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.
October 1, 2015IM -
In September, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra performed in the Orpheum theater for the first time since Hurricane Katrina flooded its lower levels five years ago. The nearly century-old Beaux Arts theater, located in New Orleans’ Central Business District, has been restored and renovated. It is one of the few remaining vertical hall designs left in the US and has over he years hosted vaudeville acts, films, and countless orchestra performances. Its acoustics impeccable acoustics are said to rival that of Carnegie Hall.
The restoration brought back the precise 1921 color scheme; the terra cotta ceiling and ornate plasterwork were restored by hand. Modern improvements to the theater include a state-of-the-art audio and lighting system; an adjustable floor plan with removable seating; remodeled green rooms and dressing rooms; six permanent bars; additional restrooms; and two new VIP areas.