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.
July 23, 2018IM -
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) released its 2018 Employment Outlook report, which reviews labor trends and prospects in the 36 OECD countries. The 2018 report shows that the US has work to do in terms of its economic policies and outcomes. The study says, “The low-income rate in the US (defined as the share of working-age population living with less than 50% of median household disposable income) is one of the highest in the OECD. The rate in the US is 14.8% compared to an OECD average of 10.6%. The lowest rate (5.8%) was in the Czech Republic. The report also showed little government support for unemployed and at-risk workers, and employed workers are hampered by a week collective bargaining system.