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.
October 20, 2022IM -
In the wake of the destruction caused by hurricanes Fiona and Ian, the AFM is offering assistance through its Emergency Relief Fund.
Members in good standing who reside in or were employed as musicians in areas designated by FEMA as Federal Disaster Areas for Individual Assistance are encouraged to apply to the AFM Hurricane Relief Fund. Download the AFM Hurricane Relief Fund application from the AFM website and follow the instructions.
Musicians affected by natural disasters and public health crises, such as COVID, can also apply for financial assistance from Entertainment Community Fund (formerly The Actors Fund). For information and other resources available, visit: https://entertainmentcommunity.org/am-i-eligible-help.
Union members who participate in Union Plus programs may be eligible for additional financial assistance through the Union Plus Disaster Relief program. To date, this fund has provided nearly $1 million in assistance to union members facing hardships. To learn more about the benefits and eligibility requirements, go to: www.unionplus.org/hardship-help/disaster-relief-grants.
Members can help support fellow musicians in need with a donation to the AFM Emergency Relief Fund. Checks can be sent to the AFM Emergency Relief Fund; American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada; 1501 Broadway, 9th Floor; New York, NY 10036, or via the PayPal link on the www.afm.org/emergency-assistance page. All Relief Fund donations go into a separate account for distribution to AFM members in need who are in good standing. Please note that contributions are not tax deductible.
To donate or to download a Relief Fund application, visit: https://members.afm.org/member/page/id/15693