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.
June 12, 2015IM -
According to Reuters, the House of Representatives has effectively blocked Fast Track. The legislation had created unusual coalitions with President Obama and House Republican leaders are allied in supporting it, while most Democrats and some Republicans oppose it. Labor organizations oppose Fast Track, they fear will result in American job losses by giving Congress less oversight when it comes to trade deals. Congress would lose the ability to make changes to a trade deal, and would only allow it to hold a yes-or-no vote on one. Though the legislation is dead for now, the House may still hold a Fast Track vote in order to allow members to share their views. In the weeks leading up to the vote the AFL-CIO has asked workers to contact their representatives to speak out against Fast Track.