Local 802’s Resource Center guides members to access entrepreneurship opportunities and social services through curated links and information.
NYSBDC provides entrepreneurs with FREE business counseling, training, and business research.
NYPL SIBL – the New York Public Library of Science, Industry and Business offers events and business seminars.
BPL Business & Career Services – Visit the new Career Center on the Central Library at 10 Grand Army Plaza (2nd floor), to find books, eResources, assistance and more.
The BOC is a micro-enterprise/small business development organization with over a decade-long record of delivering customized business services to under-served entrepreneurs in New York City.
WBC – the BOC Women’s Business Center offers business training, one-on-one counseling and financing resources to help women entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses.
SCORE provides free and confidential business resource services to entrepreneurs. SCORE’s website offers free live and recorded webinars & interactive courses on demand on small business topics. There are 300 chapters nationwide which also host in-person events.
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) helps small business owners and entrepreneurs pursue the American dream. The SBA is the only cabinet-level federal agency fully dedicated to small business. SBA provides counseling, capital, and contracting expertise as the nation’s go-to resource and voice for small businesses.
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NAWBO Institute for Entrepreneurial Development, a 501(c)3 non-profit educational foundation provides opportunities for capacity building and organizational development for emerging and established women entrepreneurs.
Women’s Venture Fund is a nonprofit organization that helps women to establish thriving businesses. Located at 50 Broadway, 29th floor, NYC.
The NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS) helps unlock economic potential and create economic security for all New Yorkers. Connecting New Yorkers to good jobs, creating stronger businesses, and building thriving neighborhoods across the five boroughs.
The New York-based Foundation Center (CANDID), offers events, classes, and other resources. Candid provides knowledge-building tools, all available to you at no charge. Visit Candid New York during their hours of operation—Tuesday through Thursday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
NYC Financial Empowerment Centers provide FREE one-on-one professional, financial counseling. Reduce your debt, understand your student loans, strengthen your credit score, start saving, balance a budget, separate personal and business finances, and much more.
The NYC Small Business Support Center offers easy access to services from multiple agencies to help businesses start, operate, and grow.
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New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) is a nonprofit service organization that empowers working artists and emerging arts organizations across all disciplines at critical stages in their creative lives and professional/organizational development.
NYFA Arts Business Incubator (ABI) Program provides a small cohort of NYC-based arts startups with 18 months of custom-tailored, formalized support from NYFA’s knowledgeable staff and network of experts. Learn to apply business principles to the growth and sustainability of your career.
The “Artist as Entrepreneur” Boot Camp teaches fundamental principles of sustainability and profitability in the arts: finance, law, marketing, and fundraising through a blend of formal lectures, breakout groups, and one-on-one meetings.
NYFA “Business Models” helps you design a business to survive and grow. Plans consists of two parts: (1) your product (and the work that goes into its production) and (2) identifying and building your audience, getting your art out in the world, and making sales.
America’s SBDC represents America’s nationwide network of Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) – the most comprehensive small business assistance network in the United States and its territories. Get FREE business consulting and at-cost training.
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Element 46 provides programming, mentoring and free workspace. Entrepreneurs will be situated in one of a thriving co-working space in urban centers within Westchester, embedded in an existing start-up community.
The Creative Entrepreneur Project equips performing artists and entertainment professionals with resources to successfully navigate the entrepreneurial journey and increase their income and independence through business ownership.
The NYC Small Business Support Center offers easy access to services from multiple agencies to help businesses start, operate, and grow.
NYC Start Up Step-by-Step. Get a customized list of requirements for your business. Answer the questions on the to get a list of the City, State, and Federal licenses and permits you need, as well as additional information.
NYC Business Start Up Quick Guide. What’s required to do business in New York City? Select your business type for a summary of key steps for meeting government regulations when starting your business.
Business Library Start Up Workshops. Each workshop will be offered three times at the Business Library (SIBL) – located at 188 Madison Avenue @34th Street. Note: The workshop schedule is subject to change. Please check back for updates.
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The NY Foundation for the Arts Immigrant Artist Program (IAP), serves a community of artists with diverse backgrounds who share the experience of immigration. IAP pairs emerging foreign-born artists with artists who have received a NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship and/or past participants of the program.
SCORE small business mentoring is offered through the national nonprofit, Service Corps of Retired Entrepreneurs (SCORE). The program is free and matches business owners with volunteer mentors. There are thousands of mentors nationwide, making it possible to find an experienced mentor whose expertise matches your business needs.
The New York State SBDC offers free business consulting to any New Yorker hoping to start or grow a small business. The SBDC also offers a host of programs designed for specific groups of entrepreneurs.
NYFA Coaching sessions are customized to your needs, either in-person, or remotely. Services include personalized feedback, recommendations, and guidance to artists.
