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.
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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 16, 2015IM -
One of Igor Stravinsky’s early orchestral works thought to be irretrievably lost was recently discovered. He composed the 12-minute piece, Pogrebal’naya Pesnya (Funeral Song), in honor of his teacher Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, around June 1908. It was thought the work was most likely destroyed in the 1917 revolutions of civil war that followed, though Russian musicologists had hoped it could still be among the mass of uncataloged music in the archives of the St. Petersburg Philharmonic or the Conservatoire. Last autumn the entire Conservatoire had to be emptied in preparation for a long-delayed overhaul. Piles of previously hidden manuscripts emerged from behind rows of stacked piano and orchestral scores where they’d sat for decades. An alert librarian discovered the missing orchestral parts.