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ASK THE MUSIC MANAGERS FORUM(NZ) What is the Music Managers Forum? MMF NZ is dedicated to growing and supporting artist managers and self managed artists. We do this by mentoring, networking, education and advocacy. How do I become a member of the MMF? Its an easy process – just go to the website and click on ‘join MMF’ and follow the instructions. Who do I contact to find out more? Lorraine Owen runs the day to day operations of MMF and you can contact her on Can a self managed artist become a member? Yes, we have a large number of self managed artists who are solo artists or members of the band. Once I am a member what sort of benefits would I receive? Benefits for an MMF member include online resources and downloadable contract templates, free entry into most MMF events and training seminars, the one on one mentoring programme,entry fee discounts for selected music conferences, invitations to industry networking and music events and weekly newsletter with music industry and members news. Are Mentors available to members? One of our most popular benefits is the valuable one-on-one Mentoring Programme, where you can book in a series of one hour confidential sessions with any of our mentors. The mentors come from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences. We have experienced music managers, touring experts, producers, publicists and social media experts, who all offer their time and expertise to MMF members. The advice these mentors offer in the early stages of a project can be invaluable. Do you have regular seminars? Throughout the year we hold a range of seminars including Back to Basics for our new members, Speed Networking Sessions (past sessions include Radio Programmers, Festival Bookers and Orientation Bookers), the annual Music Month Summit, and we also regularly travel a range of seminars into regional New Zealand. Do I get to talk to other successful Music Managers? Yes, there are various opportunities to network with other managers at many industry events throughout the year. As a New Zealand member are you able to link in with other Music Manager Forum groups internationally? The NZ MMF is part of the IMMF which has over 61 MMFs around the world. There are several IMMF meetings held throughout the year at various music trade fairs that any MMF member is welcome to attend. The NZ MMF is also part of the European Music Managers Alliance (EMMA). Do you have awards for the best Music Managers in New Zealand? The NZ Music Manager of the Year Award is presented as part of the Artisan Awards held by Recorded Music NZ in November. 30 • NZ MUSIC COMMISSION MAY BOOK 2020 For further information go to