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 12, 2018IM -
The Society of Composers, Authors, and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN) has acquired the reproduction rights organization the Society for Reproduction Rights of Authors, Composers, and Publishers in Canada (SODRAC). The non-monetary deal, years in the making, will improve efficiencies and streamline operations.
Within the next six months to a year, SODRAC will cease to exist and its staff will move to the Montreal office of SOCAN. A new Reproduction Rights committee of the SOCAN board will be set up to include directors of SOCAN and SODRAC. For the first time, the Canadian music industry will have a single organization to license, track, and distribute royalties for both performing and mechanical rights. SODRAC currently has more than 9,000 members, while SOCAN has more than 150,000.