussed. There was also discussion about union vs. nonunion contracts.…

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Attention: MFM’s President Official Statement Reg. the Music Modernization Act (MMA)

By Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi | April 17, 2018

Since February – as the President of MFM and a 24/7 professional musician – I’ve been doing my “homework” reg. the Music Modernization Act (MMA). I’ve been talking about this bill to people from the music industry, musician advocacy organizations, my union, professional musicians around me and music activists. Trying to get an understanding of…

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Jazz Legend Billy Harper joined MFM's Board!!!

By Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi | April 7, 2018

“Musicians – we have to stop being so proud of being “very independent” and realize that: We are not alone. We are connected as in group of jazz musicians or, just group of musicians. Like it or not …… it has been the “negative stigma” placed on us as a “group”. Therefore, it is necessary for us to “join…

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MFM Public Musicians Forum #4 Focuses Upon Women's Issues in the Music Business

By Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi | April 7, 2018

Ladies Night! Review by Dawoud Kringle On Tuesday, March 27th, MFM held its fourth Public Musicians Forum at Yeoryia Studios in New York run by Billy Harper and MFM’s President Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi. Saadat opened the meeting by bringing up the recent gun control protests. Here are a group of mostly teens who, overnight, organized a nationwide protest.…

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Ken Hatfield Joins the MFM Advisory Committee

By Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi | April 2, 2018

Let’s welcome Ken Hatfield to the MFM Advisory Committee who brings a wealth of knowledge of “the business.” He’s been attending several MFM meetings and did a presentation on the Music Modernization Act issues last month. He shares with us the belief in a fair and sustainable musical eco-system in which all the participants share equally in the revenues generated…

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