Archive for May, 2010

GoPro Tunes Now Collecting AFM Member Recordings

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

The AFM’s new online music store, GoPro Tunes (, is now collecting recordings — singles, EPs, or full albums — from AFM members. When we gather enough music to have a diverse catalog, we will announce GoPro Tunes to the public, selling digital audio files (e.g. MP3s), similar to Apple’s iTunes or Amazon MP3.

Sending music to GoPro Tunes is quick and easy. With a simple online interface, your members can upload their music, cover art, and a copy of their AFM recording agreement, usually with everything approved and ready-to-go within one business day. Best yet, Federation staff are available for assistance every step of the way.

AFM members set their own prices, pay no upfront fees and receive back all revenue from their music sales, minus credit card processing fees. This is a value that can’t be beat anywhere, including popular services such as CDBaby and Tunecore.

The success of this exciting initiative hinges on our collective ability to inform and motivate our members about GoPro Tunes. We need as many AFM members as possible to send us their music, and to assure their participation, we need your help!

How Local Officers Can Help

  • Send an email blast to your membership announcing GoPro Tunes and the call for recordings. You can find a sample email here.
  • Publish an article or ad in your next newsletter about GoPro Tunes. You can find a sample article and sample ad here.
  • Have a discussion about GoPro Tunes at your next membership meeting.
  • If you haven’t already done so, get acquainted with the new Joint Venture Report, which was created with self-producing AFM artists in mind. Read our “Introduction to the Joint Venture Report” here.
  • Consider making phone calls to the members you know have recordings — both to those already using AFM agreements and to those that might now be brought under an AFM agreement such as the Joint Venture Report.
  • Create a test account on GoPro Tunes yourself, so you’re aware of what’s involved in signing up to sell music.

An Introduction to the Joint Venture Report

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

The AFM Joint Venture Recording Report provides AFM members with a practical avenue to document self-produced recordings. Basically, the Joint Venture Report requires no upfront wages or benefits, but instead specifies what share of future revenues each band or ensemble member will receive. For instance, a string quartet might choose to divide album revenues equally, with each member getting 25%.

Members can use the Joint Venture Report when the following conditions are met:

  • There is no employer.
  • AFM members on the date are self-producing or collaborating in self-production, not providing a service-for-hire, and are in creative control over material and the recording process.
  • The purpose of the recording is to produce a demo to obtain work for live performing and/or the purpose of the recording is to produce a product for sale and the proceeds from sales exclusively benefit band members.

Approval of Joint Venture Reports

We expect that many of the recordings on the AFM’s new online music store, GoPro Tunes, will be covered under the Joint Venture Report. As a result, local officers may be receiving an influx of Joint Venture Reports as the store grows in popularity.

Local officers are responsible for the approval of Joint Venture Reports filed in their jurisdiction. When evaluating the validity of Joint Venture Reports, local officers should carefully consider the points in the Joint Venture Report Summary. You can find a PDF copy of the Joint Venture Report Summary here and the Report form here.

Applying the Joint Venture Report to Previously-made Recordings

The Joint Venture Report has unique potential to bring previously-made recordings “into the light”, under a legitimate AFM recording agreement. If music was previously recorded under the conditions listed above, members can apply to be protected by the Joint Venture Report now.

If you haven’t already done so, please take a moment to read through the Joint Venture Report Summary, as well as the actual Report form. If you have any questions, please contact us here.