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Managers’ Associations Jointly Reject SAGAFTRA Code

Posted by MMF on Mar 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Managers’ Associations Jointly Reject SAGAFTRA Code


LOS ANGELES, Mar. 24, 2014 ‐‐ As the only United States trade associations representing the
interests of personal managers and their artist clients, the Music Managers Forum – US (MMF‐US),
the National Conference of Personal Managers (NCOPM) and the Talent Managers Association
(TMA) are pleased to issue the following joint statement:


The SAG‐AFTRA Personal Manager Code of Ethics and Conduct, announced by the labor union on
March 4, 2014, is neither acceptable to nor endorsed by our associations.
The associations exist to promote the highest standards of professionalism and ethics, to protect
the interests of the artists we support, and to contribute to the prosperity and the greater good of
our industry.


Our associations disapprove of the manner in which the labor union developed, adopted and
disseminated the SAG‐AFTRA Personal Manager Code of Ethics and Conduct, which we believe
lacked credibility, sincerity and truthfulness.


Although the labor union stated: “SAG‐AFTRA looks forward to establishing a closer, mutually
beneficial relationship with this community to advance the needs of all concerned,” our associations
believe that the SAG‐AFTRA Personal Manager Code of Ethics and Conduct adversely affects the
needs of personal managers, their artist clients and the entertainment industry. Not only is their
Code too disruptive to a manager’s ability to work with and communicate with artists, it includes
SAG/AFTRA’s own legal interpretation of laws relating to managers and agents that would
discourage managers from taking on developmental clients, especially those without agency
representation. Further, SAG/AFTRA has no vetting process, allowing anyone to receive approval
despite a poor reputation, history of poor service or worse.


For these reasons and more, our respective associations do not endorse the newly established SAGAFTRA
Personal Manager Code of Ethics and Conduct.


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Music Manager Forum-US presents the SXSW Managers Peer Group Meeting

Posted by MMF on Jan 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

To All Registered Managers Attending South By Southwest:

 

You are cordially invited to a special, closed-door Managers Peer Group Meeting at South By Southwest 2014, to be held Friday, March 14th from 2:00PM-3:00PM at the Austin Convention Center. MMF-US was able to switch the day away from Saturday in order to accommodate the availability of more managers. Steve Scharf and Steve Garvan will co-host again. For questions or further information, please contact Steve Garvan (MMF-US & IMMF) at steve@garvanmanagement.com  

Like last year, this meeting is an opportunity for like-minded professionals to meet and exchange ideas and suggestions on a variety of issues.  We hope you will take advantage of this unique opportunity.  Please be advised you must be registered at SXSW to gain admission to the Convention Center. MMF-US is also looking into scheduling a casual meet-up off-site for all managers in action for SXSW in Austin.  http://www.sxsw.com. We look forward to seeing you in Austin.

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MMF Mentoring / Roundtable Session at International Folk Alliance Conference

Posted by MMF on Jan 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

MMF US & MMF Canada will be presenting a management mentoring /roundtable session at International Folk Alliance Conference in Kansas City on Friday, February 21, 2014. The two (2) hour session will be for a blend of high-level & developing managers, as well as self-managed artists. The session will be followed by a reception open to all interested attendees of the Folk Alliance Conference. http://www.folkalliance.org/conference

For further information, please contact Steve Garvan steve@garvanmanagement.com

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IMMF General Assembly at MIDEM

Posted by MMF on Jan 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

The IMMF www.imf.com will be holding its annual General Assembly on February 2, 2014 at MIDEM www.midem.com in Cannes, France. Elections will be held for Executive Director, Chairman, & Vice-Chairman. IMMF now consists of up to 20 country chapters globally and they welcome newest affiliates Estonia, Portugal and Spain, and provisional West Africa. IMMF continues to explore various partnerships to increase our education, staffing and other projects.

 

The International Music Manager's Forum (IMMF) represents featured artist music managers and through them the featured artists (performers and authors) themselves. These featured artists are those that are the source of over 95% of the economic activity in the global music industry. Featured artist music managers are uniquely placed to comment on music industry issues, as they are the only group of professionals that deal with every aspect of the music industry and the copyright system as it applies to music on a daily basis. www.immf.com

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STOP THE CALIFORNIA TALENT AGENCIES ACT!

