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.
June 1, 2017IM -
Local 293 (Hamilton, ON) signed a new collective bargaining agreement with the Burlington New Millennium Orchestra (BNMO), a 30-piece contemporary chamber orchestra. This unique group presents high caliber concerts in Burlington, Ontario, which frequently feature gifted performing artists from local, national, and international arts communities. Focused on nonclassical repertoire, the orchestra fosters collaborations with local arts groups and engages young audiences through outreach programming.
Led by arranger, music director, and conductor Charles Cozens, a member of Locals 293 and 149 (Toronto, ON), the genre-crossing BNMO performs pop, Broadway, jazz, rock, and world music and also uses some electronic instruments. It performs regularly at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre. All BNMO musicians are members of Local 293. The agreement represents the first new orchestral collective bargaining agreement for the local in decades.