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.
August 1, 2018IM -
In June, Spokane Symphony management and its musicians, members of Local 105 (Spokane, WA), ratified a new three-year contract. The negotiations were conducted with a sense of shared purpose and the goal of attracting and retaining talented and capable orchestra members, while maintaining fiscal responsibility.
“Along with a cost of living increase, we gained protections with the addition of Family Medical Leave Act language to our contract, added a new process that addresses air quality at outdoor concerts, and now have scheduling language that will help our musicians balance their multiple jobs so that it is more possible for them to be able to make a decent, living income,” says Local 105 Secretary-Treasurer Rachel Dorfman.