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 Tragically Hip’s final Man Machine Poem tour generated a staggering US $1.85 million per show. According to the Canadian Cancer Society and the Sunnybrook Foundation, ticket sales helped raise more than $1 million for brain cancer research.
Gord Downie of Local 518 (Kingston, ON) announced he will be doing two additional special benefit shows for the University of Manitoba-based National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR). The project highlights the story of Chanie Wenjack, a 12-year-old Ojibway boy who died in 1966 after fleeing one of the notorious state-run residential schools. “Chanie haunts me. His story is Canada’s story,” Downie says. The multimedia project includes a solo album, animated film, and a graphic novel, The Secret Path, by award-winning author Jeff Lemire.
Day schools or industrial schools, which forced First Nations children to assimilate into the dominant Canadian culture, devastated native communities. Nearly 150,000 or 30% of native children were taken from their families, deprived of their language, and exposed to abuses in the government schools. Last year, a truth commission described the schools as a tool for “cultural genocide.” The last school was closed in 1996.