Now is the right time to become an American Federation of Musicians member. From ragtime to rap, from the early phonograph to today's digital recordings, the AFM has been there for its members. And now there are more benefits available to AFM members than ever before, including a multi-million dollar pension fund, excellent contract protection, instrument and travelers insurance, work referral programs and access to licensed booking agents to keep you working.
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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ROPA Conference | July 26-28 | Madison, Wisconsin
The 2016 annual Regional Orchestra Players’ Association (ROPA) Conference will be held July 26-28. A negotiations seminar will take place July 25, starting in the morning. The ROPA Executive Board offers their sincere appreciation to Local 166 (Madison, WI), Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, and Madison Symphony for their gracious hospitality in hosting the conference. For more information visit the ROPA website (ropaweb.org)
OCSM Conference | August 8-12 | Calgary, Alberta
The 2016 Conference of the Organization of Canadian Symphony Musicians (OCSM) will be held August 8-12, Hotel Arts. All AFM members are welcome to attend open sessions, August 9-11. For more information, please visit the OCSM website (ocsm-omosc.org).
ICSOM Conference | August 24-27 | Washington, DC
The 2016 International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians (ICSOM) Conference will be held August 24-27 at the Loews Madison hotel, hosted by the National Symphony Orchestra, the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, Washington National Opera Orchestra, and Local 161-710 (Washington, DC). Follow the conference site links from the ICSOM website (icsom.org) for more information.