Latest News From AFEM
July 2019 – AFEM & Consolidated Independent launch Metadata Best Practice Guide
Across the industry, creators, labels and publishers lose out on revenue each year due to incomplete or inconsistent metadata. AFEM’s Metadata Working Group teamed up with Consolidated Independent to create an easy-to-understand guide on music metadata best practice. You can view and download the guide here.
AFEM and CI publish music meta-data guide
July 2019 – Songtrust: ‘Modern Guide to Publishing’
Songtrust have created this very informative ‘Modern Guide to Publishing’ to help creators & others in the industry to better understand how usage of music creates publishing royalties around the world. You can download and read the guide here.
June 2019 – Mental Health First Aid Training for AFEM Members
On Friday 21st June, Eclectic Toolbox delivered an excellent Mental Health First Aid England training event for AFEM members in London. Raising awareness of Mental Health First Aid training within electronic music and ensuring staff in every workplace in our industry are mental health savvy is one of AFEM’s key health objectives.
The eclectic Toolbox blog can be read here.
June 2019 – Australian Performing Right Organisation, APRA AMCOS joins AFEM
We are pleased to announce that Australian Performing Rights Organisation, APRA AMCOS have now joined AFEM.
Leading the way for many years in utilising music recognition technology to ensure that creators who get played are getting more accurately paid, APRA AMCOS represents more than 20,000 electronic and dance music creators, including Flume, Empire of the Sun, PNAU, Alison Wonderland, Rüfüs Du Sol, Sia, VASSY, along with APRA AMCOS Ambassadors Amba Shepherd, Jane Arnison, DJ John Ferris, Julian Hamilton (The Presets), KLP, Simon Lewicki (Groove Terminator), and David Greene, Ilan Kidron and Johnny Sonic (Potbelleez).
June 2019 – French Performing Right Organisation, SACEM joins AFEM
In 2014, AFEM dedicated itself to transforming the rights and royalties landscape by advocating that when electronic music is played, the creators and rights-holders of the music get paid.
In the following 5 years, Collective Rights Management Organisations across 18 territories have adopted technology to identify the music played at DJ events to improve royalty payment accuracy.
In this time we have also seen key streaming and retail services deploy music recognition tech to ID music in the mix online.
As an organisation, AFEM have created platforms for pan-industry leadership and discussion, without boundaries, barriers and bias.
Over the past year, we have taken time and consulted widely to create a new ‘Affiliate Membership’ category to enable progressive Performing and Neighbouring Rights Organisations to engage with AFEM and support our transformational aim.
We are pleased to announce that the French Performing Right Organisation, Sacem, have now joined AFEM, with a further PRO’s membership to be announced shortly.
Sacem joining AFEM represents a clear commitment to dialogue and development of policies & activities which best support electronic music.
The first, we hope, of many.
May 2019 – AFEM German Members Meeting
Thank you to those who attended our members meeting in Berlin on the 8th May. Special thanks to Soundcloud for hosting the meeting and for their presentation. A highly engaged meeting where we also ran the first session to capture views on the best elements of electronic music culture. The start of a process to ensure that AFEM seeks to promote, preserve & protect the elements that people are most passionate about and drawn to.
April 2019 – Falmouth University offer exclusive discount to AFEM members on their ‘Attitude is Everything, Disability Equality for the Live Event Industry Training’ course
UK charity Attitude is Everything has teamed up with Falmouth University – one of the UK’s leading creative universities – to offer a 2-week online course in disability equality within the live events industry.
Falmouth Flexible’s Attitude is Everything Disability Equality for the Live Event Industry Training course will give you the in-depth knowledge and practical skills you need to meet Deaf and disabled customers’ access requirements at your next event.
The course builds on Attitude is Everything’s almost 20 years’ experience in improving Deaf and disabled people’s access to live music and events, with a focus on the operational and legal aspects of inclusivity.
