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.
January 11, 2016IM -
Alex Musical Instruments, the last music store that remained on the segment of West 48th Street in Manhattan that was once called Music Row has moved away. In December, owner Alex Carozza packed his accordion store up after 50 years and relocated to an office building on West 54th Street. Once a vibrant street where famous musicians could frequently be spotted, the street is now home to empty buildings and “for rent” signs. All of the music shops that once lined the street (Rudy’s Music Stop, Manny’s Music, New York Woodwind and Brass, We Buy Guitars, and more) have either closed or relocated, victims of the soaring price of real estate and growth in Internet shopping.