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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Tough the music industry grosses more than $50 billion a year, the very people whose creativity and ingenuity fuel this massive cash machine frequently have few places to turn in troubled times. The Recording Academy established the MusiCares Foundation more than 20 years ago to help musicians faced with often insurmountable health and financial hardships. Its mission is to ensure that music people have a place to turn in times of financial, medical, or personal crisis. Its primary purpose is to focus some of the music industry’s attention and resources on the human services issues that directly impact the health and welfare of music people.
MusiCares provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need. Services and resources cover a wide range of financial, medical, and personal emergencies, and each case is treated with integrity and confidentiality. Following are some of the services MusiCares provides. For specifics, eligibility requirements, and contact information visit www.grammy.org/musicares/client-services/.
Emergency Financial Assistance
The Emergency Financial Assistance Program provides critical funds for musicians in need of financial assistance for medical expenses including doctor, dental, and hospital bills, prescriptions, addiction recovery treatment, psychotherapy, and treatment for other critical illnesses, as well as basic living expenses such as rent and utilities due to an unavoidable emergency. For eligibility and regional contact information, visit www.grammy.org/musicares/client-services/emergency-financial-assistance.
MusiCares Medical Network
MusiCares works closely with a dedicated group of health care professionals through the MusiCares Medical Network to provide valuable and often life-changing services that some musicians require, but simply cannot afford. The network is comprised of providers who generously donate their time and expertise to treat MusiCares’ referrals that are uninsured and lack the means to pay for services. Through the efforts of these professionals our clients are able to access specialty medical and dental care that may not otherwise be available to them. This network of partners generously supports the music community through their ongoing commitment.
Addiction and Recovery Services
MusiCares has become a leading force in the effort to identify, raise awareness of, and address the problems of addiction in our industry. In addition to the financial assistance that is available, one way MusiCares provides addiction recovery support is through its Safe Harbor Room program, supported by the Bohemian Foundation. MusiCares established its first Safe Harbor Room in 1997, backstage at the 39th Annual Grammy Awards telecast. Staffed by qualified chemical dependency and addiction specialists, it provided a support system to artists and crew members struggling with addiction. MusiCares has since expanded the Safe Harbor Room program to include locations and venues throughout the country. For a list of upcoming MusiCares Safe Harbor Rooms visit: www.grammy.org/musicares/events.
MusiCares addiction support groups are provided for people in the music industry to discuss how to best cope with the issues surrounding the recovery process. Weekly mixed aftercare groups take place in Austin, Texas; Fort Collins, Colorado; Los Angeles, California; New Orleans, Louisiana; New York City; Seattle, Washington; and Nashville, Tennessee. The MusiCares Connection is a nationwide recovery support network of individuals who will assist music people on the road by meeting them at the airport, at a venue, or at their hotel and take them to a recovery support meeting.
MusiCares developed the MusiCares Musicians’ Assistance Program (MAP) Fund as a pool of resources set aside to provide members of the music community access to addiction recovery treatment, regardless of their financial situation. MusiCares acknowledges that support and aftercare services are vital to successful recovery. MusiCares offers recovery support groups around the country in several chapter cities. These groups are facilitated with trained addiction recovery specialists who have the education, experience and knowledge to provide exceptional supportive care. They are free of charge and open to alumni, current MAP Fund clients, and interested music industry individuals.