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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Announcing the New Term of the Local Limited Pressing Agreement

Local officers have been notified of a pension contribution increase, as well as the effective dates of the current Limited Pressing Agreement (LPA). Its term—February 1, 2017 through January 31, 2020—runs concurrently with the Sound Recording Labor Agreement (SRLA).

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Verizon Employees Approve New Four-Year Deal

Approximately 34,000 Verizon employees in the northeast and mid-Atlantic region, represented by the Communications Workers of America, ratified a four-year extension of their labor contract well in advance of the current contract’s August 2019 expiration date.

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Some UPS Employees Do Not Support Tentative Contract

According to Stephen Piercey, communications director for Teamsters Local 89 in Louisville, their leadership and the leaders of several local unions are opposed to the proposed five-year UPS labor contract covering 260,000 UPS employees.

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Security Guards Sign First Contract

After more than five years of organizing and negotiating, security guards working for tech giants like Facebook and Google just ratified their first union contract.

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Philadelphia Orchestra Adds Works by Female Composers

In response to criticism for announcing a 2018-2019 season devoid of a single work by a female composer, The Philadelphia Orchestra announced a revised season schedule to include two works by female composers, plus a few additional female guest artists.

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Musicians Must Build Solidarity in a Future Full of Streaming

As all media becomes streaming media, we are faced with an existential threat. We must negotiate sustainable contracts for when musicians create music for streaming media.

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Live Performance Contracts: How They Relate to Electronic Media

When there is a live performance taking place it is extremely important for the musicians engaged to be protected with an AFM-approved live performance contract.

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John Prine, The Tree of Forgiveness

The Tree of Forgiveness is Local 257 (Nashville, TN) member John Prine’s first album of new music since his 2005 Grammy-winning album Fair and Square.

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Blind Orchestra Inspires World Audiences

The 44 members of the Egyptian Al Nour Wal Amal orchestra, translated “light and hope,” learned to play music while blind.

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Joni Mitchell Honored by The Music Center

In celebration of Local 47 (Los Angeles, CA) member Joni Mitchell’s 75th birthday, two concerts presented by The Music Center will take place November 6 and November 7 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles.

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