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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AFM Fair Share for Musicians Road to Negotiations  

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Contract negotiations for AFM’s Basic Theatrical Motion Picture and Basic Television Motion Picture Agreements with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) will begin January 22 in Los Angeles, California. 

Planning for the upcoming negotiations began in 2021 with the steering committee and rank-and-file musicians collaborating with the AFM director of organizing to design a survey for the film and TV bargaining unit musicians. After months of outreach and preparation, the committee established a course of action and immediately began organizing meetings with musicians. 

Steering committee members offered informational presentations at AFM player conferences and at the 102nd AFM Convention in June 2023. AFM leadership and the bargaining unit steering committee conducted a listening tour to engage musicians and discuss potential proposals.  

On December 6, the AFM Fair Share for Musicians Road to Negotiations meeting was held at Local 47 (Los Angeles, CA). This meeting was a mix of in-person and Zoom attendees. Thousands of AFM members from across the US and Canada who have worked under the agreements or participated in previous campaigns were invited to attend.  

AFM International President Tino Gagliardi and other key members of the bargaining unit met with participants to discuss the campaign’s vision, strategies for the negotiations, the uniqueness of this moment in entertainment industry and labor history. They talked about what the AFM Fair Share for Musicians campaign has been doing to prepare and its priorities of improved industry wages, working conditions, and residuals for made-for-streaming content as well as AI protections. 

Participants were also informed about how they could become involved in the campaign, either as a member, an activist, or part of the bargaining unit.  

For updated information and to participate in the campaign, visit www.afmfairshareformusicians.org, Facebook @afmfairshareformusicians or Instagram @afmfairshareformusicians.  







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