Falmouth Flexible also offers a 2-week online course in A Greener Festival Assessor Training, helping you to effectively assess environmental operations at festivals and events and make your next event more environmentally-friendly.
The course is offered in partnership with A Greener Festival – a not-for-profit organisation that has led the way in assessing environmental operations at events and festivals around the world for over a decade.
AFEM members benefit from an exclusive 15% discount off these courses.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for discount details
March 2019 – Confidential Sexual Harassment Support Service
AFEM’s confidential support service for anyone affected by sexual harassment within the Electronic Music Industry. Health Assured provide the service to ensure confidential expert counselling.
A safe and supportive environment for anyone who has been affected and needs guidance and support.
Call 0800 030 5182, (Outside the UK: +44 800 030 5182) where trained experts will listen and support.
March 2019 – Futures Forum, Royal Garden Hotel, Kensington, London
AFEM Regional Manager Tristan Hunt joins Jana Watkins (Live Nation), Fiona McGugan (MMF) Jenny Cochrane (AEI Group) Achal Dhillion (Killing Moon) to discuss Surviving The Business: Health & Wellbeing In Live.
Hosted at Futures Forum – a day of discussion and networking among the next generation of live music industry leaders.
March 2019 – AFEM Amsterdam Members Meeting
Thank you to those who attended our members meeting in Amsterdam on the 6th March. Special thanks to FUGA for hosting the meeting and to Fontys ACI and Hi-Phi Music for their presentations. A super-engaging exchange of industry insights with 18 members in attendance and guests including the Director of ADE, Mariana Sanchotene and the Night Mayor of Amsterdam, Shamiro van der Geld.
March 2019 – Membership Vote To Approve AFEM Bylaws
AFEM reached a significant milestone in terms of governance this month as the membership voted unanimously to approve the Bylaws that will serve as the rule book for all activity within our Association. The Bylaws are the end result of a review of governance in comparable industry associations and months of diligent work by AFEM’s Governance Committee.
The full AFEM Bylaws document can be found here.
February 2019 – AFEM UK Members Meeting
Thank you to everyone who attended the UK members meeting at The Ministry in London on 27th February. 31 members attended the event which included presentations from Mixed Race Faces, Music For Mental Wealth, Tom Middleton – Sleep Better / Sonux and Brighton Music Conference.
February 2019 – AFEM Thought Piece
AFEM Thought Piece: “Feeling Overwhelmed? Pause. Breathe. Refocus.” AFEM Regional Manager, Tristan Hunt shares a thought piece on dealing with the day-to-day impact work can have on your mental health (AFEM)
January 2019 – Songtrust Industry Spotlight
Songtrust interviews AFEM General Manager, Greg Marshall for their latest industry spotlight, read the full interview here.
December 2018 – Mobile Phone Use at Electronic Music Events Survey
AFEM and Eventbrite have collaborated on a research project to gather the industry’s perspective on the use of mobile phones to photograph and video at electronic music events.
The full report will be available next month including views from AFEM Artist Ambassador Anja Schneider and Mark Knight from Toolroom. Early press link here
November 2018 – DanceMusicProduction.com Provide Exclusive Discount for AFEM Members
Dance Music Production is the longest running Electronic Music E-learning website. Founded in 2003, we produce the highest quality, informative video tutorials on the production of electronic dance music available anywhere. Not only do we have an extensive history in electronic dance music but our textbook, the Dance Music Manual, has earned a place on the required and recommended reading list for many colleges and universities.
All AFEM members get an exclusive 15% discount across the site (except on non-DMP products or sale products).
For further details email: email@example.com
October 2018 – AFEM Endorse the We Have Voice Code of Conduct
We Have Voice created a powerful code which aims to stamp out sexual harassment and create safer space for everyone in the music scene and beyond. AFEM endorses this code and stands behind the brave men and women speaking out about this issue. We invite our members and friends to share the code, and to share ideas for how we can expand upon it to further enhance representation, diversity and inclusion in the electronic music scene.
