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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The 2024 Get Out the Vote Campaign: You Can Make a Difference

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The presidential primary season is almost finished. Now is the time to gather your family and friends, review and discuss congressional and presidential platforms, and most importantly, make plans to vote in this year’s fall presidential elections.

Candidate positions at both the executive and legislative levels of government, particularly on important issues such as increased federal funding for the performing arts, arts education, social security, taxes, reproductive rights, and civil and human rights, could not be in starker contrast.

In the May International Musician, the AFM International Executive Board made a compelling argument about why the board and the AFM, as an affiliated organized labor organization, should support the Joe Biden administration in its bid for re-election. The article pointed out myriad reasons for labor’s overall success and progress as a result of President Biden’s leadership in the past three and a half years.

For union creative professionals to maintain those achievements and build on that progress, it is imperative we work diligently with our brothers and sisters in the movement to help “get out the vote” (GOTV) for the November 2024 presidential election.

In addition to GOTV activities with your AFM local, AFM members are strongly encouraged to partner with their local AFL-CIO Central Labor Councils to participate in union-sponsored door knocking, leafleting, labor rallies, and phone banking campaigns.

You may also volunteer with your local county election office to serve as election judges, voter registration officials, poll watchers, election challengers, election observers, and election ballot counters.

With a little weekend volunteer service, you can make a considerable difference in the number of voters who make it to the polls and help protect the critical gains we’ve achieved.

The AFM President’s Office and Legislative-Political Office have asked for your help over the years. We thank you for answering our call. With all that is at risk in 2024, your union asks you once again to step up and help us continue to make a difference in and for the entire creative community and help to ensure the viability of the arts in America.

We look forward to you joining us again as we exercise our collective strength in the 2024 election. See you on the campaign trail.







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