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.
May 29, 2020IM -
The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, which announced the layoffs of its musicians on April 1, was able to rescind those layoffs just two weeks later. The symphony now expects to maintain employment for both its musicians and staff, paying 75% of normal wages, at least through June. The reversal is thanks in part to the Canadian Emergency Wage Subsidy Program.
Virtual performances of Beethoven’s Fifth and Sixth Symphonies were a great success, and the orchestra is now exploring more ways to engage audiences through virtual offerings.
Vancouver Symphony Orchestra musicians are members of Local 145 (Vancouver, BC).