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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A Year of Strong Organizing in the AFM

Financial Health Restored AFM Secretary-Treasurer Sam Folio announced in the May IM that the financial health of the AFM had been restored thanks to cost cutting measures. He also announced that the AFM was considering the possibility of purchasing a space in lieu of continuing to rent. In the June issue, AFM President Ray Hair […]

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Warner Music Group Announces Prize for Young Classical Musicians

Warner Music Group announced a $100,000 prize for young classical musicians between the ages of 18 and 35. The award, presented in association with Carnegie Hall, is funded by billionaire industrialist Len Blavatnik who purchased Warner in 2011. Sixteen candidates from Carnegie Hall’s 2014-2015 roster are in the running for the first award. The Blavatnik […]

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The Singing Season: Avoiding Hoarseness During the Holidays

The holiday season is a time for numerous music events, late nights and celebrations. Unfortunately, it is also the time a year when your voice is at greatest risk due to cold weather, excessive talking over crowds and loud music, and the many active viruses that are circulating. Damage that occurs in December can last […]

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Dealing with Foreign Sales Tax

by Robert Baird, President Baird Artists Management (BAM!) My column “Getting Merchandise Across Borders” (October 2014 IM) prompted some questions on dealing with the sale of merchandise once you’ve gotten it into the country. We all know about “under-the-table” sales, but we should also be aware of the regulations regarding tax on merchandise—sales tax or […]

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AFM & SAG-AFTRA: New Developments in Performance Rights

by Dennis Dreith, Executive Director AFM & SAG-AFTRA Intellectual Property Rights Distribution Fund Background and Beginnings The AFM & SAG-AFTRA Fund was initially established as a joint project of the AFM and AFTRA (prior to its merger with SAG) for the purpose of distributing royalties stemming from various statutory provisions in US copyright law, and […]

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Kentucky Votes Down Right to Work

The Kentucky GOP promised to put the Bluegrass State in the “right to work” column, if they flipped the Democratic-majority state House of Representatives. A slew of GOP radio, TV, and print ads touted the right to work law with claims that the measure would lead to thousands of good jobs in Kentucky. Paducah Plumbers […]

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Shop Union for Your Holiday Meals

Here are some of the best union-made eats and cookware from the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM); Glass, Molders, Pottery, Plastics and Allied Workers (GMP); Machinists (IAM); United Steelworkers (USW); and United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW). For appetizers: Kraft/Nabisco, Nabisco (Mondelez), and Keebler (Kellogg) crackers (BCTGM); For meats: Boar’s Head, Butterball, Foster […]

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Musicians Question Streaming Business Model

Bucking the trend of offering music on streaming sites that provide minuscule returns to artists, Taylor Swift of Local 257 (Nashville, TN) has pulled her entire country music catalog from Spotify and not offered her debut pop album to the site at all. And the album, 1989, has gone platinum despite her lack of presence […]

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Favorite Festival Solos: 10 Great NFMC Selections

Favorite Festival Solos: 10 Great National Federation of Music Clubs (NFMC) Selections contains early to late elementary solos from federation festival lists. These recital and studio favorites are: “Autumn Is Here,” “Cossack Dance,” “Stately Procession,” and “Wind in the Bamboo Tree” (William Gillock); “Fiesta Fun” and “Indian Dance” (Carolyn Miller); “A New Day” (Carolyn C. […]

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The Ultimate Guitar Bass Bonanza: 50 Great Rock Bass Transcriptions in Notes and Tab

The Ultimate Guitar Bass Bonanza contains 50 note-for-note accurate transcriptions for top songs including: “Another One Bites the Dust” (Queen), “The Boys Are Back in Town” (Thin Lizzy),  “Brick House” (Commodores), “Carry on Wayward Son” (Kansas), “Come Together,” (The Beatles), “Creep” (Radiohead), “Livin’ on a Prayer” (Bon Jovi), “Smells Like Teen Spirit” (Nirvana), “Smoke on […]

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