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.
December 1, 2020IM -
In late September, Local 78 (Syracuse, NY) musicians and officers participated in a rally dubbed “Let the Music Play,” which protested New York state rules that say only “incidental” music can be played at bars, restaurants, clubs, or theaters. The New York State Liquor Authority rules prohibit venues that serve alcohol from advertising shows or charging customers for live entertainment through tickets or cover charges. State officials have argued that the rules are meant to limit crowds and control the potential spread of the coronavirus. AFM International President Ray Hair said at the time, “While we don’t deny the gravity of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic or dispute the steps taken to curb the infection’s spread, NYS Liquor Authority’s rule against advertising live music or charging for music just punishes musicians and business owners. This rule does nothing to protect the community against coronavirus or ensure safety of the venue.”