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.
December 1, 2015Sam Folio - former AFM International Secretary-Treasurer
The AFM International Executive Board (IEB) held its third quarter board meeting in November. As per the AFM Bylaws, the third quarter is the budget meeting, and according to the Bylaws the IEB is required to have a balanced budget. The IEB approved a balanced budget for 2016.
The Film Musicians Secondary Markets Fund (FMSMF) Annual Report, for the year ending March 31, is available for your viewing. FMSMF represents funds collected for musicians working on motion pictures. These funds are the aftermarket. This year revenue collection for musicians was reported to be $93,049,068.
You can visit the fund’s website (www.fmsmf.org) to view an online copy of the 2015 Annual Report, and a letter that accompanied the July 1 distribution packets to the participants.
Here are three reasons why you should consider using a Union Plus Credit Card this year.
Have you ever thought about what would happen if you were injured and could not work, or if the orchestra you work for was to go on strike? I’ve often written of the Union Plus Mortgage Assistance program that provides interest-free loans and grants to help make mortgage payments when you’re disabled, unemployed, locked out, or on strike. The program has provided more than $10.6 million in assistance to union members.
Recently I came across the story of Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Principle Oboist Yvonne Peterson, a member of Local 148-462 (Atlanta, GA). When the orchestra was locked out over a contract dispute, Peterson was thankful that she was eligible for Union Plus Mortgage Assistance. She received a grant of more than $7,000 that paid her mortgage for three months during the lockout.
I would like to wish all AFM members and officers a happy and safe holiday season, and prosperity in the new year