Posted by MMF on Aug 16, 2013 | 0 Comments

For some six decades, the personal management profession has been negatively impacted by the California Labor Commission’s enforcement of the California Talent Agencies Act (TAA). Multi-millions of dollars in commissions have been forfeited by personal managers from California to New York by order of the California Labor Commission. Now, with your help, we want to Stop TAA!

 

With the encouragement of the Music Managers Forum - US and the Talent Managers Association Inc., The National Conference of Personal Managers has petitioned a U. S. Court to seek injunctive and declarative relief by asking the court to find the California Talent Agencies Act and the Labor Commissioner's enforcement of TAA to be unconstitutional under the provisions of the U. S. constitution and to stop the California Labor Commissioner from enforcement of the Talent Agencies Act (TAA).

 

The claims in this action are numerous: that the California Talent Agencies Act is unconstitutional and the Labor Commissioner’s enforcement of the Act also has been unconstitutional:

    (1) TAA is violative of the equal protection and due process provisions of the 14th Amendment of the US Constitution;

    (2) TAA is violative of the contracts clause and the commerce clause of Article One of the US Constitution;

    (3) TAA is violative of the free speech and freedom of association provisions of the First Amendment of the US Consittution; and

    (4) Because the Commissioner disgorges our commissioned salaries and all Americans are guaranteed the right to the benefit of their labor “except as a punishment for a crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted,” and the TAA specifically state that no violation related to unlicensed procurement can be considered a crime, the Labor Commissioner's enforcement is also violative of the 13th Amendment of the US Constitution.

 

To research, write and file the complaint, prepare the briefs, manage the file and argue the case costs money. And while the three personal management organizations are proud to be championing this legal initiative, none have the financial wherewithal to fund this project.

 

That’s where you come in. Individual managers are being asked to contribute at least $200 to the TAA Legal Fund; Personal management firms are asked to contribute $500 to $1,000 or more. The goal is to create a $75,000 war chest.

 

With your support, personal managers can unite to STOP TAA NOW! Click HERE to contribute. 

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Online Retailers & Major Music Companies Launch New Guide To Digital Music Services

Posted by MMF on Jul 09, 2013 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON, D.C. and MARLTON, N.J.– Against the backdrop of an ever-expanding digital marketplace boasting a wide variety of authorized music services, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) with NARM, the music business association, and its affiliated organization digitalmusic.org, today jointly launched the “Why Music Matters” website in the United States (www.whymusicmatters.com), a comprehensive one-stop educational guide for fans looking for information about digital music services and other online retail outlets where they can find their favorite music.

 

Whymusicmatters.com provides fans with a helpful “grid” to learn about 50+ (and growing) online music outlets available in the United States.  This includes services such as mp3 download stores, audio and video streaming services, various mobile phone offerings, digital radio outlets, services that sell physical CDs and LPs online and more.  On whymusicmatters.com, fans can learn how these different options work and discover which is the best fit for their music listening habits, with the ability to click through to the sites themselves for quick and easy access.  Developed by the organizations for the major music companies, music retailers and ecommerce companies, based on original work done by industry colleagues at BPI in the United Kingdom, the website also includes a popular feature of the original U.K. and Australian/New Zealand versions of the Why Music Matters sites: various educational videos about the value of music featuring artists such as Robert Johnson, Louis Armstrong, Jay-Z, Janis Joplin, Kate Bush, Thin Lizzy and others.

 

“The music community has transformed how it does business, and the launch of the Why Music Matters site is another great milestone in that evolution,” said RIAA Chairman & CEO Cary Sherman. “For the first time, in 2011 digital music revenues surpassed those generated from physical sales and that marker was reached because of a breathtaking array of services and platforms embraced by music companies.  We understand that with so many options for accessing music online, users are eager for more information about which services are legitimate and what kinds of functionality they offer. That’s why we’re excited to be partnering with NARM and digitalmusic.org to launch whymusicmatters.com, which will hopefully make it easier for fans to access and discover sites that offer their favorite music.”

 

“We’re grateful to our colleagues at BPI for creating Music Matters in 2010, followed by versions in Australia and New Zealand.  We’re pleased to be able to expand the brand to the United States,” added Sherman. 

