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.
August 4, 2015IM -
Following last week’s announcement of a $2.5 billion VA hospital shortfall caused by a sharp increase in demand by veterans for healthcare, the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) urged Congress to transfer unused money from its Choice Card privatization program. The Choice program was the centerpiece of sweeping VA overhaul last year in response to a scandal over the long waits for medical care that veterans endured. Though the program launched last November made it easier for veterans to receive federally paid medical care from local doctors, it’s only been used by 3% of eligible veterans. Annually, nearly 9 million veterans annual receive medical services from the VA.
“The resources needed to meet the demands on our veterans care system are waiting to be utilized. Our nation’s heroes cannot afford for any more time to be wasted. Congress must act now and authorize the transfer of unused Choice Program funds to programs that will meet the immediate needs of our nation’s vets,” says AFGE National President J. David Cox Sr.