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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The AFM proudly congratulates all its members who worked on Oscar-nominated films. Frozen won Best Animated Feature Film and Best Original Song. Its score composer, Christophe Beck, is a member of Local 47 (Los Angeles, CA). Captain Phillips received six nominations, including Best Picture. Score composer Henry Jackman is a member of Local 47. Saving Mr. Banks and composer Thomas Newman of Local 47, along with The Book Thief and composer John Williams of Locals 47 and 9-535 (Boston, MA), were nominated for Best Original Score. Despicable Me 2 was nominated for Best Animated Feature Film and Best Original Song. Score composer Heitor Pereira is a member of Local 47. Get a Horse! was nominated for Best Animated Short Film. Score composer was Mark Watters of Local 47.
For the first time this year, the Academy put on an Oscar Concert featuring an 80-piece orchestra made up of Local 47 members. Each of the nominated composers conducting their nominated music during the concert held at UCLA’s Royce Hall February 27.