AFEM Initiatives and Working Groups

AFEM is dedicated to creating a thriving business and cultural environment for it’s members. Current initiatives include the following:

Get Played Get Paid

AFEM is working with global Performing and Neighbouring Rights Organisations to move approx $160M of royalty distributions resulting from consumption of electronic music at festivals and in clubs to ‘pay per play’ using Music Recognition Technology provided by AFEM members. Since the start of our campaign in 2014, the number of territories in which PROs/NROs utilise Music Recognition Technology services at DJ events to enable identification of the tracks played and more accurate royalty payments has grown from 3 to 14 globally.  AFEM continues its efforts in this area.

Safe In Sound

The AFEM Health Working Group focuses on raising awareness around mental health issues in electronic music and signposting to support available. The Electronic Music Guide to Mental Health has been developed in association with Music Managers Forum to meet the specific needs of our industry and is being launched at IMS in late May 2019

Diversity and Inclusion

In 2018, AFEM launched a sexual harassment helpline for the electronic music industry to provide a safe and supportive environment for anyone who has been affected and needs guidance and support.  AFEM champions equality and inclusion as vital foundations of the electronic music industry and unequivocally condemns sexual abuse and harassment of any kind. Through this helpline, AFEM seeks to support all who need help and guidance. Call 0800 030 5182, (Outside the UK: +44 800 030 5182) where trained experts will listen and support.

In 2019, our Diversity & Inclusion Working Group are developing plans with partners to create public-facing campaigns to influence Diversity & Inclusion across the industry.


In 2018 our Metadata Working Group created a Metadata Best Practice Guide which is ready for a public launch in early 2019 (link to the guide here) and are now developing a relationship with the DDEX consortium which will ensure that the electronic music community is represented as their data standards and format develop.

Green Initiatives

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 CO2 Calculator

Stealing Our Own Success

AFEM seeks to disrupt the active pirate sites.  Early estimates suggest that the illegal DJ download market is far greater than the combined turnover of legitimate sites, costing the electronic music genre multiple millions in revenue.

AFEM Working Groups 2019

AFEM connect those members who wish to engage in helping shape and drive our initiatives through a number of focused working groups.

Split into 2 broad categories: Commercial and Culture & Creativity there are currently 9 active working groups overall, chaired by our members and board and supported by AFEM operational staff.

Group interaction occurs via physical meetings at major conferences like IMS & ADE, quarterly video conference calls and email groups.

A summary overview of the current groups can be found here: Link to Work Groups Overview