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 2, 2018IM -
In September, AFM International Executive Board Member and Local 802 (New York City) President Tino Gagliardi was honored by City & State as one of the 50 most powerful leaders in New York’s labor community. He, along with 50 other labor leaders, was honored at a September 6 reception at Battery Gardens.
Gagliardi was also profiled in a special commemorative magazine, which read in part: “The music industry is vital to New York City’s identity—and its economy—but many artists have been forced to leave in recent years as income from music industry jobs has fallen while the cost of living has steadily risen. Tino Gagliardi has advocated for the ability of musicians to make a fair living and protected live performance and recording industry standards. Local 802 has 7,500 members, many of whom perform on Broadway, work on late night television, or at a variety of clubs and venues across New York City.”