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.
September 14, 2017IM -
Toronto’s Sheraton Cadwell Orchestras went out of business abruptly after a body-shaming email sent to a select group of singers went viral. The email stated that the orchestras would only work with “fit and slim” vocalists and those who follow their conservative dress guidelines. The message went on to say that instrumental musicians were not required to look physically fit and slim since they are “essentially background wallpaper.”
The Sheraton Orchestras Group operated 10 boutique orchestras that performed at weddings, galas, fundraisers, and corporate functions in Toronto. When the story went viral, many people shared negative past experiences working with the orchestras, including musicians who felt they were unfairly paid and exploited.