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.
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January 27, 2015IM -
Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra (BPO) continued its trend of balanced budgets in FY 2014, thanks in part to a 6.2% increase in ticket sales. Nearly 200,000 people heard BPO perform more than 100 concerts. BPO’s endowment also grew past the $32 million mark, and the orchestra hopes to grow it to $50 million within the next few years. BPO increased its reach and visibility by releasing four CDs, performing a six-concert tour in Florida, and making an appearance at Richardson Hall in Princeton, New Jersey.
“Local 92 applauds the success and financial health of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, particularly since it will continue to directly benefit the orchestra musicians. We look forward to continued good labor and management relations, all the time remaining vigilant to the terms of the CBA currently in place, and ever ready to vigorously defend our union members when needed,” says Local 92 President Jim Pace.