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.
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September 29, 2022Antoinette Follett -
In September, the Music Performance Trust Fund (MPTF) scholarship program awarded more than $165,000 in educational grants to 120 students. The MPTF scholarship fund was established in June 2020 to help AFM member families during the COVID-19 pandemic.
More than 90 students whose parents are members of the AFM received the MPTF’s Music Family scholarships to pursue higher education and become leaders in their chosen fields. More than a third are studying for music-related careers.
Another 30 scholarships, designated as Music’s Future scholarships, revive an initiative from the 1990s to support aspiring professional musicians studying at the post-secondary level. The 30 recipients attend colleges and universities across the US and Canada.
“Music’s Future scholarships open doors for students studying music performance, education, therapy, and conducting,” says Dan Beck, MPTF trustee. “Music benefits cultures and communities and we are pleased to help more young people learn, play, teach, and express themselves through music—and to encourage us all to make and appreciate music.”
Local 1 (Cincinnati, OH): Tamar Sella
Local 2-197 (St. Louis, MO): Cameron Henry, Abby Gottfried, Peyton Heimburger, Elise Thierbach, Colby Heimburger
Local 4 (Cleveland, OH): Julia Patterson
Local 5 (Detroit, MI): Trinity Lee
Local 6 (San Francisco, CA): Amitai Smyla
Local 9-535 (Boston, MA): Ian Aistrup, Nathaniel Aistrup, Jason Amis, Halden Aistrup, Abigail Bohn, Adelaide Braunhill, Anna Buswell, Jonah Covell, Elizabeth Cross, Raphael Feldman, Catherine Holt, Lucas Kay, Meghan McDonagh, Liat Rimoni, Katherine Stirling-Ellis, Leigh Wilson
Local 10-208 (Chicago, IL): Eldon Bradfield, Laurel Baumann, Lucille Claude, Janelle Finton, Gabriella Goldenberg, Csilla Moran, Alyson Rea, Kayla Rea, Michael Semanic
Local 11-637 (Louisville, KY): Isabella Recktenwald, Luke Schroeder
Local 14 (Albany, NY): Laura Van Voris
Local 23 (San Antonio, TX): Julia Gignac
Local 30-73 (St. Paul-Minneapolis, MN): Ella Erdahl
Local 47 (Los Angeles, CA): Isabel Petty, Logan Walther
Local 58 (Ft. Wayne, IN): Maria Carrillo
Local 72-147 (Dallas-Ft. Worth, TX): Colin Hilliard, William Bawcombe-Schast
Local 77 (Philadelphia, PA): Hannah Fink
Local 78 (Syracuse, NY): Grace Bridge
Local 92 (Buffalo, NY): Benjamin Mekinulov
Local 94 (Tulsa, OK): Ethan Haapanen
Local 99 (Portland, OR): Beatrice Byrd, Naomi Byrd
Local 123 (Richmond, VA): Killian Winn
Local 145 (Vancouver, BC): Jordana Goddard, Ria McKenzie
Local 148-462 (Atlanta, GA): Helen Bryant, Evan Nicholson, Julia Su
Local 149 (Toronto, ON): Anna Maria Moubayed
Local 161-710 (Washington, DC): Lindsay D’Imperio, Nicholas D’Imperio, Henry Nalker
Local 190 (Winnipeg, MB): Elly Hooker
Local 247 (Victoria, BC): Cosette Mangas, Victor Mangas
Local 257 (Nashville, TN): Christina Ferrari
Local 353 (Long Beach, CA): Brian Saranec
Local 369 (Las Vegas, NV): Elisabeth Flora
Local 389 (Orlando, FL): Julia Reparip
Local 390 (Edmonton, AB): Mark Vaasjo
Local 40-543 (Baltimore, MD): Grace Carney
Local 400 (Hartford-New Haven, CT): Amelia Caruk, Samantha Kramer
Local 427-721 (Tampa Bay, FL): Benjamin Glick, Isabel Traba, Mercedes Traba
Local 506 (Kingston, ON): Lauren Craner
Local 547 (Calgary, AB): Wesley O’Brien, Greg Robertson
Local 571 (Halifax, NS): Greta Dietz, LaLa Lee
Local 677 (Honolulu, HI): Sophia Stark, Max Womack
Local 802 (New York City): Louis Bailey, Emma Currie, Zack Danni, Luke Danni, Maxine Danni, Gabriel Roth
Local 820 (St. Johns, NL): Jamie Moran
A complete list of 2022 Music’s Future Scholars can be viewed here: www.musicpf.org/home/musicsfuturescholars.