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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James “Jimmy” Marsala played bass and was the band leader for Chuck Berry for 41 years. In his new book, the Local 2-197 (St. Louis, MO) member offers readers some of his experiences on the road with this pioneer of rock and roll. He provides insights into Berry’s character, and seeks to set the record straight regarding the rumor that Berry was a hard man to deal with. Filled with musical history, entertaining stories, and a vast array of photographs, this book offers a unique perspective on Berry as a man, musician, and, most of all, friend.
Memories of Chuck: A Compilation of Experiences on the Road Spanning 41 Years of Touring with Chuck Berry, the Originator of Rock and Roll, by James “Jimmy” Marsala, www.friesenpress.com.