American Federation of Musicians Local 443 – Oneonta, NY

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WHY JOIN THE AMERICAN FEDERATION OF MUSICIANS?

From a pension and insurance, to deals and discounts on top of world-class protection under contract negotiation, labor relations, and collective bargaining, you stand to benefit from AFM union membership far beyond what is available to most unaffiliated musicians, performers, recording artists, and music industry professionals.

Click here to learn more about United States AFM member benefits.

HOW TO JOIN IN 3 EASY STEPS

1. Go to AFM.org and go through the online membership application
-or- download the AFM Membership Application and mail to our Local 443 PO box

2. After receiving your application, the Local will contact you to discuss the application and AFM membership details

3. Enjoy the protection and benefits of working as an AFM musician!


OPTIONS IN JOINING A CONTINENTAL UNION

Where you join any national or international organization matters just as much as why you join. It may be for the community in which you live and work, it may be for financial reasons- just as people may have a different home base for tax purposes, or incorporate their freelance business to achieve cost savings. We don’t want to present ourselves as the “cheap” option, though if you are a local musician, or a student looking at a career in the musical arts, consider joining the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada right here in Oneonta. Our rural city, while just 3 hours from New York City, has cost savings for musicians based on our demographic area. Your membership is valid and you can work for any AFM gig at prevailing union wages while working under your dues card. Below is our costs of joining and maintaining your membership compared to NYC Local 802.

LOCAL 443- ONEONTA

Dues if Paid Annually: $111.00
Dues if Paid Quarterly: $27.75
Local 443 Initiation Fee (one-time): $20.00
Federation Initiation Fee (one-time): $65.00
TOTAL UPFRONT COST TO JOIN: $196.00


LOCAL 802- NEW YORK CITY

Dues if Paid Annually: $220.00
Dues if Paid Quarterly: $55.00
Local 802 Initiation Fee (one-time): $35.00
Federation Initiation Fee (one-time): $65.00
TOTAL UPFRONT COST TO JOIN: $320.00


COST SAVINGS FROM JOINING LOCALLY:
$124.00 + $109.00 EVERY year

Choose smartly. If you’re local to Oneonta, NY or in most parts of Otsego, Schoharie, Delaware, and Chenango Counties in Central New York State, Local 443 is the union for you– protecting you on the job in your hometown, communities across the Catskills and Leatherstocking regions of Upstate NY, and all across North America.

Join today and protect your music tomorrow.

MEMBERS ONLY AREA

We have installed a MEMBERS ONLY AREA on our website (on the top right menu on the main home page) that includes approved Executive Board Meeting Agendas and Minutes, as well as monthly Treasurer’s Reports.

In order to gain access to this material, you must click on the MEMBERS AREA menu heading; you will then be prompted to register with your name and email (must be the email we have on file for you); the web admin must manually approve your registration (so, please be patient…if you do not receive confirmation within a week, please contact me at afmlocal443@gmail.com); once your request has been approved, you will receive an email confirmation which will allow you to set up a personal password and give you access to the site material (we will not be aware of your password or personal information).