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.
March 1, 2018IM -
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) has announced one of the largest fundraising campaigns in its 101-year history, aiming to raise $65 million by December 2019. In the quiet phase of the campaign, which focused on discussions with board members and major donors, the orchestra has reached about two-thirds of its goal, with $42.6 million raised. The Campaign Committee includes a wide range of key stakeholders, including board members, staff, musicians, and other community leaders.
BSO plans to put $50 million toward its endowment to sustain future growth of the orchestra and enable it to attract and retain top musicians. An additional $10 million will go toward its education programs, including the expansion of OrchKids, an El Sistema-inspired program that is currently offered at six Title I schools in the city. The final $5 million will support BSO’s annual fund. Baltimore Symphony Orchestra musicians are members of Local 40-543 (Baltimore, MD).