Category Archives: MFM Podcast

LaRonda Davis

“MFM Speaks Out” Podcast EP 15: LaRonda Davis on the History and Mission of the Black Rock Coalition

LaRonda DavisIn this episode of the MFM Speaks Out, Dawoud Kringle interviews LaRonda Davis, National President of the Black Rock Coalition (BRC), co-founder and CCO of Flaming Yoni Productions, and Group Creative Director of Publicis.

The topics discussed include the history of the BRC, it’s mission and accomplishments, their unique approach to music activism and their relationship with organizations such as MFM, AFM, Local 802, combating racism in the music industry, surviving the COVID-19 pandemic, and looking toward the future.

Visit LaRonda Davis and the BRC at http://blackrockcoalition.org/

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Ed Hartman

“MFM Speaks Out” Podcast EP 14: Ed Hartman On Generating an Income from Music Sync Licensing

Ed HartmanIn this episode of MFM Speaks Out, Adam Reifsteck interviews percussionist and composer Ed Hartman. The topics discussed include the evolution of Hartman’s music career, the challenges musicians continue to face during the Coronavirus pandemic, and how to get started in the world of sync licensing as a lucrative income stream.

Ed’s music has been heard on television (HBO, NBC, ABC, CBS, MTV, Discovery, Green, TLC, WE, Travel, Women, Animal Planet, MSNBC) and in feature films, shorts commercials, documentaries, and even a planetarium. Ed’s score for As the Earth Turns (also co-producer), has helped the film get into over 100 festivals, over 100 awards and nominations, including 29 for best score.

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Arturo O'Farrill

“MFM Speaks Out” Podcast EP 13: Arturo O’Farrill on the Evolution of Latin Jazz

Arturo O'Farrill In this episode of MFM Speaks Out, Dawoud Kringle interviews master pianist, composer, producer, music educator, music activist, and MFM Advisory Committee Member Arturo O’Farrill. The topics discussed include the evolution of Latin Jazz, O’Farrill’s work as a composer, his recent CD release and collaboration with Dr. Cornel West “Four Questions,” his involvement with Musicians For Musicians, music activism, and his spiritual philosophies on music.

MFM “Speaks Out” Podcast EP 12: Keith Levenson on Musicians Navigating Pandemic Unemployment Assistance

“85% of People Are More Scared of Financial Ruin than Dying of Corona?!” – Keith Levenson

In this episode of “MFM Speaks Out,” Adam Reifsteck interviews Broadway music director Keith Levenson, who’s a member of MFM, about the evolution of his music career over the years, how the pandemic has affected the livelihood of professional musicians, and the importance of coming together as a community to be advocates for change.

MFM “SPEAKS OUT” Podcast EP 10: Peter Wetzler…

…On Why You Deserve To Be Paid for Your Music.

In this episode Adam Reifsteck interviews Kingston (NY) composer and pianist Peter Wetzler  about the evolution of his music career over the years, how current events are affecting the livelihood of professional musicians, and the importance of coming together as a community to become advocates for change.

The following music featured in this episode is provided courtesy of Peter Wetzler.

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