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 16, 2015IM -
Joni Mitchell Honored with Polaris Award —Local 47 (Los Angeles, CA) member Joni Mitchell’s fourth album Blue (1971) was selected as the inaugural winner of Canada’s Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize, representing the time period of the 1960s through 1970s. “This is the Polaris version of a hall of fame. As with the main Prize, we hope this award will lead to more discussion and discovery of timeless recorded art from our history,” says Polaris Founder and Executive Director Steve Jordan.
The annual Polaris Music Prize began 10 years ago to honor the best Canadian album of the year. The brand new Heritage Prizes are designed to answer the question of which album would have won the Music Prize had the honor existed in the 1960s through 2005.