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Don Prell Presents Birthday Bridge Concert in San Francisco

On August 4, Prell, a jazz and classical bassist, walked partway across the Golden Gate Bridge with his bass and played a solo concert in honor of his 90th birthday.

AFM Members Named to CBC Music’s ‘30 Under 30’ List

CBC Music has announced its annual “30 Under 30” list, celebrating the accomplishments of Canada’s up-and-coming young classical musicians

2019 Musicians Hall of Fame Inductees Announced in Nashville

The 2019 inductees into the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville have been announced, and nearly every name on the list is an AFM member.

AFM & SAG-AFTRA Fund Explains MMA Royalties at ASCAP EXPO

The AFM & SAG-AFTRA Fund’s CEO Stefanie Taub recently hosted a panel at this year’s American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) EXPO to discuss the Music Modernization Act’s (MMA) positive impact on music creators.

Canadian Office of the American Federation of Musicians Announces Major Breakthrough Affecting Travelling Musicians

The Canadian Office of the American Federation of Musicians (AFM) has announced a successful outcome in its efforts to affect much-needed changes to Canada’s Air Policy with regard to the transportation of musical instruments on Canadian air carriers.

AFM 101st Convention Highlights

From June 16-20, the AFM 101st Convention took place at the Westgate Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. From pre-convention regional meetings to the swearing in of officers on the final day, the proceedings ran smoothly and were a demonstration of solidarity.

Local 374 – Still Serving After 115 Years

Local 374 (Concord, NH) celebrated its 115th year of service at its monthly meeting on May 2, during which the executive board also showcased the original “Certificate of Affiliation” that was drawn up on April 22, 1904.

New Orleans MPTF Holds “Never Too Old” Screening with Union Members

The New Orleans premiere of the recording industry’s Music Performance Trust Fund (MPTF)’s uplifting documentary, Never Too Old, took place April 2, at Harmony House Senior Center in Tremé

Candidates Seeking Election for AFM Office

An important part of each AFM Convention is the nomination and election of international officers who will lead the organization during the next three years.

Recommendations and Resolutions of the IEB for the 101st Convention

In conformity with Article 18, Section 5, and Article 18, Section 4 (d), of the AFM Bylaws, the following are the Recommendations and Resolutions to be presented by the International Executive Board (IEB) to the 101st Convention of the American Federation of Musicians for consideration by the elected delegates.