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.
September 1, 2017IM -
by Maria Warner-Dowrich, Contractor Administrator, AFM Electronic Media Services Division
I am sure many of you are aware that, in June, the AFM and representatives of the commercial announcements industry’s Joint Policy Committee (JPC) agreed to extend the term of the international Commercial Announcements Agreement for a one-year period, subject to the AFM’s ratification procedure.
This extension follows the term of the June 5, 2014 through June 4, 2017 agreement, where the AFM negotiated significant wage, pension fund, and health and welfare increases, revamped provisions pertaining to commercial announcements made for the Internet and commercial announcements made for traditional uses that are “moved over” to the Internet, and agreed to terms for creating a provision for commercial announcements made for all media uses (television, radio, foreign use, nonbroadcast use, and Internet) for a one-year period.
Given the success of those negotiations, it was decided that there was no immediate need for “across the table” negotiations. However, the one-year extension, which became effective June 5 and will run through June 4, 2018, includes a 2% increase in base wages. Use and reuse payments will continue to be calculated at the same percentage as in the 2014-2017 agreement.
The agreement has been ratified by an overwhelming margin of all eligible musicians whose votes were returned and counted by secret ballot. The ratification process was administered by the American Arbitration Association and was observed by Administrative Assistant in the Electronic Media Services Division Cecelia Gray and me.
A copy of the new Commercial Announcements Agreement wage summary can be found on AFM.org. Click “Our Musicians,” then “Recording & Digital Media.” Scroll down to Recording and Digital Media Resources and you will see a list of agreements to choose from.
We have notified the “me too” signatories to the 2014-2017 agreement of the one-year extension and we are distributing letters of acceptance so they can memorialize the terms of the extension.
If you have any questions please contact me at the New York Office (phone: 917-229-0233 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org).