OPM and the Empowerment of Today’s Artists and Musicians

ABOUT OPM

The Organisasyon ng Pilipinong Mang-aawit (OPM) is the leading and most respected organization of Filipino professional singers in the country, established in 1986. Governed by the Board of Directors with 7 duly constituted members through an election. Its main objective is to issue policies under a framework that nourish the growth of the music industry as a whole, support the members to improve their craft, defend their rights and promote patronage of local singers and compositions as they continue to recognize Filipino talent locally and internationally.

Palakasin Ang OPM: The OPM General AssemblyPalakasin-Ang-OPM-collage-1000

The OPM General Assembly organized by the Organisasyon ng Pilipinong Mang-aawit (OPM) was held February 4, 2015, at Teatrino, Greenhills Promenade. This is a consolidation effort of the organization for its members to discuss different important matters like:

  • OPM Development Act or House Bill 4218
  • 2014 OPM Financial Report
  • Upcoming 2015 OPM Campaigns & Programs
  • Proclamation No. 933 i.e. Linggo ng Musikang Pilipino Celebration (OPM Week)
  • New Membership Benefits
  • Release of New OPM Membership IDs

It was attended by officers and members including OPM President Ogie Alcasid, OPM Corporate Secretary Dingdong Avanzado, VP for External Affairs Noel Cabangon, VP for Special Projects Christian Bautista and more OPM artists like Lara Maigue, Toto Sorioso, Mark Bautista, Abra, Isabel de Leon, Vina Morales, Jim Paredes, Jeff James, Q-York, Tres Marias (Bayang Barrios, Cooky Chua and Lolita Carbon) and a lot more.

Palakasin Ang OPM: Collab Sessions

Be it within the country and around the world, we’d sure to find a Filipino with a microphone in hand, belting out tunes and wowing everyone with his or her amazing vocals. We are the home of the most powerful voices covering a wide range of musical genres. Wondering what would happen if these voices joined forces?

OPM-Live-Sessions

A balladeer and a rock icon sang a duet or an opera singer with a folk singer, what would their combined styles sound like? And the idea of collab sessions transpired where one strong voice combines with another equally strong voice resulting in one powerful performance. Video invitation below by BActidol PH.

Palakasin ang OPM: Collab Sessions is the first 12-hour OPM festival happening on 14 Mar 2014 at Bonifacio High Street Amphitheatre from 12nn to 12mn. Taking center stage are Lolita Carbon & Davey Langit; Lara Maigue & Noel Cabangon; Ogie Alcasid & Sandwich, Christian Bautista & Basti Artadi; and Gary V & Quest coming together to offer you one unforgettable show.

Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime free musical event; first 200 attendees will have an opportunity to be seated at the VIP Section. Collab sessions preview below, video by Bactidol Ph.

  • Lara Maigue & Noel Cabangon

  • Gary Valenciano & Quest

  • Davey Langit & Lolita Carbon

  • Ogie Alcasid & Sandwich

The OPM Development Act of 2014 / House Bill 4218

The OPM Development Act of 2014 or House Bill 4218 is a new bill seeking to promote local music filed by Ifugao Representative Teddy Baguilat Jr., and provides for the granting of tax credits to all broadcast organizations that air a minimum of four (4) OPM songs for every clock hour of a program. It also requires foreign acts to pay a so-called Reciprocal Equity Fee which will be collected prior to their performance in the country and will be used for the identification, selection, training and support of musically-gifted Filipino children. More details HERE.

It has been the subject of a lot of discussion on social media with regards to the main issues. It’s not meant to discourage foreign acts from performing in the country, instead the bill only seeks to raise funds. However, disagreements have arise after an issue that there has been no comprehensive consultation with musicians and artists on the bill. Everyone wants clarification regarding its implementing rules and regulations such as accreditation, distribution, collection, etc. The main goal must be in line with the betterment of Filipino musicians, and strengthening artist’s rights and crafts.

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