 

“We are extremely pleased to be working with the RIAA to launch Why Music Matters. NARM and digitalmusic.org are all about making it easier for fans to get to the music they want, when they want it, and whymusicmatters.com provides them a single, convenient place to survey the legitimate online options that are available in the U.S.,” said NARM President Jim Donio. “With oversight from both our organization and the RIAA, Why Music Matters is almost a ‘Better Business Bureau’ for music on the Internet, and we hope it will increase music fans’ comfort with online music and help promote even more growth in that area.”

 

“The U.S. music market is vibrant and provides a wealth of choice for consumers looking to discover and explore music. We’re thrilled to put Nokia Music and Mix Radio at the heart of Why Music Matters and share our innovation with the advances taking place throughout the ecosystem,” said Jonathan Dworkin, Nokia's Global Head of Business Affairs & Strategy, Entertainment. “Our U.S. and Global footprint brings a unique perspective, and it’s exciting to join the collaboration between NARM and the RIAA in educating consumers about the best services for their needs.”

 

“Without a doubt, the number one frustration music fans have with digital music stores is their lack of a personalized way to discover new music,” said Adam Klein, President and CEO, eMusic. “With catalogs ranging from 15 to 30 million tracks, it can be extremely difficult to find the music most relevant to each individual. Why Music Matters is playing a critical role in addressing this important issue, and we enthusiastically support this initiative.”

 

“Whymusicmatters.com will be a vital tool for music retailers and fans, and I am thrilled that the RIAA, NARM, and digitalmusic.org could come together to create this informational database,” said Rachelle Friedman, Chair of the NARM Board of Directors and CEO of J&R Music & Computer World. “I am particularly pleased at the inclusion of all the Record Store Day participants who are not only active with their physical stores but have active website presence as well, giving people more options as they look for music online.”

 

Said Rich Bengloff, President of the American Association of Independent Music (A2IM), “In the digital realm as long as our artists’ fans are provided with choices as to how to access the music they want, our fans will support music creators by using sites and services that respect the rights of creators. We applaud the Music Matters website as providing both education for fans and a guide to authorized services.”

 

The services and retail outlets listed on whymusicmatters.com are offered online or via a mobile carrier. All listed services have an agreement with at least one of the three major record companies in the United States and most offer significant catalogs of independent music. A service will be listed even if it does not have agreements with all three major record companies so long as the service is not using the copyrighted music of a major record company without authorization. The list also includes services that have signed up for the statutory license available to certain types of radio services, such as SiriusXM, iHeartRadio, and Pandora. For more information on how the services were selected and how a service can be added to the site, please visit http://whymusicmatters.com/pages/faq. 

 

 

Online Retailers & Major Music Companies Launch New Guide To Digital Music Services
WASHINGTON, D.C. and MARLTON, N.J.– Against the backdrop of an ever-expanding digital marketplace boasting a wide variety of authorized music services, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) with NARM, the music business association, and its affiliated organization digitalmusic.org, today jointly launched the “Why Music Matters” website in the United States (www.whymusicmatters.com), a comprehensive one-stop educational guide for fans looking for information about digital music services and other online retail outlets where they can find their favorite music.
 
Whymusicmatters.com provides fans with a helpful “grid” to learn about 50+ (and growing) online music outlets available in the United States.  This includes services such as mp3 download stores, audio and video streaming services, various mobile phone offerings, digital radio outlets, services that sell physical CDs and LPs online and more.  On whymusicmatters.com, fans can learn how these different options work and discover which is the best fit for their music listening habits, with the ability to click through to the sites themselves for quick and easy access.  Developed by the organizations for the major music companies, music retailers and ecommerce companies, based on original work done by industry colleagues at BPI in the United Kingdom, the website also includes a popular feature of the original U.K. and Australian/New Zealand versions of the Why Music Matters sites: various educational videos about the value of music featuring artists such as Robert Johnson, Louis Armstrong, Jay-Z, Janis Joplin, Kate Bush, Thin Lizzy and others.
“The music community has transformed how it does business, and the launch of the Why Music Matters site is another great milestone in that evolution,” said RIAA Chairman & CEO Cary Sherman. “For the first time, in 2011 digital music revenues surpassed those generated from physical sales and that marker was reached because of a breathtaking array of services and platforms embraced by music companies.  We understand that with so many options for accessing music online, users are eager for more information about which services are legitimate and what kinds of functionality they offer. That’s why we’re excited to be partnering with NARM and digitalmusic.org to launch whymusicmatters.com, which will hopefully make it easier for fans to access and discover sites that offer their favorite music.”
“We’re grateful to our colleagues at BPI for creating Music Matters in 2010, followed by versions in Australia and New Zealand.  We’re pleased to be able to expand the brand to the United States,” added Sherman. 
“We are extremely pleased to be working with the RIAA to launch Why Music Matters. NARM and digitalmusic.org are all about making it easier for fans to get to the music they want, when they want it, and whymusicmatters.com provides them a single, convenient place to survey the legitimate online options that are available in the U.S.,” said NARM President Jim Donio. “With oversight from both our organization and the RIAA, Why Music Matters is almost a ‘Better Business Bureau’ for music on the Internet, and we hope it will increase music fans’ comfort with online music and help promote even more growth in that area.”
 
