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Freelance & Membership Development

The AFM has existed for over a hundred years by representing and serving musicians performing all types of music in all types of venues. The vast majority of our current members do not enjoy the benefits provided by a Local or Federation negotiated Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). Typically, they provide "freelance" musical services to multiple engagers/employers annually. In fact, each performing engagement may involve a different engager/employer.

Whether it be a young rock band from Seattle playing a one-niter in Boston, or a seasoned string quartet from Toronto providing the music for a local wedding service, the AFM is their music business partner. As such, the Freelance Services and Membership Development Divisions exists to:

  • Provide day-to-day information/support to Local Officers and members on a wide variety of freelance related topics.
  • Coordinate the establishment of Local-based Freelance Committees that will participate in the ongoing development and implementation of new Federation services and benefits.
  • Assist in the coordination of increased information meetings/seminars at the Local level in support of membership retention and recruitment. Assist in the development of concepts for new Federation materials and programs in support of these efforts.
  • Assist Locals to establish and/or improve their booking referral programs.
  • Provide direct assistance to potential new members.
  • Administer all aspects of the Federation's on-line live music referral service GoPro Music and its booking agency, AFM Entertainment
  • Administer all aspects of the Federation's on-line music instructor referral service GoPro Lessons
  • Administer all aspects of the Federation's web hosting and Domain Name registration services, GoPro Hosting
  • Maintain the AFM's venue rating website, Venuology. We created Venuology to help musicians share information about music venues — alerting them to clubs that don't treat musicians well, and also those that do. With this website, we hope musicians will have an easier time deciding where to perform — and as a result, that venues will feel more pressure to improve pay, sound quality or other problems.
  • Administer all aspects of the Federation's digital download store GoPro Tunes
  • Continue to develop and support The AFM Quartet Software Suite for Local's use.
  • Develop and maintain the AFM's Social Networking presence.
    AFM MySpace: www.myspace.com/afmorg
    AFM GoPro Music MySpace: www.myspace.com/GoProMusic
    AFM Facebook: www.facebook.com/afm.org
    AFM Twitter: www.twitter.com/MusiciansUnion
  • Develop and maintain the AFM’s remote video channels.
    AFM YouTube: www.youtube.com/MusiciansUnion
    AFM USTREAM: www.ustream.tv/channel/musiciansunion (Live streaming)
  • AFM LIVESTREAM: www.livestream.com/americanfederationofmusicians (Live Streaming)
  • Engage in the collection and study of historical and current freelance industry data.
  • Assist in the coordination of freelance specific organizing and collective action campaigns.
  • Work in consort with all other Federation departments.

For more information, please contact:

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Paul Sharpe
Paul Sharpe
- Director, Assistant to the President
Email: psharpe@afm.org
Skype Name: paul.sharpe

U.S. Contact
Phone: (212) 869-1330 X 240
Cell: (416) 414-9264
Toll Free: (800) 762-3444
Fax: (212) 764-6134

Canadian Contact
Phone: (416) 391-5161 X 228
Cell: (416) 414-9264
Toll Free: (800) 463-6333
Fax: (416) 391-5165

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Adrien Synnott
Adrien Synnott
- Recruitment Representative
Email: asynnott@afm.org
Skype Name: adrien.synnott

Contact
Phone: (212) 869-1330 X 243
Toll Free: (800) 762-3444
Fax: (212) 764-6134

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Kevin Penney
- AFM Entertainment Coordinator
Email: kpenney@afm.org
Skype Name: afm.entertainment

Contact
Phone: (416) 391-5161 X 238
Toll Free: (800) 463-6333
Fax: (416) 391-5165

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