The object of the Union shall be, without discrimination, to unite all professional musicians for the purpose of elevating and bettering their economic status, social position and professional advancement. Further, it shall endeavor to promote, support, and develop audiences for the enjoyment and appreciation of performances by professional musicians.

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Sweeping new federal restrictions may have far reaching and negative implications for those who travel abroad with musical instruments containing African elephant ivory and other protected species. The restrictions prohibit the ‘import or export’ of African elephant ivory into or out of the United States.  

Any person traveling into or out of the United States with a musical instrument that contains ivory is subject to increased border scrutiny and enforcement.

The AFM is working with the federal government, members of Congress and other national partners to address this new threat to musicians’ ability to travel unimpeded.  

Here’s information about instrument passports. Bottom line: if you travel internationally with your instrument and/or bow that contains contraband materials like African Ivory, you may reach your destination and find that it’s been quietly confiscated.  You may also face fines.


Generally held quarterly on a Monday evening.  Food is provided.



Presented by Attorney Peter Vaughan Shaver / Sound Advice, LLC.

American Federation of Musicians, Local 99

325 NE 20th Avenue, Portland, OR 97232

Sunday, March 26, 2017 / 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Free for AFM members with ID / General Public: $10.00 at the door.


American Federation of Musicians, Vortex Magazine and Sound Advice, LLC present an educational lecture from Portland entertainment attorney, Peter Vaughan Shaver, on Music Licensing and Copyrights.

This informative presentation will be held at AFM 99, 325 NE 20th Avenue, Portland, Oregon, on Sunday, March 26, 2017 from 2:00 – 4:00 PM. The workshop is free for AFM members, and, general admission, $10.00 at the door.

This two-hour, interactive workshop will provide musicians with practical and important information on crucial legal topics related to music licensing, with a focus on sound recording and publishing copyrights and various contracts that involve them. Anyone involved with, or interested in, the music business should attend, including performers, bands, managers, filmmakers, songwriters, music publishers, producers, agents and label owners.

Copyright topics will include the most important concepts that every musician and songwriter should know: sound recording versus song compositions copyrights, registering your music with the Copyright Office and performing rights organizations (ASCAP, BMI, SESAC), and how to generally protect the rights to your creative work.

For more information on the program, contact Peter Vaughan Shaver at (503) 473-8252 (moc.asxdp@vp).


Peter Vaughan Shaver, Esq. – Professional Information

Peter Vaughan Shaver is a Portland-based arts & entertainment attorney. His primary areas of legal expertise include intellectual property and general business law with an emphasis on copyrights, trademarks, music and art law, non-profits, Internet law, licensing, and business entity formation.

Peter works with creative people and businesses of all kinds and is a regular lecturer at the Oregon College of Arts and Crafts, Portland State University, Marylhurst University, PCC-Sylvania, PCC-Cascade, The Art Institute of Portland, the Graphic Artists’ Guild, the Women’s Art Caucus, Clackamas Community College, The American Federation of Musicians Union and other educational and community groups.

Peter is the former President of the Eugene Lawyers for the Arts (ELA), and has been on the board of directors for the Portland-based, non-profit organizations, My Voice Music, Northwest Lawyers and Artists, The Creative Music Guild, PDX POP NOW!, the environmental arts group, Orlo, and the 100th Monkey Studio. Peter also served on the advisory board for MusicFestNW, PDX POP NOW! and other areas arts and music organizations.  Peter has written advice columns on the music business for the Music Liberation Project magazine (Portland, Oregon), Crave Magazine (Vancouver, WA) and has contributed to TapeOP Magazine.

Peter is a graduate of the University of Oregon – School of Law and the University of Michigan.

For more information, contact Peter Vaughan Shaver at (503) 473-8252 or MOC.ASXDP@VP.