AFM members step up efforts to secure a fair contract, gain parity, and end structural racism. Today, the musicians who perform and make music for television shows such as the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Dancing with the Stars, and Jimmy Kimmel Live! delivered a letter to the entertainment industry’s major television networks demanding fair wages, […]
This Labor Day weekend, whether you’re at a barbecue, a picnic or a parade, let your friends and family know: Unions make us stronger. Nearly four months ago, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the HEROES Act, a comprehensive COVID-19 relief bill that would provide extended unemployment insurance benefits, hazard pay, an emergency infectious disease […]
Creative professionals and musicians continue to experience extreme, sustained financial losses and need increased federal COVID-19 economic relief. The nearly 12 million workers employed by the industry were the first to lose work, and will likely be the last to return. Since March 2020: 95% of live events have been cancelled due to COVID-19. 96% […]
The International Executive Board of the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada (AFM) has announced its endorsement of Joe Biden for president in the 2020 election. In announcing the union’s endorsement, AFM International President Raymond M. Hair, Jr. issued the following statement: “For musicians who are concerned about providing for themselves and […]
After a month and a half of the HEROES Act sitting untouched in Mitch McConnell’s lap, the Senate majority leader has finally proposed his own woefully inadequate proposal. Mitch McConnell’s proposal does NOTHING for America’s workers. In fact, it offers: $0 for the Postal Service ✉️ $0 for state and local governments ️ $0 for hazard […]
This would help musicians who earn a mix of W-2 & 1099 income to fully access the unemployment assistance provided in the CARES Act.
Scholarships are available for musicians’ children who are are pursuing post-high school education. Applicants do not need to be studying for a music-related degree.
We are fighting to ensure that musicians are treated fairly in trade agreements.
Black Lives Matter. We will not sit on the sidelines and be silent. We add our voice to the growing worldwide chorus against racism in all forms. Enough is enough.
AFM joined with other unions & organizations in calling on Congress to reform assistance programs to better meet the needs of musicians who often work gig to gig,