#GivingTuesday 2016: MFM’s Counting On You Today!

#Givingtuesday 2016 logo#GivingTuesday 2016 is here: please make a money contribution to Musicians For Musicians (MFM) on New York’s first ever statewide day of giving!

Please contribute here today (we appreciate any kind of amount of money): http://musiciansformusicians.org/contributions/

None of MFM’s forthcoming activities will be possible without your help. You are: the music loving public, music business people, the media, music companies, politicians who care for musicians rights AND the musicians who haven’t joined MFM yet. Without your support, it would be impossible for MFM to continue serving her members and the community both near and far in this way. We’re counting on you to take MFM to an higher level as an organization empowering musicians and fighting for their rights.

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Music As A Political Weapon: An Editorial by Musicians for Musicians, and DooBeeDooBeeDoo NY

Written by Dawoud Kringle, with Sohrab Saadat Ladjavardi 

Musicians rights imageShortly after midnight, after the results of the presidential election were announced, I posted the following words on Facebook and Twitter

Here lies the United States of America;
Born July 4th, 1776
Died November 8th, 2016.

Granted, the gesture may have been overly dramatic. But it conveys a valid sentiment.

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Andrew Schulman, author and musician

Book Review: Andrew Schulman’s “Waking the Spirit:

 …a Musician’s Journey Healing Body, Mind, and Soul”

Book Review by Dawoud Kringle

Andrew Schulman book coverMusic is the oldest, and the newest, thing in medicine. There are centuries worth of traditions from every culture humanity ever produced that explore the practical application of music as a form of medicine. From the beginning of recorded history to around the 17th Century, music was an integral part of medicine. When Western allopathic medicine began to reveal details of human biology, they simultaneously instituted the erroneous idea that the human body is mere biology unconnected with the mind. Humanity has yet to fully recover from this disaster. Hundreds of books are written in English about music. The rise of the practice of music therapy, or medicinal applications of music in the West is, however, a relatively new phenomenon.

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MFM Mixer: Musicians for Musicians Brings More To The Table

Paul Testagrossa, Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi & Arturo O'Farrill

Paul Testagrossa, Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi & Arturo O’Farrill

Text By Dawoud Kringle

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016, Musicians for Musicians conducted (what was for them) an experiment: a semi-informal mixer. Members and non-members were all welcome. It was held at WeWork Wall Street in Lower Manhattan.

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