Link to the Code of Conduct here
October 2018 – AFEM & CI Metadata Best Practice Guide Launched
Our Metadata Best Practice guide provides an essential high-level, straightforward and understandable introduction to any artist, manager, producer or executive who is new to metadata, and a reminder to those already working with it.
Download the Metadata Best Practice Guide here
September 2018 – Ibiza Loves Ears / ACS Custom Provide Exclusive Discount for AFEM Members
By celebrating life and producing loud sounds while doing so, we create a growing problem that affects many of us: music-induced hearing loss (MIHL) & tinnitus. We believe in the importance of education about hearing conservation that will create a global shift in awareness around these problems, caused by music.
To provide a solution for professionals and our fellow music lovers, we offer Music Industry standard hearing protection from ACS Custom with a discount of 15% for AFEM members.
For any questions or inquiries contact – firstname.lastname@example.org
http://acscustom.es/en | http://ibizalovesears.com
August 2018 – Moon Jelly Agency Provide Exclusive Discount for AFEM Members
Moon Jelly Agency is an online hub for DJs and producers, focused on marketing tips, tricks, tools, and services for musicians.A proper marketing strategy is super important in today’s digital world, and that’s why Moon Jelly has created an article library where you can find everything you need to rock your own marketing.
All AFEM members get 3 months of full free access to the Moon Jelly library. If you’d like to get access, please contact email@example.com
July 2018 – Songtrust Provide Exclusive Discount for AFEM Members
Songtrust is the world’s largest publishing royalty collection company enabling over 150,000 songwriters and 20,000 publishers to collect their publishing royalties globally for over 1,000,000 copyrights. Songtrust maintains direct relationships with 50+ performance and mechanical publishing collection societies and digital services globally covering 120+ territories – the most extensive, accessible publishing network in the industry.
AFEM members receive a 25% discount on the one-time registration fee using the code: AFEM-ST
Contact Mandy Aubry at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss business account opportunities.
July 2018 – Kwettr Provide Exclusive Discount for AFEM Members
Monetizing social media channels: Kwettr provides services to let fans pay for music using tweets, likes, snaps, selfies, Spotify or YouTube follows. Marketing tools include social payment systems integrated in any website, online games to unlock content and analytical tools. Social media reports include IBM Watson analyses: predicting sales using artificial intelligence. Direct message campaigns on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
Kwettr offers labels and artists promotional campaigns aimed to increase revenue on Spotify, Apple Music and Beatport.
Exclusive Member Discount: 15% discount on any Kwettr campaign or product, 20% discount on annual plans.
June 2018 – Management Structure Update
As of June 1, AFEM’s Management team structure has changed. After 4 years as CEO, Mark Lawrence has stepped away from front line duties into an Advisor role, Greg Marshall has increased responsibilities in a new General Manager role and we welcome two new members to the team, Shino Allen as Events & Communications Manager and Tristan Hunt as Regional Manager. The new structure and resource will help push AFEM into the next phase of its growth and ensure we provide the best possible service and experience to the AFEM membership
May 2018 – DJ Mag run AFEM Mental & Physical Health working group’s exclusive feature on mental health in electronic music.
Link to the feature here. With insights and advice from across the industry, including our partner Help Musicians UK, the exclusive feature on mental health in electronic music helps increase understanding and sets the scene for one of the key themes at this week’s IMS Ibiza. For UK support on mental health issues contact Music Minds Matters on MMM@helpmusicians.org.uk or 24/7 freephone 0808 802 8008. For international support email email@example.com
April 2018 – Petit Legal Provide Exclusive Discount for AFEM Members
Petit Legal is an Amsterdam based law firm for creatives and entrepreneurs, which has a strong focus on the dance music industry. The company is recently founded by Sander Petit LL.M, who is admitted to The Netherlands Bar. Petit Legal helps out dj’s, producers, record labels, publishers, promoters, artwork designers and booking agencies among others with legal advice regarding intellectual property, contracts, negotiations and litigation.
