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 27, 2020IM -
In the interest of public health and in compliance with local health advisories, orchestras across the United States and Canada have canceled, postponed, or curtailed performances, educational offerings, and other public events. Orchestras in the states of Washington and California were among the first impacted, with orchestras everywhere quickly following suit in mid-March. Where possible, many orchestras are working to reschedule affected performances.
Many organizations have expanded options for ticket exchanges or refunds, while also urging ticket holders to donate the price of their tickets back to the orchestra during this difficult time. Development staff are increasing fundraising efforts and launching dedicated campaigns.
Altered performance schedules will have a negative impact on the financial health of orchestras and other performing arts organizations; the unexpected loss of event-dependent income for musicians is coming into focus and will grow over time.