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.
June 18, 2018IM -
On May 1, members of the AFM participated in the first annual Music Career Day at Mohawk College in Hamilton, Ontario. Attended by more than 600 high school and college students, the event presented more than a dozen panels. Three live bands, two of them comprising entirely Local 293 (Hamilton, ON) members, provided entertainment. For more information on the event, including panelist bios please visit https://www.mohawkcollege.ca/music-career-day-hamilton.
Hamilton Musicians’ Guild, Local 293, President Larry Feudo, Secretary-Treasurer Brent Malseed, and AFM International Representative Allistair Elliott served as panelists on a workshop entitled “Introduction to the Hamilton Musicians’ Guild,” moderated by Local 293 2nd Vice President Janna Malseed. Some of the topics covered were: the history of Local 293, benefits and services to members, contracts for live performances/recordings, intellectual property rights, US work permits for Canadian musicians, the MPTF, and the Lester Petrillo Fund. The theme was the importance of being part of a collective for a stronger voice in issues that affect all musicians at the local, national, and international levels.
A CFM booth at the Music Career Day Vendor Marketplace, was manned by CFM Electronic Media Supervisor Daniel Calabrese with the assistance of Local 293 First Vice President Reg Denis and Executive Board Members Ron Palangio and Ryan McKenna. They handed out AFM/CFM informational pamphlets and answered many questions about the benefits of AFM membership. Mohawk College Music Student Raul Gutierrez-Ruiz, who is interning at the Local 293 office, helped the team and took photographs.
Among the more than a dozen workshops and panel discussion topics were career pathways, women in music, film scoring, royalties and licensing, and funding sources. The workshops were dialogue starters with something of interest to everyone. Among the panelists were Local 293 members Lily Sazz, Andre Bisson, and Janna Malseed; Amy Di Nino of Local 226 (Kitchener, ON); Pat Collins of Local 149 (Toronto, ON), and Dusty Micale of Local 802 (New York City).
“Music Career Day was an excellent opportunity for our officers to interact with the students and network with the other panelists to make them aware of what we do as a union. As a result of this event, three new members joined Local 293 the day after,” says Brent Malseed.
The event, designed to offer networking opportunities and unique workshops/panel discussions for aspiring musicians and industry professionals was created with support from Mohawk College, Hamilton Music Community, and the City of Hamilton.
The Hamilton Music Advisory Team (HMAT) has close ties to Local 293 through Janna Malseed’s position as vice chair of the HMAT committee. Made up of local music industry representatives with eclectic musical backgrounds, HMAT assists with the city’s music strategy and is focused on “cultivating music creation and talent and growing audiences and appreciation of music.” For more information on the HMAT visit https://www.hamilton.ca/hamilton-music-film-office/music-in-hamilton/hamilton-music-advisory-team.
At the closing ceremony, Local 293 President Feudo and Secretary-Treasurer Malseed presented second-year Mohawk College music student James Degeer with a cheque representing the local’s donation to the Richard Newell (King Biscuit Boy) Scholarship, given annually to outstanding music students at Mohawk.
To see video highlights from Mohawk College Career Day visit: