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 1, 2013Sam Folio - former AFM International Secretary-Treasurer
Whether it is negotiating fair agreements, protecting ownership of recorded music or securing benefits such as healthcare and pension; AFM is always working hard for you and your families.
But did you know that Union Plus is also working hard for you and your family? Through our strategic partnership with the Union Plus programs, active and retired AFM members in the US are eligible for over 25 special benefits and programs that Union Plus offers, including: travel and entertainment discounts, AT&T wireless discounts, and the Union Plus Credit Card program.
The Union Plus Credit Card program features two new credit cards with improved hardship grants for eligible cardholders. Since 2009 these grants have provided more than $1.7 million to help union member cardholders facing financial hardships. After carrying this card for just three months, cardholders may be eligible for:
These grants are part of the assistance program from Union Plus that helps eligible union members facing hardships due to layoffs, hospital costs, disability, mortgage payment problems or high college costs. Through these new and expanded grants, Union Plus will help even more union families. And all grants approved for eligible cardholders are paid by check, and they never have to be paid back.
Please join me in becoming a Union Plus Credit Card carrier by learning more at AFMcard.com or by calling 1-800-522-4000.
* Credit approval required. Terms and conditions apply. Union Plus Credit Cards are issued by Capital One, N.A.
* Certain restrictions, limitations, and qualifications apply to these grants. Additional information and eligibility criteria can be obtained at UnionPlus.org/Assistance.
Available through the end of 2013, the AT&T Union Campaign Phone program is designed for any local union looking to purchase voice only devices to run phone banking or campaigns without having to invest in wired services. Instead you will receive wireless phones that allow you to be more mobile with the campaign and use them at any location.
If you are about to run a campaign or event and need to get some phones for this, please take a look at the details of the program:
For further information on this program, contact Angie Ison, AT&T/AFL-CIO Regional Account Manager, at 646-707-1586 or firstname.lastname@example.org.