While gig economy workers were largely left out of earlier COVID-19 packages, this legislation would extend benefits to those who rely on contract work or freelance jobs.
AFM joined with other unions in calling on lawmakers to pass emergency legislation to help arts, entertainment, & media workers
When considering funding assistance and relief for working people, Congress & other lawmakers should pay particular attention to those who work and perform in the entertainment industry.
AFM is calling for immediate action including expanding unemployment benefits and an immediate moratorium on evictions, foreclosures, & utility shut-offs.
Tell Congress that the U.S. shouldn’t be in the business of protecting Big Radio at the expense of working musicians
There’s nothing “local” about this resolution which actually secures a decades-old, unnecessary government subsidy for a multi-billion-dollar industry that refuses to pay musicians for their hard work
“Working musicians in all 50 states rely on NEA support for orchestras, festivals and theaters—and any proposal to eliminate the NEA is completely unacceptable. We are calling on Congress to protect and preserve funding for the arts.”
AFM International President Ray Hair sent a letter urging members of Congress to support the PRO Act—the most significant effort to expand the rights of working people to organize since the Great Depression.
The Washington D.C. Local 161-710 member discusses his dream job as the National Symphony Orchestra’s principal timpanist and how being part of a strong union is vital to his career.
Musicians voted to approve a new contract that includes many significant improvements, including for the first time—screen credits for musicians.