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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.

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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