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 29, 2017IM -
Eleven video game publishers, including major players—Activision, Electronic Arts, Take 2 Interactive, and WB Games—remain under pressure from the Screen Actors Guild for their treatment of voice actors. Because of the long delay between conception and launch, the makers are beginning to see the effects of the strike. The four main concerns are: throat damage (having to scream for hours can cause permanent and temporary damage); dangerous stunts (required for motion capture; there is currently no stunt coordinator); mystery roles (actors want transparency as to what characters they are playing and complain of surprise roles and those requiring suggestive and offensive language); and residuals (video game actors currently receive no royalties from the billions in dollars of revenue the games earn).