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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The November 5 elections saw big wins for working families. There were groundbreaking minimum wage increases in New Jersey and Washington State. New Jersey voters voted in favor of a constitutional amendment raising it $1, from $7.25 to $8.25. In Washington, a ballot measure will raise wages for more than 6,000 airport workers to $15 per hour, and provide sick days and other benefits. In Boston, long-time labor leader Martin Walsh (D) became mayor. Terry McAuliffe (D) took the governorship, pledging to govern in a bipartisan fashion, focusing on infrastructure, education investments, and the expansion of the Medicaid program as a part of the Affordable Care Act. Cincinnati voters rejected a city charter amendment that would have eliminated a defined benefit pension plan for new city hires. Public Advocate Bill de Blasio became the first Democratic mayor of New York City in more than two decades.