Recording Industry Professional Organizations
AMERICAN FEDERATION OF MUSICIANS (AFM)
Suite 600, Paramount Building
1501 Broadway, New York, NY 10036
(212) 869-1330; toll free (800) 762-3444
The AFM is a trade union that represents professional U.S. and Canadian musicians in collective bargaining and contract negotiations in all aspects of the entertainment industry. It also publishes The International Musician.
American Music Conference (AMC)
5760 Armada Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92008-4391
Tel: (760) 431-9124
This service organization distributes music industry information to amateur musicians and encourages their participation in various musical activities. Its supporters include record companies, ASCAP, and radio and television networks.
ASSOCIATION FOR INDEPENDENT
P.O. Box 988
Whitesburg, KY 41858
Tel: (606) 633-0946/Fax (606) 633-1160
A membership organization of independent record companies and wholesalers which provides resources, meetings, information, legal assistance, and acts as a go-between with major retail record chains and the music unions. AFIM also sponsors the Indie Awards.
AUDIO ENGINEERING SOCIETY (AES)
60 East 42 Street, Rm. 2520
New York, NY 10165
Tel: (212) 661-8528/Fax: (212) 682-0477
Promotes research and commercial interests of designers, manufacturers, buyers, and users of professional and semiprofessional audio equipment. Its two annual trade shows (held in the US and Europe) display most current makes and models of audio equipment.
COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION (CMA)
1 Music Circle South, Nashville, TN 37203
Tel: (615) 244-2840 / Fax: (615) 726-0314
An international organization dedicated to the preservation, development, and promotion of country music. It sponsors educational activities, and presents awards in 20 categories in a televised ceremony.
GOSPEL MUSIC ASSOCIATION (GMA)
1205 Division Street
Nashville, TN 37203
An international service organization whose purpose is to preserve and promote gospel music. Members vote annually to present the Dove Awards in20 categories.
NATIONAL ACADEMY OF RECORDING ARTS & SCIENCES (NARAS)
3402 Pico Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Tel: (310) 392-3777/Fax: (310) 392-2778
156 W. 56th Street
NY, NY 10019
Tel: (212) 245-5440
NARAS, also known as The Recording Academy, is dedicated to improving the quality of life and cultural condition for music and its makers. The Recording Academy is internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards and is responsible for scholarships, research grants, workshops, publications and a career handbook.
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF RECORDING MERCHANDISERS (NARM)
11 Eves Drive, # 140
Marlton, NJ 08053
Tel: (609) 596-2221/Fax: (609) 596-3268
NARM includes retailers, distributors, rack jobbers, major, major/minor and independent labels, and cassette duplication companies whose primary income is from sales. It also sponsors promotional campaigns, lobbying, and the annual Gift of Music Awards.
RECORDING INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA (RIAA)
1330 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 300
Washington, DC 20036
Tel: (202) 775-0101/Fax: (202) 775-7253
The RIAA is a trade group whose member companies create, manufacture and/or distribute more than 90 percent of all legitimate sound recordings sold and produced in the United States. The mission of the RIAA is to protect and defend artistic freedom; promote strong intellectual property protection; combat record piracy; expand market access opportunities worldwide; meet the challenges of technology; facilitate the development of voluntary industry standards; and foster awareness of industry issues and products. The RIAA also administers the Gold, Platinum, and Multi-Platinum Awards Program.
THE RECORDING MUSICIAN'S ASSOCIATION (RMA)
817 Vine Street, Suite 209
Hollywood, CA 90038-3715
Telephone: (213) 462-4RMA Fax: (213)462-4762
A member association dedicated to guaranteeing effective representation in AFM contract negotiations and other affairs affecting the livelihoods of professionally recording musicians. Publishes the Recording Musicians Association Directory.