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  1. 1. The American Federation of Musicians 1896-Present
  2. 2. What is AFM? <ul><li>AFM is a Federation of Musicians that: </li></ul><ul><li>Organizes Musicians </li></ul><ul><li>Bargains Contracts </li></ul><ul><li>Builds political power </li></ul><ul><li>Develops Leaders to reflect membership </li></ul><ul><li>And Builds coalitions and acts with other Organizations. </li></ul><ul><li>*Statements taken from The American Federation of Musicians Mission Statement* </li></ul>
  3. 3. AFM Through History! <ul><li>1896-The American Federation of Musicians was established by The American Federation of Labor. </li></ul><ul><li>1900-The American Federation of Musicians outreached into Canada as interest grew. </li></ul><ul><li>1912 - AFM made a donation to the widows and orphans of the musicians on the Titanic. </li></ul><ul><li>1946 - AFM celebrated its 50th Anniversary. </li></ul>
  4. 4. AFM through History! Pt.2 <ul><li>1951 - The Lester Petrillo Fund for Disabled Musicians was created by President James Petrillo in memory of his late son. </li></ul><ul><li>1978 - AFM opened its membership to military musicians. </li></ul><ul><li>1979 - AFM established a full-time international office in Toronto,Canada. </li></ul><ul><li>1996 - AFM celebrated its 100th anniversary! </li></ul>
  5. 5. Presidents of AFM <ul><li>Owen Miller </li></ul><ul><li>President of AFM from 1896-1900 </li></ul><ul><li>Secretary of AFM from 1912-1914 </li></ul><ul><li>Member of the MASL (Musicians Association of Saint Louis) </li></ul><ul><li>Interesting Information: </li></ul><ul><li>The Owen Miller Award (MASL Members): recognizes the recipient’s many years of loyalty, dedication, fellowship and fairness towards Local 2-197 and its members, as well as for action and deed by which the stature of all musicians everywhere is enhanced. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Presidents of AFM <ul><li>Joseph Webber 1900-1914 </li></ul><ul><li>Frank Carothers 1914-1915 </li></ul><ul><li>Joseph Webber Re-Elected 1915-1940 </li></ul><ul><li>James Petrillo 1940-1958 </li></ul><ul><li>Famous for passing legislation and bargaining for musicians </li></ul><ul><li>Herman Kenin 1958-1970 </li></ul><ul><li>Hal Davis 1970-1978 </li></ul><ul><li>Victor Fuentealba 1978-1987 </li></ul><ul><li>J. Martin Emerson 1987-1991 </li></ul><ul><li>Mark Massagli 1991-1995 </li></ul><ul><li>Steve Young 1995-2001 </li></ul><ul><li>Tom Lee 2001-Present </li></ul><ul><li>first President to have held all four elected officer position in the AFM </li></ul><ul><li>Executive Officer 4 years, </li></ul><ul><li>International Vice President 4 years, </li></ul><ul><li>Secretary-Treasurer 2 years and </li></ul><ul><li>President 9 years </li></ul>
  7. 7. Controversy, <ul><li>1918 - In the US, the AFM waged a campaign to prevent passage of the 18th Amendment, also known as the &quot;Prohibition Amendment.&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>To support the war effort, Congress adopted a 20% &quot;Cabaret Tax&quot; on admissions to various entertainment establishments. </li></ul><ul><li>Both prohibition and the cabaret tax decreased employment for musicians.  </li></ul>
  8. 8. Controversy, <ul><li>1922 - The AFM publicized its opposition to child labor. </li></ul><ul><li>Obviously controversial because </li></ul><ul><li>some families felt that income (child or not) </li></ul><ul><li>was income. </li></ul>
  9. 9. And MORE Controversy! <ul><li>PRIDE AT WORK </li></ul><ul><li>AFM is also a Union that supports LGBT or the Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Transgender community. </li></ul><ul><li>AFM also supports LGBT marriage, which has been looked down on by some. </li></ul>
  10. 10. AFM Member Perks. <ul><li>Insurance </li></ul><ul><li>Life </li></ul><ul><li>Instruments </li></ul><ul><li>Houses </li></ul><ul><li>Cars/Boats </li></ul><ul><li>Coverage </li></ul><ul><li>Death </li></ul><ul><li>Cancer </li></ul><ul><li>Disability </li></ul><ul><li>Points toward </li></ul><ul><li>Health Care </li></ul><ul><li>Retirement </li></ul>
  11. 11. More AFM Perks <ul><li>Referals </li></ul><ul><li>Licensed Agents </li></ul><ul><li>Bookkeepers </li></ul><ul><li>Negotiations for Members </li></ul><ul><li>Working Conditions </li></ul><ul><li>Wages </li></ul>
  12. 12. Perks for the young Musicians <ul><li>Some Advice From AFM on finding jobs </li></ul><ul><li>Move to a bigger town. </li></ul><ul><li>Teach. </li></ul><ul><li>Find jobs in music at a church. </li></ul><ul><li>Work as a single on a cruise ship. </li></ul><ul><li>Look for jingle work with some ad agencies. </li></ul><ul><li>Contact local retail keyboard stores and offer your services for concerts and promotions (maybe at scale plus a percentage of instruments sold). </li></ul><ul><li>Find a backer for a CD and promote it yourself, do your own PR getting airtime that could result in more visibility and better paying jobs in music. </li></ul><ul><li>Find out about various charity functions within a 50-mile radius, and get a sponsor to have you play for the cocktail party or any other part of the venue where music could be played. </li></ul><ul><li>Come up with a program about music through the years, and do high school assembly programs around the state. </li></ul><ul><li>Find out when corporate events are coming to town, find out who the meeting planners are, and suggest how you could add to the event </li></ul>
  13. 13. A Recommendation <ul><li>So…Originally I thought doing research on this would be boring and lame… </li></ul><ul><li>But I actually learned some stuff! </li></ul><ul><li>I recommend You all go to and read some things in the young musicians section, they talk about all sorts of interesting ways to “Make it Big” in music. </li></ul>
  14. 14. References <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  15. 15. Thank You !