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.
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Irish Composer Siobhán Cleary declined a lucrative Arts Council commission because she was offered 20% less than her male colleagues in the last four years, for the same commission. An accomplished composer, Cleary has long decried the lack of recognition for women composers.
Among her many achievements, she has composed several scores for feature films and documentaries. Her orchestral works include, Alchemy (2001) and Cokaygne (2009), commissioned by RTÉ and performed by the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra. She was a featured composer in the Composers’ Choice concert series at the National Concert Hall (2003) and was elected to Ireland’s state-sponsored academy of creative artists, Aosdána, in 2008. In 2010 she was awarded a three-month residency in the Culturel Centre Irlandais in Paris. Recently, she composed the opera Vampirella, based on the Angela Carter stories.