About the MPTF

The Music Performance Trust Fund (MPTF) was created by a landmark collective bargaining agreement in 1948 between the American Federation of Musicians union and the major recording companies of the day. Today the MPTF is a 501(c)3 nonprofit public service organization that brings music to the public and supplements the income of musicians, all at no cost to those receiving this precious gift of music.

Our Mission

  • To provide admission-free, live, quality music, performed by professional musicians to the public of all backgrounds throughout the United States and Canada.

  • To enrich the lives of the general public, young and old, through music and to contribute to the public's knowledge and appreciation of music.

  • To make music and music education an exciting experience and to expand it to every child's life experience.

Funded via a royalty stream from the signatory record labels, led by the three major labels, Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group, and the Warner Music Group, the MPTF today presents thousands of live, admission-free musical programs annually in the United States and Canada. Music of all styles is brought to a total audience numbering in the millions and covering all age groups and segments of society. Music ranging from pop to classical, jazz to Broadway, is staged at venues including (but not limited to) parks, schools, concert halls, shopping malls, veterans' hospitals, nursing homes and more.

Under the terms of the agreement, the recording companies pay a royalty from the sale of sound recordings to the Fund. These funds are supplemented by co-sponsoring organizations and administered by a Trustee, who is independent of both the recording industry and the AFM.

The Fund sponsored or co-sponsored over 1,700 free live events in 2017. MPTF performances are never used to raise money, sell merchandise or promote political or religious events.​

Over 2,500 musicians have participated in MusicianFest events including recording artist Rosanne Cash, pictured with Dan Beck, MPTF Trustee.

For more information on the Music Performance Trust Fund, visit: www.musicpf.org

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