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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Each year, BBC Radio 4 releases a list of the most powerful women in the music industry. This “Women’s Hour Power List” features women that are performers, business owners, musicians, and executives and have a strong influence in the industry. This year, the list focuses on women who have helped to make the music industry more diverse, creative, and accepting.
Ranked second on the Women’s Hour Power List of 2018 is Taylor Swift, a member of Local 257 (Nashville, TN). Her musical career has undoubtedly had an impact on young female musicians and songwriters. Marin Alsop, Local 802 (New York City) member, was also in the top 10. The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra music director is recognized for being the leader of the OrchKids program, which provides educational music opportunities to some of Baltimore’s most deprived youth. She is also principal conductor and music director of the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra. Singer-songwriter and producer Linda Perry, a member of Local 6 (San Francisco, CA), was also recognized.