According to recent press accounts, certain record companies are starting to insist on ownership and control of artists' Web sites and to demand a significant percentage of merchandising income generated from those sites. This has already occurred in a few contract negotiations and will most certainly arise in future negotiations.
The Board of Directors of the MMF-US took a long hard look at what was imbalanced about the manager/artist side of the music industry. We scrutinized what we have been able to do the last few years, what the MMF as an association should aim to do in the future, and even what any individual manager could hope to do to make a 'more level playing field.' Everything pointed towards a need for one fundamental factor to change before most other efforts are going to have any enduring effect. We need to be more unified. Whether within one state in the U.S., one region of North America or in the entire world, there are career development conditions that affect every manager and artist — and these conditions deserve to be better than they are.
Parallels & Lessons from the Microsoft Antitrust Case
Cannes, France - The first IMMF Executive Council meeting was held January 24th, during MIDEM 2000. Members attended from the US, UK, Australia, Canada, France, Norway and Finland. The meeting was co-chaired by John Glover (UK) and Michael McMartin (Australia).
Testimony of Barry Bergman