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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Manufacturing jobs in the US continue to disappear at a record rate with automaker layoffs steadily increasing since 2016. On the other side of the border, Mexico is rapidly growing as a manufacturing hub for all major automakers. The country is currently the primary exporter of automobiles to the US and the overall 4th largest exporter of automobiles in the world. A recent US Federal Reserve report noted that overall manufacturing production fell by .4% in May 2017, led by a 2% decline in motor vehicle and auto parts production. The automobile industry is the largest manufacturing and retail sector in the US. Autos make up about 3% of gross domestic product.