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.
October 21, 2015IM -
Aurous App Sued by Major Labels — Just three days after launching, music app Aurous was sued by the three major labels—Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, and Warner Music Group—alleging “blatant” copyright infringement and seeking an immediate injunction on the app’s operations and damages of $150,000 per piece of copyrighted material. Aurous pulls music from places like YouTube, SoundCloud, as well as illegal overseas websites with vast collections of pirated music. Aurous’s defense that it does not host content of its own, has failed to work as a defense for similar startups.
“This service is a flagrant example of a business model powered by copyright theft on a massive scale,” said the RIAA in a statement. “Like Grokster, Limewire, or Grooveshark, it is neither licensed nor legal. We will not allow such a service to willfully trample the rights of music creators.”