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As an AFM member, you are part of a membership of more than 80,000 musicians. Experience has proven that collective activity on behalf of individuals with similar interests is the most effective way to achieve a goal. The AFM can negotiate agreements and administer contracts, procure valuable benefits and achieve legislative goals. A single musician has no such power.

The AFM has a proud history of managing change rather than being victimized by it. We find strength in adversity, and when the going gets tough, we get creative - all on your behalf.

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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Orchestra News

Local 293 Signs CBA with Burlington New Millennium Orchestra

Local 293 (Hamilton, ON) signed a new collective bargaining agreement with the Burlington New Millennium Orchestra (BNMO), a 30-piece contemporary chamber orchestra.


While Talks with WCMA Hit a Wall, New CBC Agreement Comes to Fruition

After several unsuccessful attempts to negotiate a more than reasonable agreement, the WCMA has refused to come back to the table.


Safe Sound in an Age of Living Loud: Correct and Safe Use of In-Ear Monitors

IEMs are in demand because they isolate the ear from ambient noise and artists can hear the intended signal clearly, at a much lower volum


AFM Locals Participate in May Day Rallies Across the US

AFM Locals Participate in May Day Rallies Across the US


Traveling Engagements—Who Plays and Who Gets Paid?

However, there seems to be an issue as to which musicians are to be employed for this work and what is the correct scale for these traveling engagements


Return to the ECMAs in Full Force

The CFM and the Fund hosted a joint information panel targeted at emerging artists, most of whom were registered in the ECMA Mentorship Program, offering a series of practical business seminars to those artists.


Union Contract Bolsters Début Album for Pianist Paul Henning

For his first CD, Breaking Through, Paul Henning of Local 47 (Los Angeles, CA) made sure it was done on a Limited Pressing Agreement with a live 48-piece


Flipper Flanagan’s Flat Footed Four Celebrates 50 Years

Flipper Flanagan’s Flat Footed Four, members of Local 591 (Thunder Bay, ON), will celebrate their 50th anniversary with concerts and events across the region beginning June 15 at the Magnus Theatre in Thunder Bay, Ontario. According to band member and guitarist Jamie Gerow, the concerts are retrospective of all the songs their audience has enjoyed over the years.


Conference Gathers Eastern Locals for Informative Exchanges

A historic meeting of Federation and local officers and delegates took place at the Valley Forge Casino Resort in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, Saturday, April 22, when the Eastern Conference of Locals, comprised of locals from New England, New Jersey, New York, and the former Penn-Del-Mar-DC Conference, was called to order by Eastern Conference President Candace Lammers of Local 400 (Hartford-New Haven, CT).


William Bell: Longtime Soul Man Creates New Legacy For Young Musicians


William Bell began singing in church, but by age 16 he’d moved on to singing “secular” music and won a Mid-South Talent contest and a trip to Chicago to perform with the Red Saunders Band. Upon return to Memphis, he spent the next five years working with and learning from the Phineas Newborn Orchestra.










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