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Like the industry, the AFM is also changing and evolving, and its policies and programs will move in new directions dictated by its members. As a member, you will determine these directions through your interest and involvement. Your membership card will be your key to participation in governing your union, keeping it responsive to your needs and enabling it to serve you better. To become a member now, visit www.afm.org/join.

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Punch Brothers
The Local 257 (Nashville, TN) quintet uses bluegrass instrumentation and blends genres to create a sound all its own. Punch Brothers (L to R) are: Gabe Witcher, Chris Eldridge, Chris Thile, Noam Pikelny, and Paul Kowert.


Hurricane Relief Extended to Hurricanes Florence and Michael

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The AFM International Executive Board (IEB) has extended hurricane relief assistance to both Hurricanes Florence and Michael.

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Mid-Term Elections Upend Executive and Legislative Branch Single Party Governance, Women Triumph!

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On November 6, the American electorate voted to overturn single party governance within Congress. By the end of the evening, Republicans maintained control of the US Senate, picking up seats, while the Democrats took full control of the US House of Representatives, secured by a 39-seat pick up.

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Streaming: The Economy of Listening

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Below are excerpts from a keynote speech given by SoundExchange President and CEO Mike Huppe at the AFM-FIM International Streaming Conference held in Burbank, California, October 2-3.

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Chicago Symphony Announces Strong Ticket Sales

At its annual meeting in October, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) announced an increase in ticket revenue for the 2017-2018 season. At $23.3 million, sales were $1.1 million higher than the previous season. CSO boasted an 86% subscription renewal rate for its main series—a high rate within the industry.

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Washington National Opera and Kennedy Center Musicians Sign New Contract

In late September, musicians of the Washington National Opera and Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestras ratified three-year agreements retroactive to September 1, 2018.

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Grown Up Music: Punch Brothers 12 Years Later

Today, each of the Local 257 (Nashville, TN) members remains steadfast in his dedication to Punch Brothers, which released its fifth studio album, All Ashore, in July. Their first self-produced album is a nine-movement suite of interconnected themes and stories.

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