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.
June 12, 2017IM -
This week trumpet player and Local 47 (Los Angeles, CA) member Roy Wiegand will put his strong lungs to good use. On June 14, the ultra long distance runner will lace up his shoes to run more than 100 miles (four marathons) for the Michael Hoefflin Foundation (MHF) for children’s cancer. Many Los Angeles area musicians plan to join him for sections of the 30-plus hour run that will take him from Market Place Park in Santa Clarita to Westfield Valencia Town Center Drive.
This is Wiegand’s eighth solo charity run. This year’s he run is in memory of 12-year-old Christopher Wilke who died of cancer in 2014. A family friend, Wilke was in Boy Scouts with Wiegand’s son. “These ultra runs turn something I love to do, into something much bigger than a personal goal,” says Wiegand. “It’s the children who inspire me.”
The MHF is a nonprofit organization that assists children diagnosed with cancer and their families. The aim of MHF is to ensure families have what they need so that their child can concentrate on getting well. Visit MHF.org or RoysRun2017.kintera.org to learn more about Roy’s Run and make a donation.