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.
October 19, 2015IM -
The ugly side of Uber revealed its ugly head. Ads on the side of New York City MTA buses promise that drivers who leave their current taxi jobs will earn $60,000 per year with Uber. The spin is that with Uber drivers will own their own existing vehicles. However, over the summer, it was revealed that the company’s scheme included locking drivers into high-interest, high-payment car leases. What were basically unaffordable subprime loans—for example, $1,000 monthly payments at 22.75% interest—locked drivers into Uber. Under scrutiny, Uber’s subprime financing relationship ended, but not before many drivers were sucked in.