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.
February 1, 2014IM -
A group of Rhode Island union women, among them teachers and nurses, were shocked when local DJ John DePetro resorted to calling them names in reference to an on-air protest. Rhode Island working families and union members are now pressuring WPRO radio to end DePetro’s broadcast and get the show’s sponsor, national jewelry manufacturer Alex and Ani to cease advertising. Rhode Island Federation of Teachers and Health Professionals Secretary-Treasurer Maureen Martin said: “There is no room in Rhode Island radio, or any radio, for hateful speech that denigrates women. If we ignore DePetro’s remarks, we’re saying it’s okay to talk about women like this, and it’s not.” Show your support at www.forourdaughtersri.org.