Confused about FFM?

Just a quick message to clear up any confusion.

FFM Records are the independent record label that is part of Freedom for Musicians. The decision to change the website name from to was made due to constant hacking in an attempt to stop us providing free services to our members. We are also not shy about challenging and tackling political and social injustice which can attract attention from those who prefer we didn’t.

If you have a story you would like to share with the music world, send it to us and we will publish it for you here at FFM. Just post a comment below or email direct and we will get in touch.

A rock & roll odyssey in the sands of the Sahara…

Libya, 2011. Amidst the bloody revolution to overthrow the tyrant Moammar Gaddafi, a defiant music scene explodes from the dust of war. After 42 years of silence, Benghazi suddenly resounds with a melodic fury, with hip-hop, heavy metal, rock, blues, and even country music echoing around the city. Suddenly, the once-silent streets of the crumbling city reverberate with the hopes and aspirations of a long-neglected youth, and a counter-culture is born.

Stronger than Bullets introduces the musicians who rise, and follows them as t

Stronger Than Bullets Trailer from Matthew Millan on Vimeo.

Alive Inside: How music can awaken our souls

ALIVE INSIDE is a joyous cinematic exploration of music’s capacity to reawaken our souls and uncover the deepest parts of our humanity. Filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett chronicles the astonishing experiences of individuals around the country who have been revitalized through the simple experience of listening to music. His camera reveals the uniquely human connection we find in music and how its healing power can triumph where prescription medication falls short.

This stirring documentary follows numerous visionaries in healthcare including social worker Dan Cohen, founder of the nonprofit organization Music & Memory, as he fights against a broken healthcare system to demonstrate music’s ability to combat memory loss and restore a deep sense of self to those suffering from it. Rossato-Bennett visits family members who have witnessed the miraculous effects of personalized music on their loved ones, and offers illuminating interviews with experts including renowned neurologist and best-selling author Oliver Sacks (Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain), healthcare visionaries Dr. Bill Thomas, Dr. Al Powers, Naomi Fiel, and musician Bobby McFerrin (“Don’t Worry, Be Happy”).

An uplifting cinematic exploration of music and the mind, ALIVE INSIDE’s inspirational and emotional story left audiences humming, clapping and cheering at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Audience Award.

Ramsgate Seaside Shuffle Announces July 2017 Festival

A Weekend of South Coast Summertime Jazz!


Doolally Tap

Peter Leonard’s Red Hot & Blue

Covering all Jazz Gigs £60.00

BOOK BY POST: £60 per person, cheques payable to Ramsgate Seaside Shuffle, enclose SAE to:
John H Morgan, 20 St Clements Court, Canterbury Road, Herne Bay, Kent. CT6 5RT
ENQUIRES: John Morgan 01227 361238
Always quote: “Seaside Shuffle”
Visit: for regular updates

A Piano Competition with a Difference

Would you like to enter a piano composition competition via the internet without leaving home?
it’s very simple to participate, you only need to play your own piano composition (1 to 4 minutes) and send the audio file. You don’t need to send the score, just the audio file.
Inscription: 10 euros or equivalent in dollars. 3 money prizes, cd’s and certificate.
In this competition you choose the winner of the cash prizes through a voting system published on the web. The deadline to submit your composition is 20th May 2017. When you enter the voting rounds you only vote for the music you listen to without knowing the author’s name or pseudonym. It’s only known when the final results are given that their identity is revealed.
There is something new this year. After receiving some suggestions from last year’s participants, own works will not be included in groups each one use to vote and the first of the three cash prizes rises. You always will be very welcome. 
Enter here to read complete guidelines:
49 countries took part in past Fidelio piano competitions!
With best wishes
Antonio Ruiz Asumendi (Fidelio Manager)

The benefits of being part of an international musicians community: Freedom for Musicians

As a member of our international musicians community, these are the things you could have access to now:

  • Write an article or blog promoting your work or an area you are passionate about and be published on the website for the world to see. Include links, pics and vids. (Usually live within a working day)
  • Promote your band or self shamelessly to the world
  • Post your music video on ‘The Stage’
  • Sell your old guitar, nose flute or any music product in ‘Musician’s Market’
  • Promote your event, festival or concert
  • Advertise a music job
  • Advertise your online lessons
  • Release a digital single with FFM Records

Anything else you think we could offer?

Just email:

We are growing daily and our strength is in our unity. No member will ever be charged or asked for money for any of our services. Freedom for Musicians is by musicians, for musicians and free from exploitation.

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Music For All

Run by volunteers, Music for ALL has a primary focus of making more musicians by supporting musical education as well as helping individuals and community projects within the UK.

Music is seen as a fundamental part of society’s DNA and playing a musical instrument can provide a real sense of personal achievement. That’s why Music For All would like everyone to have the opportunity to be involved and share their creative side.

More than 22 million people in the UK are looking to kick-start or rekindle their musical journey and Music For All are there to help. This is why they have been chosen as Gear4music’s nominated charity.
To help with the increasing demands in music education, free musical taster lessons are offered to inspire the next generation of musicians in schools and local music services.

To help individuals, grants are offered to fulfill their musical dreams irrespective of age or personal circumstance. Community projects can also benefit from grants to give them a push in the right direction. Music For All recognise that music can also help instill a great sense of community spirit – and so helping to support sustainable music programmes is an important part of the equation.

