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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.

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Orchestra News

Chicago Symphony Orchestra Receives Record-Setting Gifts

  Chicago Symphony Orchestra Receives Record-Setting Gifts In early June, Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) received two gifts totaling $32 million—the largest in the orchestra’s 123-year history. The Zell Family Foundation made a $17 million gift to CSO’s endowment and general operating funds. The gift will be used to underwrite, in perpetuity, the position of music […]


Pittsburgh Symphony Plans Concerts in Canada and North Carolina

  Pittsburgh Symphony Plans Concerts in Canada and North Carolina Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO) will perform two concerts as part of the Lanaudière Festival, which takes place near Montreal, in July 2015. The trip will mark PSO’s third appearance at the festival; it most recently performed there in 2012. The orchestra had previously announced that […]


Omaha Symphony Ratifies Five-Year Contract

The Omaha Symphony announced a new five-year contract in mid-May, providing modest salary increases for musicians each year, as well as a 1% signing bonus in the first year of the contract. Altogether, base salaries will rise from $31,901 in first year to $35,024 in final year. The orchestra will also contribute $150 more toward […]


Alabama Symphony Orchestra Agrees to New Contract

Musicians and management of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra (ASO) have reached an agreement that will increase base salaries by 4.8% total over three years. This contract confirms that the orchestra has fully recovered from its bankruptcy in the mid-1990s and also the financial challenges faced during the recession.  Jeff Solomon, president of Local 256-733 (Birmingham, […]


Phoenix Symphony Ratifies Contract Six Months Early

Musicians of the Phoenix Symphony have ratified a one-year agreement, six months ahead of the expiration of their current contract. The new agreement goes into effect September 15, 2014 and will cover the period through October 31, 2015. This is the fourth consecutive one-year agreement; the first included a wage freeze and the following three […]


AFM Leadership Advocates Musicians’ Priorities in Washington, DC

Founded in 1896, the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada has for 118 years represented the interests of professional musicians across the country. The union has a proud history of successful legislative and political action in Washington, DC. For almost a century, the AFM has taken a leadership role fighting to […]


Musicians Bring Campaign to Stop Offshore Scoring to Lionsgate

After more than a month of unsuccessful attempts to reach Lionsgate Entertainment CEO Jon Feltheimer through letters and phone calls, it was time to pay him a visit. Rank-and-file musicians wanted to discuss Lionsgate’s practice of offshoring its musical scoring to distant countries—something that limits local musicians’ ability to earn a living and deprives our […]


Union Privilege Builds Homes for Veterans During Spring Liaison Conference

Union Privilege (UP) understands the value of home. For years, we’ve offered mortgage grants to help our members make payments in times of hardship, and provided discounts on heating and cooling to keep those homes comfortable. Because we believe that everyone deserves a safe, comfortable, and affordable home, we’ve made it our mission to team […]


The 2014 Labor Notes Conference Educates and Energizes Worldwide Labor Activists

Labor Notes is a Detroit-based media and organizing project that has been the voice of union activists who want to “put the movement back in the labor movement” since 1979.


Update on International Travel and African Elephant Ivory

Since publication of the April IM article about African elephant ivory, specifically relating to the adverse effect of Director’s Order No. 210 (the Order), we have heard from many AFM members looking for concrete solutions.









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