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.
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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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As his mother was dying, Philip Kennicott began to listen to the music of Bach obsessively. He spent the next five years trying to learn one of the composer’s greatest keyboard masterpieces, the “Goldberg Variations.” In Counterpoint, he recounts his efforts to rise to the challenge, and to fight through his grief. He describes the joys of mastering some of the piano pieces, the frustrations that plague his understanding of others, and the technical challenges they pose. While exploring Bach’s compositions he sketches a cultural history of playing the piano in the 20th century.
Counterpoint: A Memoir of Bach and Mourning, by Philip Kennicott, W.W. Norton & Company, https://wwnorton.com.