Now is the right time to become an American Federation of Musicians member. From ragtime to rap, from the early phonograph to today's digital recordings, the AFM has been there for its members. And now there are more benefits available to AFM members than ever before, including a multi-million dollar pension fund, excellent contract protection, instrument and travelers insurance, work referral programs and access to licensed booking agents to keep you working.
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.
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.
March 8, 2014Alan Willaert - AFM Vice President from Canada
The CFM is fortunate to have one of the best instrument insurance packages. It’s been available only to members, through our partners at Hub International, for more than 30 years. The plan has been so stable and successful, that premiums have not increased for 20 years. But we now live in very litigious times, and due to the possibility of a wider array of loss types, the Canadian Office decided to renegotiate our policy and make the necessary changes.
Hub International was very receptive, and with their help, we believe we can now present an instrument and liability insurance programme that is far superior to anything available elsewhere. These are some highlights of the changes that will take effect March 1. Please check with your local’s newsletter, or Hub International, for more details.
Benefits that remain unchanged are:
New features that take effect March 1 are:
We know there are policies available elsewhere that have lower per hundred rates, but we must caution you to check the fine print; therein lie surprises. Our research indicates that this is a superior product, backed by proven service and support, and of course, it is only available to members.
There is some late-breaking news on Bill C-525—another private member’s bill introduced by a Tory backbencher aimed at seriously damaging the ability of unions to organize in Canada. The most heinous provisions were rules that were completely biased against unions. Under those rules, employees who did not participate in the unionization vote would be counted as having voted against forming a union. For example, in a business with 100 employees, if 49 people voted and all of them voted to unionize (100%), they would still lose since the 51 people who stayed home would be counted as votes against. Using those rules, no MP would ever be elected to Parliament! However, pressure was brought to bear by the opposition party (NDP), and while the Bill is still anti-labour, those voting rules have been removed.