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 AFM works hard with its partners in the National Musical Instrument Carry-On and Ivory coalitions to make air travel easier for you and safer for your instrument. New rules and more specific guidelines negotiated over the past few years with the airlines, US Department of Transportation (DOT), US Fish and Wildlife Service, Customs, and other agencies have made vast improvements and reduced unexpected surprises when traveling by air. Safe instrument travel begins with careful planning long before you board the plane. Here are some tips to make flying with your instrument more carefree.
If you experience problems that are counter to an airline’s posted policies you are encouraged to file a complaint “first” with the airline (www.tranportation.gov/airconsumer/airline-consumer-contacts). If the airline’s response is still contrary to its posted policy, write a compliant to the US Department of Transportation (www.transportation.gov/airconsumer/file-consumer-complaint). The DOT monitors complaints for patterns or egregious cases that warrant actions to hold airlines to laws and regulations.
For more tips on traveling with your instrument, download the Guide to Flying with Musical Instruments
PDF at: www.afm.org/departments/legislative-office/instruments-as-carry-on.