- American Federation of Musicians
United States, Canada
full_name= American Federation of Musicians
office= New York, NY
people= Tom Lee, president
website= [http://www.afm.org/ www.afm.org]
The American Federation of Musicians (AFM/AFofM) is a labor union of
professional musicians in the United Statesand Canada.
The American Federation of Musicians was founded in
1896, at which time it took over from an older and looser organization of local musicians unions, the "National League of Musicians".
Among the most famous actions by the AFM was a ban on all commercial recording by members in the 1942-43 and in 1948, in order to pressure record companies to make a better arrangement for paying royalties to recording artists. This was sometimes called the "Petrillo Ban", because
James Petrillowas the newly–elected head of the union.
Most recently the AFM has been involved in dealing with problems caused by virtual orchestras. Many producers are now trying to save money by eliminating live musicians and using this device. fact|date=December 2007
*1900-1914 Joseph Weber
*1915-1940 Joseph Weber
Herman D. Kenin
*1970-1978 Hal Davis
*1995-2001 Steve Young
*2001-Present Tom Lee
* [http://www.afm.org/ Official website]
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