Gear4music are proud to support Music For All’s quest to give everyone their musical opportunity.
If you would like to find out more about the great work undertaken by Music For All, check out their website below.

Ed Sheeran Signature ‘Divide ‘Guitar Available for Pre-Orders

In celebration of Ed Sheeran’s 3rd album release, Martin have unveiled the singer-songerwriter’s latest signature guitar, ‘Divide’ . Keeping in line with the rest of Ed’s mathematically themed albums, the latest signature sports the unique ‘Divide’ design upon its head stock and body.

Built in accordance with Ed’s favour of the comparatively slightly framed LX1E Little Martin, The ‘Divide’ Signature Edition similarly follows suit and comes fitted with a solid Sitka Spruce top and Mahogany back. Helping with the projection of mid and low register tones, this pairing of tone woods provides a balanced clarity that helps your guitar retain a deep, rich sustain allowing your chords to cut through the mix and whilst giving you a commanding presence.

A loyal imitation down to every last detail, the ‘Divide’ guitar also comes equipped with a custom interior label, Fishman Sonitone electronics and seperate gig bag. Ready to play right out the box, the guitar is a formidable workhorse that will serve the humble singer-songwriter day in day out, no matter the occasion.

In London: A five day course to inspire and refresh

In London: A five day course to inspire and refresh instrumental and vocal music teaching, learning and performing Monday 31st July – Friday 4th August, 2017

Lucinda Mackworth-Young

“A teacher and facilitator at heart, I help people help themselves, identify aims and issues, make connections, add depth, develop strengths and skills, and succeed.”

Venue: The Parliament Chamber of the Inner Temple, London EC4Y 7HL

Designed to revitalise and refresh, this five day course is now back in London, overlooking the beautiful Temple Gardens and River Thames, following ten years in Aberystwyth.

Filled with in-depth understanding, inspiring ideas and practical skills for music teaching learning and performing, it will include Practical Psychology for:

  •         Understanding why pupils do and don’t learn, how they learn and how to teach -demonstrating a multisensory approach.
  •         Performance anxiety, and how to prepare for technically secure and musically convincing performances which you, yourself, enjoy giving.
  •         Any professional problems, as requested, including those with pupils, colleagues, parents and schools.

There will also be step-by-step sessions on Playing by Ear and Improvising, and how to incorporate these skills into pupils’ lessons –including those geared towards the grade exams.

And there will be an (optional) afternoon of Dance for Musicians: farandole, minuet, landler, mazurka, polonaise, waltz, gallop.

Click here for the timetable and application form.

Monday 31st July begins at 11.30am and Friday 4th August finishes at 12.30pm allowing time for travel. Otherwise course days begin at 9.00am and finish at 6pm with a long lunch break, from 12.30 until 4.00pm, to allow time to relax in the beautiful Temple Gardens, have an individual consultation with Lucinda or visit the local London sights and attractions. These include The London Eye, Big Ben, The Houses of Parliament, Trafalgar Square, The Tate Modern and Saint Paul’s Cathedral.

big ben

The course coincides with the London Promenade Concert Season: The “Proms” are held annually at the Royal Albert Hall, an easy tube ride away from Temple to South Kensington. Alternatively, and closer, there will be concerts, theatre, film and other attractions at The Barbican and The SouthBank Centre.

albert hall

The cost of the course (excluding meals and accommodation) is £360 reduced to £320 if paid in full by Monday 1st May 2017.

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday can be attended at the daily rate of £85.

The course is non residential, but there are a variety of hotels locally in Blackfriars. Amongst the closest are: Premier Inn, Crowne Plaza, The Z City Hotel, Apex Temple Court Hotel.

Please click here for more about Lucinda’s background and approach to playing by ear, improvising and psychology.

Please click here to email any questions.

“Lucinda delivers deep understanding with a lightness of touch!” SC Singer and Teacher

“Wonderfully inspiring. So much food for thought – I loved your eating analogy!” SG Piano Teacher

“One of the best workshop leaders in the UK! Lucinda has a knack of tuning in and delivering exactly what everyone wants and needs. -I can’t think why I waited so long to come on this course!” JR Violinist and Teacher

Book now

In London A five day course 2017

Two musicians in Yemen’s Sanaa give a street performance to remember

We rarely see aspects of Yemen beyond the damage of Saudi-led coalition airstrikes and clashes with Houthi rebels. Of course Yemen, like any other nation, is a country with culture and history, and its people have lives beyond those dictated by conflict.

That’s what footage uploaded on YouTube earlier this week served to remind us of, as it features two talented street performers in Yemen’s capital, Sanaa. But as the video goes to show, culture can never thrive without politics.

The video was titled “A mighty performance by the military band of the Republican Guard,” as a joke; the video uploader said the lyrics poke fun at exiled President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi and called for former president Ali Abdullah Saleh to lead the “new” Yemen. The Republican Guard is an army led by Saleh’s son, Ahmed, who is known to be siding with the Houthis.

The uploader said the known Yemeni song’s changed lyrics also called Hadi a “Jew” and a “Saudi agent.”

Setting all political correctness aside, these talented musicians are still pretty entertaining. Here’s the performance:

By Hayat Norimine

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