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Articles, International Musician, Legislative Update

Your Support Is Needed Now to Protect Our Pension Plan

AFM-Employers Pension Fund (AFM-EPF) trustees urgently ask that each of you contact your member of Congress right away to express your support for a fix to our multiemployer pension plan through the Butch Lewis Act (S. 2147).

Theater Musicians Association—25 Years of Workplace Involvement

TMA is the newest AFM player conference. It began its journey 25 years ago, and is now comprised of chapters organized among locals that negotiate local agreements with theatrical venues and presenters that book Pamphlet B tours.

Commercial Announcements Shift from Catchy Jingles to Hit Singles

Despite the effectiveness of these little ditties, many advertising agencies are trading in the jingle tactic for a new approach that took off in the mid-1980s when Pepsi started using celebrities to endorse their products.

Boston Jazz Bassist Bruce Gertz Walks the Walk

Bruce Gertz has been on the Boston jazz scene for 42 years. A bassist, composer, and producer, he’s also an educator, joining a coterie of top players on the faculty of his alma mater, the Berklee College of Music.

Spokane Symphony Concerts Celebrate Labor Day Weekend

Spokane Symphony is set to celebrate Labor Day Weekend with free concerts of light classics, patriotic tunes, and favorite movie music.

Reno Philharmonic to See Increased Wages and Services

Musicians and management of the Reno Philharmonic have announced a four-year contract, effective July 2018 through June 2022. It provides a per-service pay increase of 3% each year, as well as additional guaranteed services.

Festivals and Symphonies Celebrate the 100th Birthday of Bernstein

In May 2017, the Leonard Bernstein Office announced “Leonard Bernstein at 100,” a two-year global celebration of the artist’s life and career, featuring more than 2,500 events on six continents.

CDs and B-4 Report Forms Ensure Your Projects Are Covered

The importance of our CD Jacket Program has continued to grow over the years. Securing the release of all sound recording product (including box sets, anniversary packages, deluxe editions), which usually contain live and previously unreleased material, keeps this department busy. Coordinating the proper filing of B-4 forms for these recordings, as well as all recordings done under the Sound Recording Labor Agreement (SRLA) is as vital as ever.

Finding the Correct AFM Streaming Agreement

The Federation’s streaming agreements are continuously evolving to respond to the industry. Outlined here are our four main streaming agreements and a brief overview of their terms and conditions.

Nashville Symphony to Hold Free Day of Music

The Nashville Symphony will hold its 13th annual Free Day of Music October 27 with a full day and evening of performances throughout Schermerhorn Symphony Center, including everything from classical and jazz to rock and country, beginning with a Nashville Symphony concert.