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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A scholarship fund using the assets of the recording industry’s Music Performance Trust Fund (MPTF) encourages the children of professional musicians to pursue higher education and become leaders in their chosen fields. This year, the MPTF will again grant $100,000 in scholarship funds to qualified applicants throughout North America.
“The pandemic has hit our profession hard, but live events are returning in 2021,” says Dan Beck, MPTF Trustee. “This year, we are eager to hear from our scholar applicants how the return of admission-free, live music will impact their communities.”
An applicant must be the child of a member in good standing of the American Federation of Musicians, or a member themselves; who is a high school graduate; and is planning to attend a college, university, community college, or trade school in the fall of 2021. The individual does not need to be studying for a music-related degree. Up to two young adults per family may apply, and up to five students from any one AFM local may receive a scholarship. Others will be wait-listed for future scholarships.
Students may apply from May 1 through July 1. To download a fact sheet and application form, visit musicpf.org/scholarship.