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.
September 14, 2016IM -
by Kim Wysocki, Administrative Assistant, AFM Electronic Media Services Division
The importance of our CD Jacket Program has grown over the years and continues to grow.
Securing the release of all sound recording products, including, but not limited to, box sets, “anniversary” packages, deluxe editions, etc., which usually contain live and previously unreleased material and coordinating the proper filing of B forms for these recordings, as well as all recordings done under the Sound Recording Labor Agreement (SRLA) are vital to the Electronic Media Services Division (EMSD).
This office continues to pursue major record companies, including covered labels and independent labels signed to the SRLA. In the same vein, the EMSD researches to obtain CDs, label copies, and other pertinent information (including digital releases). When this process is completed, the information gathered is shared with the AFM locals in whose jurisdictions the recordings took place. We work together to ensure that B-4 report forms are accurately filed (hours worked, doubles, overdubs, music preparation, etc.) and also make sure that a current signatory contract is in place. We coordinate our efforts to ensure that musicians are properly credited and receive wages, pension, etc., for their work and subsequent payments from the Special Payments Fund for each of the next five years, as well as for potential new use of recordings in motion pictures, TV Film, commercial announcements, and more.
The filing of these forms is essential and it’s to the benefit of every musician who performs on a recording to see that they are properly listed on the AFM B-4 report forms for their work. This makes new use billing procedures go more smoothly.
EMSD has a scanning procedure to ensure that all the report forms received in this office for any work performed under AFM agreements are “stored” in our system, thereby making them readily accessible. We also have an electronic jacket file (provided by the Pension Fund), which enables us to access information as needed. The more information we have on file, the better equipped we are to serve and assist you.