“The U.S. music market is vibrant and provides a wealth of choice for consumers looking to discover and explore music. We’re thrilled to put Nokia Music and Mix Radio at the heart of Why Music Matters and share our innovation with the advances taking place throughout the ecosystem,” said Jonathan Dworkin, Nokia's Global Head of Business Affairs & Strategy, Entertainment. “Our U.S. and Global footprint brings a unique perspective, and it’s exciting to join the collaboration between NARM and the RIAA in educating consumers about the best services for their needs.”
“Without a doubt, the number one frustration music fans have with digital music stores is their lack of a personalized way to discover new music,” said Adam Klein, President and CEO, eMusic. “With catalogs ranging from 15 to 30 million tracks, it can be extremely difficult to find the music most relevant to each individual. Why Music Matters is playing a critical role in addressing this important issue, and we enthusiastically support this initiative.”
“Whymusicmatters.com will be a vital tool for music retailers and fans, and I am thrilled that the RIAA, NARM, and digitalmusic.org could come together to create this informational database,” said Rachelle Friedman, Chair of the NARM Board of Directors and CEO of J&R Music & Computer World. “I am particularly pleased at the inclusion of all the Record Store Day participants who are not only active with their physical stores but have active website presence as well, giving people more options as they look for music online.”
Said Rich Bengloff, President of the American Association of Independent Music (A2IM), “In the digital realm as long as our artists’ fans are provided with choices as to how to access the music they want, our fans will support music creators by using sites and services that respect the rights of creators. We applaud the Music Matters website as providing both education for fans and a guide to authorized services.”
 
The services and retail outlets listed on whymusicmatters.com are offered online or via a mobile carrier. All listed services have an agreement with at least one of the three major record companies in the United States and most offer significant catalogs of independent music. A service will be listed even if it does not have agreements with all three major record companies so long as the service is not using the copyrighted music of a major record company without authorization. The list also includes services that have signed up for the statutory license available to certain types of radio services, such as SiriusXM, iHeartRadio, and Pandora. For more information on how the services were selected and how a service can be added to the site, please visit http://whymusicmatters.com/pages/faq. 

 

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Showtime Developing Series on Music Managers

Posted by MMF on Jun 20, 2013 | 0 Comments

The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard are reporting that Showtime is developing a half-hour comedy series about music managers. Troy Carter, manager for Lady Gaga and John Legend, is on tap to executive produce the show.

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Next Gen Managers panel - Midem 2013

Posted by MMF on Jan 28, 2013 | 0 Comments

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MusiCares Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts

Posted by MMF on Nov 12, 2012 | 0 Comments

Dear Friends,

 

Hurricane Sandy has been devastating and life-altering for its victims, their families, and their communities, and our thoughts and support are with everyone who continues to deal with its aftermath.

 

As we demonstrated with our rapid and effective responses to natural disasters ranging from Hurricane Katrina and the Nashville flood, MusiCares® has established a fund to support members of the music community affected by this most recent catastrophe. The MusiCares Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund has been set up so music people in crisis can quickly get help. Assistance includes basic living expenses such as shelter, food, utilities, and transportation; medical expenses including doctor, dentist and hospital bills, and medications; clothing; instrument and recording equipment replacement; relocation costs; home repairs; debris removal; and more.

