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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.
May 1, 2023IM -
by Jay Blumenthal, AFM International Secretary-Treasurer
Globalization has created the imperative for the AFM’s continued membership in the International Federation of Musicians or Fédération International des Musiciens (FIM). It has become increasingly important that the AFM has a seat at the table where conversations are taking place between musician unions around the world.
Conversations include musician rights, the fight for fair compensation, as well as the distribution of revenue to the musicians when their music is played on the radio in countries other than where it was created. Discussion topics cover protests when employers act unjustly or when music is pirated. FIM can be a powerful voice for the global musician community.
Founded in 1948, FIM is the international organization for musicians’ unions and equivalent representative organizations. It now counts about 70 members in 60 countries throughout the world. The FIM website (www.fim-musicians.org) explains that FIM’s main objective is to protect and further the economic, social, and artistic interests of musicians represented by its member unions.
FIM makes it possible for there to be a collaborative process that allows musicians around the world to speak with one voice. On Monday, March 27, 2023, the FIM Presidium, which includes the following seven officers, met as our guests at the AFM New York Office:
The morning after FIM’s meeting, the FIM Presidium met in a special meeting with the AFM International Executive Board (IEB). This was the first time such a meeting has taken place. A lively discussion on various topics ensued. Of particular interest were discussions about the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and continued work towards achieving the goal of “no collection without distribution” from those collectives around the world that do not forward to the AFM the portion of revenue they collect that rightfully belongs to US musicians, when their music is played around the world.
The joint morning meeting with FIM dovetailed nicely with the AFM IEB’s first quarterly meeting, scheduled to begin that afternoon.
The submission of our Labor-Management (LM-2) report to the Department of Labor was completed on time. The complexity of the report has grown over the years. This year it comprises 221 pages. To view the report, log into the AFM.org website with your AFM ID and password, click on the Document Library tab, and scroll down to the “Financial Documents and Annual Report” folder. Open the folder and scroll down to find “LM-2 Report (2022).”
The 2022 AFM Annual Report can be found in the same folder. The Annual Report includes our audited financials for 2022.