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Mission Statement (November 19, 2018)

MFM seeks to bring together musicians from all disciplines, styles, traditions and localities in the cause of their mutual self-betterment; we seek to promote all conditions which benefit the musicians’ community and the music created by it, and oppose all those which do it harm.

#UnityInTheMusicCommunity

MFM and the music community achieved a big victory October 11, 2018: THE MUSIC MODERNIZATION ACT (MMA)
became law. Besides overlooking the MMA for the next 5 years, the Case Act, the Fair Pay Fair Play Act, and the Classics Act will need to be monitored closely. But probably the most important upcoming action concerns 512 reform of the the Digital Millennium Copyright Act's "safe harbor" provisions.

It's a fact: #MakingMusicIsAProfession

Be it a bandmate, a club owner, a political candidate, a small record label, or a corporate conglomerate, or a popular music streaming service – with the absence of legislation and accountability, unfairness is deeply rooted in our industry.

Objectives

Work out a general contract for performing musicians.

Improve the member portal.

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

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

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

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

Reach out to politicians who care for musicians rights.

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

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

Dr. Cornel West
Joe Lovano
David Liebman
Kaveh Haghtalab
Greg Tate
Mazz Swift
Todd Barkan
Locksmith
Mary Halvorson
Marc Cary
LaRonda Davis
Leni Stern
Arturo O'Farrill
Jeri Silverman
Ehren Hanson & Adam Maalouf
Amelie Daniel
William Parker & Claudia Acuna
David Newhoff
Meera Dugal
Kamyar Arsani
Kai Falkenberg
Sameer Gupta
Jocelyn Bonadio-de-Freitas
Ben Ratliff
Neva E. Wartell
Neel Murgai
Jonathan Blake
Darrell M. McNeill
Andrew Schulman

#MakingMusicIsAProfession

If you believe in MFM, please get on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or the platform of your choice and snap a photo of yourself displaying our mission: #MakingMusicIsAProfession. or #UnityInTheMusicCommunity Be proud and say it loud!

Member Benefits

MFM needs your participation in order to grow and make a difference. We 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.

MFM's New Friend And $ Contributor: Mario Guarneri (Jazz In The Neighborhood, SF)

By Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi | October 23, 2016

Mario, thanks for your contribution! Respect! MFM got a new friend and future ally: musician and activist Mario Guarneri (founder and artistic director of Jazz in the Neighborhood in San Francisco). Thanks Ellen Seeling (JazzWomen and Girls Advocates) for bringing us together! Yesterday I had a long friendly telephone conversation with Mario. During the conversation we covered […]

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Review: MFM Workshop "Make Music Your Business" #6 w. Rick DellaRatta (Justice For Peace)

By Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi | October 23, 2016

Jazz for Peace provides Empowerment Grants, sustainable funding and advocacy for non-profits and all outstanding causes worldwide for over a decade to enable them to be more productive and successful. Date: September 27, 2016 Venue: WeWork Wall Street (NY) Review by Dawoud Kringle The MFM workshop “Make Music Your Business” #6 with jazz musician, activist and founder […]

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MFM's 1st Alliance: Afro Latin Jazz Alliance (ALJA). Congrats!

By Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi | September 21, 2016

  Afro Latin Jazz Alliance Partners with Musicians for Musicians   Making Music Is A Profession    New York, NY – Monday, September 12, 2016 — Two innovative music nonprofits, Afro Latin Jazz Alliance (ALJA) and Musicians for Musicians (MFM), partner for the advocacy of advancing music as a profession and guiding musicians to rethink their […]

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