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Personal Managers Interchange

Posted by MMF on Feb 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

MMF Members are invited to meet with personal managers from all segments of the entertainment industry nationwide for networking, education and business insight. Then join us for an exciting and memorable evening as we honor the first inductees into the Personal Managers Hall of Fame. All of this April 22-23, 2015, in Greater Palm Springs, California. MMF-US Members receive $50 discount. Click HERE for more information.

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The Music Managers Panel

Posted by MMF on Sep 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

Music Managers Forum-US and Women in Music presented The Managers Panel, in accordance to MMF-US’s goal to educate and provide a forum to discuss the issues and problems facing the music industry manager. The event was held to a capacity-filled audience of young and aspiring managers plus Women in Music and MMF-US members at the corporate offices of BMI on September 17, 2014. Women in Music, in partnership with the Music Mangers Forum-US presented this panel of expert music managers who addressed the role a manager plays in today's industry, strategies that work, strategies that don't work, anecdotes to inspire and teach us, the economics of being an artist manager, latest issues that are challenging music managers as well as their artists, and much more. 

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Music Managers Forum-US and Women in Music present: The Music Managers Panel - 9/17/14

Posted by MMF on Sep 04, 2014 | 0 Comments

Today's music managers are faced with unique challenges. They are not only managing the careers of their artists but also, often times, playing the role of the CEO of a music industry business. Women in Music, in partnership with the Music Mangers Forum US, is proud to present this panel of expert music managers who will address the role a manager plays in today's industry, strategies that work, strategies that don't work, anecdotes to inspire and teach us, the economics of being an artist manager, latest issues that are challenging music managers as well as their artists, and much more. Whether you are interested in a career as a music manager, are a music manager looking to learn from your peers, or are in any other part of the industry and want to gain a better knowledge of the landscape we work within, join us for what will most definitely be a very rewarding and interesting evening!

Panelists:
Jessica Weitz (MCT Management -- Citizen Cope, Dar Williams, Nina Persson (The Cardigans), Marshall Crenshaw, etc.)
Dawn Barger - Founder, Post Hoc Management - The National, The Antlers, The Long Count, Sounds of the South
Alan Wolmark - Owner / President CEC Management - MMF-US Board Member
Barry Bergman - Owner Barry Bergman Management & Ellymax Music Co. / WoodMonkey Music - Founder & President MMF-US

Moderator: Yaya Rey - Owner / President YA IndieGround House Management - MMF-US Board Member

September 17th, 2014, 6:30pm to 8:45pm
Panel- 6:30pm to 8:15pm, with short networking reception to follow.
BMI Offices, 30th Floor Conference Space
7 World Trade Center, NYC
FREE for WIM and MMF Members. $15 for non-members.

*All attending MUST RSVP by Septemer 16th at 2pm (EST). Light refreshments and snacks will be served.

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MMF Crowdfunding Comparison

Posted by MMF on May 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

One of our goals at Music Managers Forum-US is to educate and disseminate information regarding areas of interest to managers. Below is an MMF-US exclusive: a short Q&A with representatives from leading music crowd funding services/platforms. These answers furnished to MMF-US for the Q&A are posted exactly as provided from each of the responders. Because music managers may advise their clients to utilize alternatives for funding creative projects outside of the major/indie label system, MMF-US hopes to help popularize some of the options through the dissemination of this first-hand information.  

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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!

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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.

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