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802 members are entitled to free legal advice and, in some instances, representation. If you have legal questions, contact Harvey Mars, counsel to Local 802.
Contact information: https://www.harveymarsattorney.com/contact-us/
Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts is the leading legal aid and education organization dedicated to New York artists and its arts and cultural organizations. VLA serves the artistic community’s need for legal services by providing access to free or low fee legal services. Qualifying artists can request legal assistance on all arts-related legal matters.
Contact 212-319-2787, ext.1 or submit online application:
VLA provides industry specific classes and workshops to more than 5,000 participants annually. View Course Calendar
Our Department of Education offers a wide variety of discipline-specific and general educational programs, both at its office and privately on location for law firms and art, cultural and service organizations.
To suggest a topic or to request for VLA to present educational programming to your constituents, members or employees, please contact us at email@example.com or call 212.319.2787, ext. 12.
Financial aid is available for qualified individuals. Please note that your application does not guarantee a full or partial scholarship. Some classes are exempt.
To apply for a scholarship, applicants must provide VLA with a letter explaining which financial bracket they fall under and which class and date they would like to register.
Financial Brackets Guidelines
Unemployed (no income): 75% scholarship
Income up to $35,000: 50% scholarship
Income $35,000 to $50,000: 25% scholarship
Income over $50,000: No Discount
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The Music Performance Trust Fund brings free, live, professional music programs to multiple types of communities through large-scale festivals and park concerts, educational activities, teacher training and assemblies in schools; intimate assisted living facility and senior center events; and more.
The easiest way to apply for a grant is to seek the assistance of the AFM Local in your geographic area. Use the Local Office Locator.
Anne Walker Scholarship Fund are awarded to members of Local 802 and their children who are pursuing studies in music.
Applications must be postmarked no later than May 1. The amount of the awards depend upon the number of grants awarded. (Historically, each award has been in the range of $500 to $1,000.)
For more information, contact the office of the recording vice president at (212) 245-4802, ext. 111.
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NYFA provides over $2 million in cash grants every year to individuals pursuing artistic excellence in all forms.
NYFA provides unrestricted grants of $7,000 to New York-based artists through NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowships. The funds can be used in any manner the artists deem necessary to further their careers. The 2022 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship Categories include Music/Sound.
The NYC Women’s Fund for Media, Music and Theatre provides grants to encourage and support the creation of digital, film, music, television, and live theatre content that reflects the voices and perspectives of all who identify as women. NYC MOME initiative provides finishing funds for film, television, and digital projects; funds for the creation of music recordings or videos; and production funds for live theatre.
GrantSpace offers training focused on Fundraising, Organizational Sustainability, and Leadership/Management. Learning opportunities are designed to develop skills, practices, and behaviors which best prepare individuals for success.
GrantWatch – Find Nonprofit and Individual Grants.Grant Watch has a wide array of grants for individuals representing the diverse population of the USA. Serving teachers, students, homeowners, veterans, minorities, Native Americans, new immigrants, American Citizens.
GrantNews is the premier newspaper for nonprofit and business leaders. GrantsNews.com/arts serves nonprofits, government agencies, grant recipients, individuals, small businesses, funders, nonprofit and small business industry leaders writers.
Learn about available SBA grants and cooperative agreements and find out if you meet the requirements to apply.
New Music USA fosters connections, encourages appreciation, and provides financial support for new music created in the United States
The Ditson Fund, established in 1945, funds of performances and recordings of music by emerging American composers. Having awarded over 2,000 grants starting in 1940, the Ditson Fund plays an important role in support of contemporary American music.
The Frank Beebe Fund provides fellowships for gifted young musicians, performers and composers in classical disciplines, who wish to pursue advanced music study and performance abroad, usually in Europe.
ACM Lifting Lives is the philanthropic arm of the Academy of Country Music dedicated to improving lives through the power of music. Lifting Lives funds programs that promote healing through the power of music. Only 501(c)(3) entities are eligible.
Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation provides opportunities for artists to explore and create, assists with audience building, and provides support services for career development.
NewYorkMusicians.com – Create your own Local 802 Musician profile page! Use the NYMusicians Quick Start Form to create your online profile. Please see quick start form for content requirements. FREE for active status Local 802 members.
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The New York SBDC provides customized solutions through advisement, education, research and advocacy for Entrepreneurs, Innovators and the Small & Medium Enterprise community.
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NYC’s Department of Small Business Services. SBS offers free in-person courses on entrepreneurship at locations across New York City. Courses are available in Business Planning and Operations, Finance, Marketing, Selling to Government, Live Webinars.
SCORE offers free live and recorded webinars & interactive courses on demand on small business topics.
The SBA offers a variety of online courses to help you start and run your business.
NYSSBDC‘s Entrepreneurial Training Course – Entreskills. This is a self-paced online course in entrepreneurial education, which can be used to start a business, grow a business, and to write a business plan.
