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.
December 29, 2015IM -
In mid-December the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) ruled that, effective January 1, online radio companies will pay three cents more per 100 plays of songs through 2020. The new rate, 17 cents per 100 plays, is a key development in a long series of disputes over how much music companies and artists make from online streaming services. Artist rights organizations say that the board didn’t go far enough in raising payments. The decision appeared to be a compromise between the wishes of the labels and the streaming service.
“We believe the rates set by the CRB do not reflect a market price for music and will erode the value of music in our economy,” the music rights organization SoundExchange said in a statement. SoundExchange had asked for an increase to 25 cents for every 100 songs, while Pandora sought a lower rate of 11 cents.