 

Music people seeking assistance and individuals interested in supporting MusiCares’ relief efforts should visit www.musicares.org, where they can find:

*An application to apply for assistance:         www.grammy.org/files/pages/sandy_relief_app.pdf

*Toll-free contact numbers:                           1.877.303.6962 or 1.877.626.2748

*A list of other resources:                              www.grammy.org/files/pages/sandy_relief_resources.pdf

*A donation link:                                           www.grammy.org/musicares/donate.

 

MusiCares is able to take action to provide immediate assistance to music people in times of crisis, and this instance is no different. MusiCares’ safety net of resources really mirrors the generosity of the music industry at large, and we as an organization are committed to helping members of our music family who have been most directly impacted by these unimaginable events.

 

Music has always had a unique power to heal, to teach and to unite people, and we all know the difference it has made in our lives. As we enter this upcoming holiday season, we hope that music helps give you and yours some peace and comfort during the recovery process. Please know that your Academy and MusiCares is here for you, and we will continue to be there for those who require assistance for as long as the need remains.

 

Warm regards,

 

George J. Flanigen IV

Chair of the Board of Trustees

The Recording Academy

 

Neil Portnow

President/CEO

The Recording Academy

MUSIC MANAGERS FORUM-US AND WOMEN IN MUSIC VIP INDUSTRY MIXER
Where:            Bowery Electric, 327 Bowery (btwn E. 2nd & E. 3rd Streets), New York, NY (Downstairs Level)
When:             Tomorrow-October 16, 2012 – 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Why:               Network, be educated and meet music managers in our industry, as well as fellow WIM members.
RSVP:             HTTP://BIT.LY/WIMMMFMUSIC MANAGERS FORUM-US AND WOMEN IN MUSIC VIP INDUSTRY MIXER
Where:            Bowery Electric, 327 Bowery (btwn E. 2nd & E. 3rd Streets), New York, NY (Downstairs Level)
When:             Tomorrow-October 16, 2012 – 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Why:               Network, be educated and meet music managers in our industry, as well as fellow WIM members.
RSVP:             HTTP://BIT.LY/WIMMMFMUSIC MANAGERS FORUM-US AND WOMEN IN MUSIC VIP INDUSTRY MIXER
Where:            Bowery Electric, 327 Bowery (btwn E. 2nd & E. 3rd Streets), New York, NY (Downstairs Level)
When:             Tomorrow-October 16, 2012 – 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Why:               Network, be educated and meet music managers in our industry, as well as fellow WIM members.
RSVP:             HTTP://BIT.LY/WIMMM

 

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Chicago Networking Event

Posted by MMF on Oct 29, 2012 | 0 Comments

Join us for our annual MMF Chicago Networking Event. 

 

Where:            City Winery, 1200 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL

When:             November 15, 2012 – 7:00 PM 

RSVP:             Email: justin (at) kiqstartmusic (dot) com

MUSIC MANAGERS FORUM-US AND WOMEN IN MUSIC VIP INDUSTRY MIXER
Where:            Bowery Electric, 327 Bowery (btwn E. 2nd & E. 3rd Streets), New York, NY (Downstairs Level)
When:             Tomorrow-October 16, 2012 – 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Why:               Network, be educated and meet music managers in our industry, as well as fellow WIM members.
RSVP:             HTTP://BIT.LY/WIMMMFMUSIC MANAGERS FORUM-US AND WOMEN IN MUSIC VIP INDUSTRY MIXER
Where:            Bowery Electric, 327 Bowery (btwn E. 2nd & E. 3rd Streets), New York, NY (Downstairs Level)
When:             Tomorrow-October 16, 2012 – 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Why:               Network, be educated and meet music managers in our industry, as well as fellow WIM members.
RSVP:             HTTP://BIT.LY/WIMMMFMUSIC MANAGERS FORUM-US AND WOMEN IN MUSIC VIP INDUSTRY MIXER
Where:            Bowery Electric, 327 Bowery (btwn E. 2nd & E. 3rd Streets), New York, NY (Downstairs Level)
When:             Tomorrow-October 16, 2012 – 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Why:               Network, be educated and meet music managers in our industry, as well as fellow WIM members.
RSVP:             HTTP://BIT.LY/WIMMM

 

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