Category Archives: MFM

Press rally: David Byrne speaking

New York Press Rally: Save the Arts!

Text, photos and videos by Dawoud Kringle

On Monday April 3rd, musicians, artists, actors, poets, and dancers assembled on the steps of City Hall to protest the attempt on the part of the Trump administration to destroy art and culture in the United States. This press rally “Save The Arts” was organized by Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer.

Press Rally with MFM's hashtag sign

Representatives of the Local 802 Musicians Union, The Actors Equity Association, Musicians for Musicians, Asian American Arts Alliance, and other music and arts organizations gathered at the steps of City Hall. David Byrne (Talking Heads), L. Steven Taylor (The Lion King), Ciara Renée (actress, singer, and musician) , The CEOs of the New York Public Library systems, Neil Shapiro of WNET, president of the Local 802 Tino Gagliardi, Brooklyn Council member Mark Trager, Bronx council member Andy King, Council Member Helen Rosenthal (Upper West Side), New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark Viverito and others spoke and shared their views on the dynamics and nuances of this important issue.

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David Liebman and Sohrab At MFM Talk Series #1

MFM Talk Series “Make Music Your Business” No.1 w. David Liebman

“…After all, it is our livelihood and art that are being downgraded as we speak. I support the efforts of MFM towards organizing musicians to develop a new paradigm.” – David Liebman

Date: March 23, 2017
Venue: WeWork Bryant Park (NY)
Text by Dawoud Kringle

On Thursday, March 23rd, Musicians for Musicians (MFM) presented the first Talk. The guest of honor was David Liebman, who’s a member of MFM’s Advisory Committee. The event was hosted and moderated by MFM President Sohrab Saadat Ladjavardi. This was the first of such “Round Table Talks,” and promised to deliver an immensely interesting and informative dialogue.

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#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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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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