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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Congratulations to all AFM musicians whose AFM signatory recordings were nominated for Grammys! The benefits of protecting your recording under AFM agreements are compelling. For more information please contact AFM Electronic Media Services Division.
For US projects contact EMSD Director Pat Varriale: (212)869-1330 (X234 or X233)/firstname.lastname@example.org
For Canadian projects contact Electronic Media Supervisor Daniel Calabrese: 1(800)463-6333 X224 or email@example.com.
For projects involving symphony, opera, ballet, or chamber orchestras with collective bargaining agreements, please contact AFM Director of Symphonic Electronic Media Debbie Newmark: (917)229-0225 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
My Way—Willie Nelson, member of Local 433 (Austin, TX)
Best Country Duo/Group Performance
“Tequila,” from the album Dan + Shay—Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney,
both members of Local 257 (Nashville, TN)
Best Bluegrass Album
The Travelin’ McCourys, The Travelin’ McCourys—Ronnie McCoury, Rob McCoury, Jason Carter, Alan Bartram, Cody Kilby, all members of Local 257
Best Traditional Blues Album
The Blues Is Alive and Well—Buddy Guy, member of Local 10-208 (Chicago, IL)
Best Musical Theatre Album
The Band’s Visit—Andrea Grody, Jeff Theiss, George Abud, Alexandra Farouk, Philip Mayer, Sam Sadigursky, Harvey Valdes, and Garo Yellin, members of Local 802 (New York City)
Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media
Black Panther—Ludwig Göransson, member of Local 47
Best Music Film
Quincy: A Life Beyond Measure starring Quincy Jones of Local 47
Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package
Squeeze Box: The Complete Works of “Weird Al” Yankovic—Weird Al Yankovic of Local 47
Best Engineered Album, Classical
Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 11—Andris Nelsons and Boston Symphony Orchestra, members of Local 9-535 (Boston, MA)
Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 11—Andris Nelsons and Boston Symphony Orchestra
Best Opera Recording
Bates: The (R)Evolution of Steve Jobs, The Santa Fe Opera Orchestra,
members of Local 618 (Albuquerque, NM)
Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance
Laurie Anderson: Landfall—Laurie Anderson, a member of Local 802 and the Kronos Quartet—David Harrington of Local 76-493 (Seattle, WA), John Sherba of Local 10-208 (Chicago, IL), Frank Dutt of Local 3 (Indianapolis, IN), and Sunny Yang of Local 6 (San Francisco, CA).