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.
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Lee Ritenour Local 47 (Los Angeles) is currently running his Six String Theory Competition. Ritenour’s Six String Theory is a global, non-profit music competition in guitar, bass, piano/keys and drums offering winners professional opportunities in performing, recording, Berklee College of Music scholarships, Yamaha instruments and more.
Along with Berklee, Yamaha, Monster, Montreux Jazz Festival and Blue Note Tokyo and others, the total prize package is worth over $600,000 including Berklee College of Music scholarships and performing at an event at this summer’s Montreux Jazz Festival.
Applicants can play guitar, bass, piano/keyboards or drums and must submit two YouTube videos of themselves playing. The 2014 competition registration is now open through May 15, 2014. For more information go to www.sixstringtheory.com.
You can also check out our Musician’s Profile on Lee Ritenour here.