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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Montreal Symphony Orchestra (MSO) recently became the only orchestra in the world to posses a rare octobass. Measuring almost 12 feet tall and weighing in at more than 288 pounds, the instrument can go as low as the lowest note of the piano, almost to the lowest limits of human hearing. Because it is so large, it would be impossible for a bassist to press the strings to the neck, so the three-stringed is played with levers and pedals. Invented in 1849 by luthier Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume in France, only three were ever built. The MSO’s instrument is a modern reproduction built in 2010. For more details about this remarkable instrument visit: http://www.osm.ca/en/octobass/.