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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The ROPA 2019 Annual Conference will be held in Boston, Massachusetts, Sunday, July 28 – Tuesday, July 30, with Negotiating Orchestras Workshop on Saturday, July 27, starting in the morning. This year’s ROPA officer elections will be for vice president, secretary, and four members-at-large. All ROPA delegates are expected to file a report on his or her orchestra’s situation or activities over the past year. All ROPA delegates are expected to attend the ROPA Conference. For more information, visit the ROPA website (ropaweb.org).
The Theatre Musicians Association will hold its 24th annual conference July 29 and 30 at the Hilton Boston Logan Airport Hotel, Boston, Massachusetts. The annual conference will again focus on discussions and presentations that are of interest to the theatre musician. It is an excellent opportunity for pit musicians from all over the country to meet face-to-face, share ideas, and discuss issues that affect TMA membership. Please go to afm-tma.org for more information.
The 44th Annual Conference of the Organization of Canadian Symphony Musicians (OCSM) will be held from August 12-16, at the Sheraton Hamilton Hotel. The first day will be for OCSM delegates, officers, and designated A/CFM personnel only; the full open sessions will begin at 9 a.m., August 13. For more information, visit the OCSM website (ocsm-omosc.org).
Musicians of the Utah Symphony and Local 104, will host the 2019 ICSOM Conference at the Park City Marriott in Park City, Utah. During the four days of the conference—August 21-24—delegates will hear about and discuss success stories within member orchestras, revisit some major negotiations of the past season, be updated about the new Integrated Media Agreement and AFM-EPF, receive financial literacy and internal organizing pointers, and further explore diversity in member orchestra institutions. Delegates should attend all four days to assure their participation in all aspects of the conference, including general business, reports, and resolutions that are dealt with at every conference. All ICSOM members are invited to attend and must register for the conference on the ICSOM website (www.icsom.org).