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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Sharon Jones struggled for years to make it in the music industry, singing weddings and talent shows, and frequently being told she was “too short, too old, too fat, and too black” to make it as a headliner. But in 1996 she was discovered by Daptone Records and became the dynamic frontline singer for the Dap-Kings, performing her own brand of gospel funk. This book offers a deep appreciation for the bighearted star who beat the odds and did it her way.
Long Slow Train: The Soul Music of Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, by Donald Brackett, Backbeat Books, www.backbeatbooks.com.