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 -
From September 11 through October 18 diverse communities throughout Los Angeles, California, will have the opportunity to board a truck to experience the first five minutes of a Los Angeles Philharmonic performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 through virtual reality. Visitors will be welcomed aboard the customized VAN Beethoven truck, complete with carpet and seating from Walt Disney Concert Hall. Once aboard, they will put on an Oculus headset and be transported to the iconic venue in an immersive, 360-degree, 3D environment. The private experience is augmented by a soundtrack that subtly shifts and adapts to the viewer’s perspective to give the feeling of being up close at a LA Philharmonic concert. The truck’s schedule (LAPhil.com/VANBeethoven) includes stops at parks, festivals, museums, and more.