Exclusive discount for AFEM members: €50 per hour discount on first assignment and then a subsequent 5% discount on hourly rate.
If a fixed fee applies (for example for reviewing a contract to Dutch law) a discount of €50 on the total fixed fee for the first assignment and 5% for all following fixed fee assignments.
For more details contact – firstname.lastname@example.org
March 2018 – ‘Night Lives: Reducing Drug-Related Harm in the Night Time Economy’ report published
AFEM contributed to the illuminating report published by The Loop, Volteface, Durham University and The All-Party Parliamentary Group For Drug Policy Reform focusing on harm reduction recommendations within UK night life.
Read the full Night Lives report here
The four key recommendations in the report are:
1. Drug safety testing services available to the general public in night life districts;
2. An independent information campaign on reducing drug-related harm;
3. Training for night life staff in how to respond effectively to drug use in the NTE;
4. The adoption of the UK festival drug policy of ‘3Ps: Prevent, Pursue, Protect’ in licensed venues.
AFEM will continue our work as part of a collective effort to inform, educate and bring about changes to reduce drug-related harm.
January 2018 – AFEM Turn Out At Parliament To Support The AGENT OF CHANGE Bill To Protect Music Venues In The UK.
AFEM fully supports the AGENT OF CHANGE Bill to protect music venues in the UK. It is essential that the value of clubs and music venues is recognised and protected as they are the life-blood of the wider music industry, especially in electronic music. The Agent of Change bill is a chance to enshrine into UK law, provisions to protect existing music venues from facing closure or crippling cost arising from development of new residential properties in their vicinity. Link to media here
December 2017 – AFEM Launches Confidential Sexual Harassment Support Service
AFEM has launched a confidential support service for anyone affected by sexual harassment within the Electronic Music Industry. Health Assured will be providing the service to ensure confidential expert counselling.
We can now point to a safe and supportive environment for anyone who has been affected and needs guidance and support.
Call 0800 030 5182, (Outside the UK: +44 800 030 5182) where trained experts will listen and support.
The service has been funded initially through contributions from DJ Mag and a small number of AFEM Members.
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December 2017 – Help Musicians UK Launch 24/7 Mental Health Support Line For The Music Industry
AFEM is proud to support the Help Musicians UK (HMUK) launch of its landmark new 24/7 mental health service ‘Music Minds Matter’ for anyone working in the music industry.
The Music Minds Matter service is the industry’s most comprehensive yet – combining advice, signposting, clinical pathways and professional therapeutic services, including counselling and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). Uniquely, the service also provides access to the charity’s grant funding, and individuals may also access advice on legal issues, debt and benefits. This is a first for the British music industry.
Those needing help and emotional support can call 0808 802 8008 free of charge, 24 hours a day, seven days a week or email MMM@helpmusicians.org.uk (please note a 48-hour turnaround)
November 2017 – ROTOR Videos Provide Exclusive Discount Offer For AFEM Members
Rotor offers a tool for creating promotional videos and music videos very quickly and inexpensively. Through the Rotor web app it is simple to create short-form promo videos with text overlays and full music videos – and you need nothing more than a track.
You can add your own images and video clips to your videos or you can make use of Rotor’s free footage library of over 3000 clips. Rotor is used by hundreds of independent labels and also Sony and Universal UK.
