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.
September 13, 2016IM -
PRS Signature artist and AFM member Carlos Santana of Local 6 (San Francisco, CA) is holding a unique fundraising event at to benefit healthcare facilities serving two areas in Mexico. Through Santana’s nonprofit Milagro Foundation, funds will support the Santana Telehealth Project and benefit both the Santuario de Luz pediatric medical clinic in the town of Autlan, Mexico, and the Hospital Infantil de las Californias in Tijuana. Santana was born in Autlan and his family moved to Tijuana when he was a child.
“The Ultimate Experience with Carlos Santana” at the House of Blues is co-sponsored by PRS Guitars, the House of Blues, and Casa Noble Tequila. It includes a concert and private cocktail reception with Santana. Each couple attending with get an autographed, limited edition PRS “Corazon” SE Santana electric guitar, as well as enjoy luxury hotel accommodations and front and center seats for the show. Plus their names will be added to the Santana Telehealth Project donor wall in both medical facilities. A limited number of tickets, priced at $7,500 (couple) or $4,000 (individual), are available for the September 24 event.
Santana recently released Santana IV: Live At the House of Blues Las Vegas, available in DVD/CD and digital formats. This release captures the reunion of Santana’s band of the late ’60s and early ’70s. He has a series of shows lined up at the House of Blues.