What the heck do unions have to do with music you ask? Potentially a lot. They can help session players find work and negotiate much better rates for those sessions. Unions offer collective bargaining power that gives individual musicians much more leverage and strength in numbers. The AFM, for example, offers the following: industry audition ads, free contracts, networking, pension, discounts, insurance, revenue collection, local job referral, job protection, expert support, gig opportunities, preferred rate credit cards, fund for disabled musicians, legal service discounts, legislative representation, and more (see site for details). Quite a spread, wouldn’t you say? LMA’s benefits are eqally impressive.
AFM (American Federation of Musicians)
LMA (London Musicians’ Association) Largest in the World with over 130,000 members across the globe.
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