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 23, 2022IM -
In early December, the American Music Fairness Act (AMFA), which would require AM/FM stations to pay performance royalties to featured artists, musicians, and vocalists for radio airplay, moved a step closer to passage as the House Judiciary Committee voted favorably to advance the bill. While the AMFA, ultimately, was not included in the final language of the 2023 Omnibus Appropriations bill, there was significant progress in the fight for musicians and artists during 2022.
Comments made at the Judiciary Committee markup strongly illustrate this progress by demonstrating bipartisan support from members on the relevant committees. Fierce lobbying and musician advocacy for AMFA has had an incredible impact on support for this issue. An overwhelming majority of Americans now stand with artists—61% of American voters believe it’s unfair that musicians don’t get paid when their songs are played on the radio, and 70% support Congress taking action to address this injustice by passing legislation such as the American Music Fairness Act.
Judiciary Chair Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) swiftly and efficiently facilitated passing AMFA out of the last Judiciary Committee Markup of the 117th Congress, without extemporaneous amendments, and in a record 15-minute session.
In 2023, the AFM and musicFIRST Coalition will continue the fight to ensure that hardworking artists in the United States finally receive compensation when their copyrighted intellectual property is played on the radio.