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 30, 2015IM -
Celtic punk band Dropkick Murphys, members Local 9-535 (Boston, MA), announced their support and approval of Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley’s use of their hit song “Shipping Up to Boston.” They tweeted their approval of the former governor of Maryland’s candidacy saying he “stands up for working people.” Earlier this year Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker’s use of the same song brought the opposite reaction. “We literally hate you” the band tweeted to Walker. Dropkick Murphys version of the Woody Guthrie song first gained popularity as the theme music to Martin Scorsese’s The Departed.