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AFM and AMPTP Announce Dates for Contract Negotiations

The American Federation of Musicians (AFM) and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television (AMPTP) have set contract negotiations for theatrical and television film work for January 22-31 (minus weekends) in Los Angeles. Negotiations for AFM’s Basic Theatrical Motion Picture and Basic Television Motion Picture Agreements will begin later than planned in part due to […]

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AFM Congratulates SAG-AFTRA on Agreement with AMPTP

The American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada (AFM) applauds the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) on reaching a tentative agreement with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP). The new three-year contract, which covers more than 160,000 actors and other performers, includes significant gains […]

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The American Federation of Musicians of the US and Canada grieves over the terrorism and violence that has shaken the Middle East and joins the world in mourning the loss of all innocent lives. As music community representatives, we are especially saddened by and appalled at the murder of over 250 attendees who had gathered […]

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AFM Stands with SAG-AFTRA

The AFM is extremely disappointed that the studios have walked away from negotiations with SAG-AFTRA. We feel the pain the AMPTP has caused for the members of SAG-AFTRA. Our members who make music for film, television, commercials, and sound recordings have also been largely excluded from the residuals from streaming projects that have been central to the demands […]

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Celebrate the Power of Unions this Labor Day

Labor Day is an occasion to honor and appreciate the tireless efforts and commitment of all laborers, including musicians. Although many of us think of the holiday as the unofficial end of summer, we should not forget its true significance—for generations, union members have been fighting to improve the lives of working people. This year, […]

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AFM Musicians Stand in Solidarity with SAG-AFTRA

The American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada fully supports SAG-AFTRA in its ongoing negotiations with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP). The AFM represents the musicians that create the scores for motion picture and theatrical television as well as all aspects of live and recorded music. The two […]

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AFM Elects New International Leadership

The 102nd Convention of the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada was held June 26 through June 29, 2023, at the Westgate Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. The theme “In Unity, There Is Strength” was reflected in the various discourse among the delegates and echoed by many guest speakers. International […]

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AFM Musicians Stand in Solidarity with WGA in Their Fight to Win a Fair Contract

The American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada has joined SAG-AFTRA, DGA, and IATSE in support of the Writers Guild of America and its ongoing negotiations for a new film and TV contract. “We support the writers represented by the Writers Guild of America West and the Writers Guild of America East in their […]

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AFM Opposes Proposed USCIS Visa Increases

The AFM strongly opposes increasing O & P Visa fees as proposed by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The USCIS is very short-sighted in its proposal, as imposing such increases will vastly limit international touring and arts collaborations. In a letter sent February 8, 2023 to Congressman Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member […]

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American Music Fairness Act: Battle Continues as Awareness, Support Grow

In early December, the American Music Fairness Act (AMFA), which would require AM/FM stations to pay performance royalties to featured artists, musicians, and vocalists for radio airplay, moved a step closer to passage as the House Judiciary Committee voted favorably to advance the bill. While the AMFA, ultimately, was not included in the final language […]

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