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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.

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AFM Members Among Most Powerful Women in the Music Industry

Each year, BBC Radio 4 releases a list of the most powerful women in the music industry. This “Women’s Hour Power List” features women that are performers, business owners, musicians, and executives and have a strong influence in the industry.

Saxophonist Recognized for Work with Detroit’s Jazz Community

Wendell Harrison, member of Local 5 (Detroit, MI), was recently named the 2018 Kresge Eminent Artist. This lifetime achievement award honors a musician who has had a significant impact on the cultural environment of Detroit and is dedicated to the development of Detroit’s cultural community and residents.

Violinist Earns Recognition for Work with Underprivileged

Vijay Gupta, member of Local 47 (Los Angeles, CA), was recently named a MacArthur Fellow. His work with the homeless and under-resourced communities has inspired musicians all over the Los Angeles area.

Composer Honored for Celebrating Diversity

Tania León, member of Local 802 (New York, NY), was recently elected to the board of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in the Visual Arts and Performing Arts – Criticism and Practice category.

Members of Local 257 Honored at IBMA Awards

On September 28, 2018, the 29th annual International Bluegrass Music Association awards were held in Raleigh, North Carolina. Many groups and individuals were recognized that evening, including many members of Local 257 (Nashville, TN).

Ricky Skaggs Inducted into Bluegrass HoF

On September 27, Local 257 (Nashville, TN) member Ricky Skaggs was inducted into the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame during the International Bluegrass Music Awards in Raleigh, North Carolina. Fellow Local 257 member Marty Stuart had the honor of inducting Skaggs.

Tino Gagliardi Honored by City & State

In September, AFM International Executive Board Member and Local 802 (New York City) President Tino Gagliardi was honored by City & State as one of the 50 most powerful leaders in New York’s labor community.

New AFM & SAG-AFTRA Intellectual Property Rights Fund COO

The AFM & SAG-AFTRA Intellectual Property Rights Distribution Fund is pleased to announce the appointment of Sidney Kibodeaux White to the role of chief operating officer.

La Fédération canadienne des musiciens : le point sur les négociations

To read this article in English, click here. Cette année, l’été et l’automne se sont avérés chargés en matière de négociations. C’est un travail épuisant, mais nous considérons que c’est l’occasion d’améliorer les cachets et les bénéfices de nos membres qui travaillent selon les termes des ententes visées. Prix de la musique country canadienne Un […]

La Conférence 2018 de l’OMOSC donne lieu à des discussions d’actualité

par Melissa Goodchild, secrétaire de l’OMOSC et membre de la section locale 553 (Saskatoon, Sask.), et Matt Heller, vice-président de l’OMOSC et membre de la section 547 (Calgary, Alb.) To view this article in English, click here. La 43e Conférence annuelle de l’Organisation des musiciens d’orchestre symphonique du Canada (OMOSC) a eu lieu du 13 […]