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Officer Columns, President's Message

Negotiations in Progress:Film, Jingles, and Symphonic Media

As we close a dynamic and energetic 2013 and look ahead toward a productive new year, negotiations for constructive, successor media agreements with the film, jingle, and symphonic employment sectors will dominate my work schedule early on. That said, despite the contentious nature of labor negotiations, the bargaining table is a place I relish because […]

Getting a Top Hit Isn’t What It Used to Be

It has been a long time since I went to a record bin looking for the hottest new single, or since I took one of our own band’s new releases to various radio stations, trying to convince the DJ or station manager that they should play our tune.

Stronger Together: An Interview with President Hair

by Gail Kruvand, AFM Local 802 Executive Board The following article was reprinted from the November 2013 issue of Allegro, the magazine of AFM Local 802 (New York City). For more information, visit: For this interview, President Hair spoke with Local 802 member and bassist Gail Kruvand, who serves on the Local 802 Executive […]

A Tale of Four Bassists

Tina Morrison – AFM International Executive Board Member and President of Local 105 (Spokane, WA) Last summer I witnessed a conversation between four bassists at our local and I have been ruminating on the information exchanged. One bassist is of retirement age (not from music); one is in his early 20s. Two are symphonic performers. […]

AEMI Meeting with US Copyright Office

I am pleased to report on a remarkably constructive meeting between the US Copyright Office (USCO) and the Arts, Entertainment, and Media Industries Committee (AEMI) that took place in late October. The meeting not only identified a number of topics for further discussion, but one USCO staffer even ensured that her requests for public comment […]

AFM and Union Plus Have Your Back

Whether it is negotiating fair agreements, protecting ownership of recorded music or securing benefits such as healthcare and pension; AFM is always working hard for you and your families. But did you know that Union Plus is also working hard for you and your family? Through our strategic partnership with the Union Plus programs, active […]

Orchestra Board Should Feel Heat for Lockout

Below is the text of my speech given at a rally in downtown  Minneapolis on October 1, 2013, the one-year mark of the Minnesota Orchestra lockout. You can see it at We come together today to mark what happened exactly one year ago—the board of directors of the Minnesota Orchestra Association decided to use […]