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.
December 16, 2014IM -
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced the 2015 class of musicians who will be inducted next April. Green Day; Bill Withers; Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble; Lou Reed; Joan Jett and the Blackhearts; and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band make up the 2015 class of inductees.
The members of Green Day and Joan Jett are currently members of the AFM. Lou Reed was also a member of the union, but passed away in October of 2013.
Green Day is comprised of Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt, and Tré Cool are active members of Local 6. Joan Jett is an active member of Local 802. Lou Reed was also a member of Local 802 and had joined the AFM back in 1977.
“The only thing is that you can take that childhood dream with you. I never want to lose that. It’s that glimmer that’s always in our eyes. It’s why we love what we do,” Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong told Rolling Stone Magazine in a recent interview.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place on April 18, 2015.