AFEM members can receive 20% off all videos with Rotor – contact email@example.com for the discount code. Sign up is free – rotorvideos.com
November 2017 – AFEM Diversity & Inclusion Working Group Launched
Diversity & Inclusion covers race, age, sexuality as well as gender. The purpose of this AFEM group is to raise awareness of the current imbalance in electronic music, and to establish a clear strategy for positive action and progress going forward. Open to all AFEM members, if you would like to get involved or to find out more information please contact either Greg Marshall firstname.lastname@example.org or the group chair Sarah Anderson SarahAnderson@thomasstjohn.com
October 2017 – Next AFEM Executive Board Confirmed
Following our online election process in which 23 members stood as candidates for 14 Board positions, we can now confirm the next AFEM Executive Board is as follows:
Andi Durrant, This Is Distorted, Europe
Bob Barbiere, Dubset, North America
Elizabeth Muirhead, BMAT, Europe
FELIX, North America
John Acquaviva, Plus 8 Capital, North America
Lee Morrison, Brighton Music Conference, Europe
Mark Quail, Mark Quail, North America
Matt Abbott, Label Worx, Europe
Rainbow Gao, Mansion Shanghai, Asia
Ralf Kollmann, Mobilee, Europe
Ritty Van Straalen, Fourmation Entertainment, Europe
Steve Hogan, WME, Europe
Tom Nieuweboer, !K7, Europe
Tristan Hunt, AudioLock, Europe
Ben Turner, Graphite, Europe
Kurosh Nasseri, Nasseri, North America
October 2017 – Polls Now Open To Vote In Next AFEM Executive Board
The online ballot is now open for members to vote in the AFEM Executive Board election.
The Executive Board is responsible for ‘rapid reaction’ and operational decision-making needed to deliver the overall strategy of AFEM.
The ballot will remain open from 1st October until 13th October at 18.00 GMT, with the new Executive Board being announced at our Annual General Meeting in Amsterdam on the 17th October.
August 2017 – Call For Nominations: AFEM Executive Board Election 2017
We are planning a full election to vote in the next AFEM Executive Board to sit from October 31, 2017 – October 30, 2019 and are calling for candidates.
All AFEM members, including incumbent board members are free to stand.
Nominations will be accepted from today through to the close of business on Friday, September 15, 2017.
For further details email email@example.com
July 2017 – Mixcloud Provide Exclusive Promo Offer For AFEM Members
Mixcloud is a fully licensed platform for long form audio meaning mixes, radio shows and podcasts with over 1 million people uploading globally and over 17 million unique monthly users.
An exclusive promo plan is being offered to AFEM members who plan to start uploading regularly to Mixcloud:
• Free Pro Account
• Enhanced profile visibility and bespoke support for high quality AFEM member content across the platform.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
June 2017 – AFEM partner with Beatport for producer mentoring programme
AFEM is proud to partner with Beatport on their “Beats in School” producer contest. If you want to be mentored by a top electronic music label check this out! Beatport.com/beatsinschool
May 2017 – Artist Ambassadors Announced at IMS Ibiza
At the International Music Summit Ibiza, we announced our first wave of Artist Ambassadors who will be giving their time and influence free of charge to support The Association For Electronic Music and its campaigns.
We are honoured to be working with:
Anja Schneider, Armin van Buuren, Black Coffee, B.Traits, Carl Craig, Jean-Michel Jarre, Little Louie Vega, Nicole Moudaber, Nile Rodgers, Paul Van Dyk, Pete Tong and Seth Troxler
“The challenges we face and opportunities we must take do not only impact on electronic music businesses, they impact on DJs, musicians, songwriters and fans,” said Mark Lawrence, CEO of AFEM, in a statement. “With the announcement of our Artist Ambassadors, AFEM becomes the global voice of the electronic music genre, for those who create our music right through to those who passionately enjoy and embrace it.”
The second phase of AFEM artist ambassadors will be revealed at Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) this October.
May 2017 – ‘AFEM Approved’ Anti-Piracy Seal Goes Live
In an attempt to disrupt pirate sites and highlight legitimate electronic music download stores to consumers, we have developed an ‘AFEM Approved’ seal (image below) which is now live on Traxsource and Beatport and will subsequently be rolled out to the other key DJ-focused download stores.
