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.
February 1, 2019IM -
Furloughed government workers face increased difficulties as the longest government shutdown in US history continues. National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU) Attorney Gregory O’Duden is representing around 150,000 people, among the 400,000 who have been deemed “expected,” meaning they are required to work without pay. They wanted the law compelling them to work deemed unconstitutional. US District Judge Richard J. Leon denied the request for a restraining order that would compel the government to pay its employees or allow them to stay home, saying the shutdown is a “political problem.”
Approximately 800,000 government workers have been impacted by the shutdown. At this writing, most have already missed at least one pay check. Many are seeking assistance from food banks, filing for unemployment benefits, and taking second jobs. Some fear losing their homes, going into debt, and being unable to support their families.