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.
November 24, 2015IM -
The AFM announced that New Line Productions, Inc. (New Line Cinema) has signed onto the AFM’s Basic Theatrical Motion Picture Agreement. This agreement sets wages, working conditions, healthcare, and pension contributions for musicians working in film recording, sidelining, and music preparation. The agreement requires theatrical motion pictures produced by New Line Cinema in the US or Canada to be scored in the US or Canada—a positive step in the Federation’s campaign to prevent the offshoring of sound recording work in the film industry. The addition of New Line Cinema as a signatory to the AFM’s Film Agreement will result in additional session work, health, and pension benefits and residual payments for musicians employed in the scoring of motion picture soundtracks.