April 2017 – AFEM Working Groups Programme Roll-out
In 2016 we completed work on a long term strategy to drive forward global electronic music commerce, culture and membership, a key part of which was to establish working groups involving a wide range of members, playing to their strengths and passion to deliver agreed goals.
These groups will be activated gradually throughout 2017 with Chairs appointed, members invited and high level objectives agreed as follows: Link to Work Groups Overview
March 2017 – Safe In Sound – Harm Reduction Campaign Underway
Our global Harm Reduction campaign reached its funding target for phase one and is now underway. A range of North American stakeholders have been interviewed by APCO (our campaign partner) to scope the work and agree key milestones for the lobbying campaign in North America. A steering group will be established to monitor and guide the project.
Working with APCO and Drugs Policy Alliance, the initial focus of the campaign will be to lobby for legislative and policy change in North America to enable promoters to more confidently extend the level of Harm Reduction and prevention activities they deliver before and during events.
February 2017 – Using Slack for Membership Communications
As our membership is global and physical attendance at AFEM events and meetings is not always possible, we need a communication tool to enable easy connections between members. Following trials with a small group of members, we now plan to rollout a Slack channel to all members and working groups.
February 2017 – Exclusive New Hotel Storm Discount Deal For AFEM Members
AFEM members can now access an exclusive Hotel Storm booking portal with discounts on thousands of hotels worldwide.
January 2017 – Get Played Get Paid – PRS for Music / Soundcloud
AFEM engaged in extensive dialogue with UK performing right organisation PRS for Music to highlight the need for a fair and accurate first Soundcloud distribution for the Electronic Music community. We successfully lobbied the PRO to utilise Music Recognition Technology to identify the tracks and rightsholders within a large subset of unidentified Soundcloud content, with a particular focus on DJ mixes. We are happy to say that two separate AFEM member Music Recognition Technology companies each contributed to the efforts and identified many thousands of electronic music tracks within DJ mixes on Soundcloud. This enabled PRS to accurately pay royalties for several billion related streams to right people.
January 2017 – Diversity & Inclusion – UK Music Industry Diversity Survey Results
In 2016 AFEM supported and encouraged our members to participate in a Music Industry Diversity Survey run by UK Music which sought to establish diversity figures, with an emphasis on the business side. The balance of gender and ethnicity in record labels and publishing companies were examined, finding that, despite progress in female, black, Asian, and minority ethnic representation at entry level, the majority of the top positions are still held by men.
According to the survey, women make up 60% of intern positions and 59% of entry-level business roles in the industry, but they only account for 30% of senior executive positions.
The study also found that women made up more than half of the workforce aged 25-34 in the industry, but only 33% between the ages of 45 and 64.
The survey’s findings on ethnic diversity found that at intern and entry levels the proportion of workers from BAME backgrounds was high, coming in at 24% and 20% respectively. However, only 11% of senior roles in the industry were found to be filled by a person from a minority background.
Full report details can be found here
AFEM will continue to raise awareness on this theme via articles, panels & social media.
December 2016 – Connecting Distributors with Music Recognition Tech members
AFEM has been working behind the scenes to encourage our AFEM member distributors to deliver recordings and metadata to AFEM Music Recognition Technology companies so they can effectively identify more electronic music when it is played, and subsequently enable the Collective Rights Management Organisations who use these services to make more accurate royalty payments to rightsholders.
October 2016 – Green Initiative – AFEM Offset Calculator Goes Live
As part our wider community work AFEM has established a partnership with industry leading CO2 offset climate protection specialists myclimate. This partnership offers the electronic music community the facility to calculate and offset the greenhouse gases (calculated in tonnes CO2) produced from flights to electronic music events worldwide. By offsetting this CO2 we can all help mitigate man-made climate change and safeguard our planet for future generations of electronic music fans to enjoy. Use our CO2 calculator to offset your CO2 here: AFEM Offset Calculator