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.
April 5, 2017Alfonso Pollard -
Many thanks to all who have so far taken part in the AFM’s Save the NEA campaign and emailed their Congressional representatives. During Arts Advocacy Day 2017, in Washington, DC, more than 600 delegates from across the US converged on Capitol Hill to lobby on behalf of the NEA, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and a host of other federal agencies that serve as the foundation of America’s cultural heritage. On the heels of Arts Advocacy Day, many musicians and organizations sent letters to Capitol Hill in support of the NEA.
The White House “Skinny” federal budget proposal announced March 16, would cut 19 federal agencies, among them the National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, and Corporation for Public Broadcasting. National Endowment for the Arts grants support music programs around the country, from full orchestra concerts to educational events. (See AFM Symphonic Services Director Rochelle Skolnick’s article on page 11 for examples of some specific programs that were supported in 2016 and 2017.)
Over its 50-year existence, a significant number of NEA grants have gone to people with fewer opportunities in the arts. For example, 40% of NEA-supported activities take place in high poverty neighborhoods, 36% of grants go to organizations that reach underserved populations (people with disabilities, people in institutions, and veterans), and 33% serve low-income audiences.
Please continue to show your support for the NEA by writing to your members of Congress. Also, post to social media with #SupporttheNEA and raise awareness among your friends and colleagues. Tell everyone why the NEA matters to you.