WHAT IS MAMA ALL ABOUT?
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MAMA'S ON A MISSION
Montana Area Music Association (MAMA) connects and supports up-and-coming musicians through professional development and promotion, while strengthening and engaging the greater Montana music community.
We believe that a community thrives on equality, diversity, creativity & authenticity. Therefore, we believe everyone should be treated equally regardless of race, sex, gender identification, sexual orientation, national origin, native language, religion, age, disability, marital status, citizenship, genetic information, pregnancy, or any other characteristic protected by law. We hope our efforts help to contribute & recognize the outstanding musicians & collaborators that help build our beloved Montana music scene.
Montana Area Music Association recognizes the power of a sustainable, connected and supportive local music industry. We work to uplift and inspire by:
connect the music community to opportunity
advocating for musicians across the state of Montana
spotlighting musicians across MT
providing equal opportunity within the music scene
In doing this, we serve as a resource that empowers the music community and facilitates a healthy and creative music environment. With our $100/hour/artist ($1.67/minute minimum) we set the standard of what fair compensation means for the working members of the MT music scene.
From the beginning the Missoula Area Music Association has been a connected effort. On January 15th, 2019 two strangers of different musical backgrounds started the conversation at Wave & Circuit of what opportunity and fair wages could look like in Missoula, MT's music scene. After discussing the themes in the music community (loss of venue, lack of consistency in pay, lack of advocacy for the artist, and other topics regarding the music scene) Maria Zepeda & Anthony Brown decided to start holding meetings with working class members of the Missoula music scene to inspire a change in how musicians could work together for the bettterment of the community. On February 21st, 2019, MAMA held its first official meeting. This meeting of 13 people acted as a sounding board that created the base of what MAMA can become. MAMA's OG13 consists of the talented Cole Grant, Rebecca Kelley, Silas Smith, Kiavash Adibzadeh, Matt Olson, Callie Morris, Sarah Marker, Ra Bes (Wayne Steele), Joshua Chai, Jesse Williams, Naomi Siegel, aMaria Zepeda, and Anthony Brown.