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Useful AFM Legislative-Political Tools


Over the past two years, the AFM Office of Government Relations has developed new tools to help both local officers and our members navigate the many policy and political matters relevant to musicians. This month I would like to highlight these tools in an effort to make them easier to access. Each is available on our website for your use. I look forward to working with members, local officers, and conferences to help make more useful resources. I look forward to answering any questions you may have.

tempoThe AFM TEMPO Sourcebook

This is the union’s guide to the effective administration of our TEMPO Program. The manual can be found in the Document Library section of the AFM website in the Legislative Office folder. We strongly recommend AFM local officers, boards, regional and player conferences, and TEMPO coordinators review the content of this important guide and contact us if you have questions.




flying-guideThe AFM Guide to Flying with Musical Instruments

This new guide was created to address details relating to flying with musical instruments as carry-on baggage. It also covers the African elephant ivory regulations currently in place and recently promulgated by US Fish and Wildlife Service. AFM members can carry along this document for use as a resource when traveling. It can also be found in the Legislative Office folder of the Document Library.


Another Useful Tool

Elephant ivory guidance is accessible on the AFM homepage by searching “elephant.” This concise piece, titled “Traveling Musicians’ Warning About the Ban on Endangered Species,” gives detailed information about traveling with musical instruments containing CITES-related materials. It was created in cooperation with the AFM Office of Government Relations, the Symphonic Services Division, and the Touring, Theater, and Booking Division. Download this document and use it to help with international travel with instruments containing elephant ivory and other CITES-related materials.

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This piece was developed to serve as a convenient reference when musicians prepare to travel. It can also be displayed on AFM local office bulletin boards and distributed at local membership meetings. You can download a copy of this piece from the AFM webpage from the Document Library’s Legislative Office folder.

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