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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.

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Orchestra News

Reno Philharmonic Ratifies Four-Year Contract

Reno Philharmonic Ratifies Four-Year Contract in a secret ballot back in Sepetember 2014, but the new deal will retroactive to July 1….

AFM/CFM in Full Force at Folk Alliance International 2015

Held in Kansas City, Missouri, the Folk Alliance International (FAI) Conference is the world’s largest gathering of the folk music industry and community, with more than 3,000 attendees that include artists and industry professionals.

Trumpets Raise Money for Cancer Blows

“We’ll all play a concert when I’m healthy again and we’ll call it ‘Cancer Blows’.” Eventually, Anthony’s light-hearted comment became a real event to raise awareness and money for cancer research.

AFM Updates “ Road Gig ” Assistance Policy

If that ever does happen, though, the AFM offers help through “Road Gig,” an AFM policy to assist traveling musicians in the event of contract defaults. But what exactly is Road Gig?

2015 Juno Awards Winners

Numerous AFM members were among those honored with nominations and awards at the 2015 Juno Awards. The following list are 2015 Juno awards winners…

2015 Juno Canada’s Music Awards in Hamilton, Ontario

 by Daniel Calabrese, AFM Canada, Contract Administer Every year since 1970, the Juno Awards have recognized Canadian musical artists and bands for their artistic and technical achievements in all aspects of music. This award show has grown in the past 45 years, becoming the biggest award show for Canada’s music industry. For several days prior […]

San Francisco Symphony Ratifies New Contract

In February, musicians and management of the San Francisco Symphony ratified a three-year contract. Negotiated less than two years after a strike…

Minnesota Orchestra Plans Trip to Cuba

Minnesota Orchestra may be the first US orchestra to play in Cuba, following the announcement of normalization of relations with the country…

Green Bay Symphony Orchestra Explores Alternatives to Closur

With a $55,000 deficit due to declining ticket sales and donations, the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra (GBSO) board and staff announced their intention to shut down at the end of the current season.

Orchestra London Musicians Perform Amid Shut-Down

Orchestra London in Ontario has ceased operations for at least the remainder of the 2014-2015 season, yet musicians are working closely with the board of directors to find a way to keep the organization running.