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.
January 13, 2016IM -
In response to North Korea’s most recent nuclear bomb test, which it claimed was a hydrogen bomb, South Korea has amped up propaganda broadcasts aimed at the North. Aside from speech aimed at making North Korean soldiers doubt their regime, South Korea is blasting it’s own genre of music, k-pop. The music, popular in the South, but banned in the North, includes such groups as girl band Apink and boy band Big Bang. South Korean military claim the broadcasts from 11 sites along the border can be heard as far as 10 km (6.2 miles) into the North during the day, and up to 24 km (15 miles) across at night. The people of North Korea are only allowed to listen to government-controlled radio stations and television stations, though defectors have reported that South Korean popular music is frequently smuggled in on USB sticks and DVDs.