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.
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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 13, 2018IM -
Musicians of Iraq’s National Symphony Orchestra continue to rehearse and perform despite no pay for the past eight months. The ensemble has lost more than half its musicians, now down to just 40, since the government issued an anti-corruption directive barring state employees with two jobs from receiving two salaries. Though the measure only applies to about one third of the musicians, delays in carrying out the reform have resulted in wages being withheld from the entire symphony. Created in 1970, the ensemble has survived decades of upheaval, but is now in danger of closing. All of the musicians’ salaries (including the maestro) added together amount to just $85,000 for the year.