NYC Small Business Services (SBS) partners with Coursera to offer free online classes. Programs include: Building Your Own Business, Operating and Financing Your Business, Mastering Marketing & Sales, Managing & Leading People, Achieving Your Growth Potential.
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Local 802 takes incidents of sexual harassment, bullying, and discrimination extremely seriously. Employers have responsibilities under both Title VII and their CBA’s (collective bargaining agreements) to provide safe workplaces for all workers.
New York City’s newly enacted the “Stop Sexual Harassment in NYC” Act imposes additional requirements on top of the New York State laws. Most notably, employers must conduct annual sexual harassment training and display an anti-sexual harassment poster in common areas of the workplace.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is responsible for enforcing federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person’s race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information.
It is also illegal to discriminate against a person because the person complained about discrimination, filed a charge of discrimination, or participated in an employment discrimination investigation or lawsuit.
Most employers with at least 15 employees are covered by EEOC laws (20 employees in age discrimination cases). Most labor unions and employment agencies are also covered.
The laws apply to all types of work situations, including hiring, firing, promotions, harassment, training, wages, and benefits.
Learn about the various types of discrimination prohibited by the laws enforced by EEOC. Provides links to the relevant laws, regulations and policy guidance, and also fact sheets, Q&As, best practices, and other information.
Local 802 provides a communication platform that includes a phone hotline, mobile app, and web app to report any incidents of sexual harassment, bullying, or discrimination. All three reporting options operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
These new procedures allow musicians to safely, comfortably, and effectively report and address sexual harassment, bullying, and discrimination in the workplace anonymously – promoting confidentiality and safeguards against retaliation.
✓ Demand that employers provide a safe workplace for Local 802 members
✓ Help members access their employer’s harassment policy
✓ Take action if employers fail to conduct full and fair investigations
✓ Help members navigate their options
✓ Help members navigate the reporting and investigative processes
✓ Protect members from potential retaliation or reprisals
✓ Help keep the employer accountable
X Intervene in situations where a member doesn’t want us to be involved
X Take action to implement a specific remedy
X Take over the Employer’s responsibility to investigate and remedy harassment
With each reporting option, members have the option to report anonymously. However, by providing their name, the union can respond directly to the individual and provide concentrated support and resources.
1. Telephone Hotline (24/7)
a. Make a report through Local 802’s hotline at (646) 971-0604
b. When connected with intake personnel, state that you are an “802 member”
c. Provide information to trained WeTip report intake personnel.
d. The hotline number can also be accessed via the mobile app and web app under the “Get Help” resource heading
2. Mobile Device (24/7)
a. With the STOPit mobile app, you can report incidents to Local 802, which may include text and photos or video.
b. You can also use STOPit Messenger, which provides for two-way anonymous communication between you and Local 802. With STOPit Messenger, Local 802 can respond to your report to ask questions, and you are able to provide more information, while remaining completely anonymous.
c. Download STOPit for free through the App Store or Google Play.
d. Begin a report by entering the access code “802member” when prompted (code is not case-sensitive)
3. Online Web App (24/7)
a. Go to the STOPit reporting website at https://appweb.stopitsolutions.com/login
b. Begin a report by entering the access code “802member” when prompted (code is not case-sensitive)
c. Use the “Report” heading to submit an incident
After a report is made using the hotline or either of the STOPit apps, a notice will be sent to Local 802’s trained harassment reporting liaison. The liaison will acknowledge receipt of the report within 1-2 business days and work with the appropriate business representative(s) to take action.
A copy of Local 802’s Sexual Harassment, Bullying, Discrimination, and Emergency Response and Reporting Procedure is available for reference on the Member Docs page of the online member portal. This info is also available here.
The Musicians’ Emergency Relief Fund, provides Local 802’s 6,000+ professional musician members with reliable assistance in times of dire need. Assistance is available for crisis due to catastrophic illness, loss of work and financial hardship.
Through the ERF, hundreds of musicians a year are helped by New York State licensed social workers who provide confidential social services and monetary grants to qualifying members and their families through the ERF’s Musicians’ Assistance Program (MAP) under the auspices of The Actors Fund.
The Musicians’ Assistance Program (MAP) provides support so that Local 802 members can perform with the highest artistry and productivity, while minimizing any interruption to their work.
This service is provided by Local 802 for its members and their families and is administered and professionally staffed by The Actors Fund. All of MAP’s services are strictly confidential and are free of charge.
Short Term Counseling and Support/Referrals for:
Community Resource Referrals for:
All referrals take into account insurance benefits and any financial constraints.
All members of Local 802 and their families are eligible to receive these services.
The Mercedes Club, located at 550 West 54th Street, is please to partner with the Associated Musicians of Greater New York, American Federation of Musicians Local 802 and offer the following benefits to all of its Members.
Membership includes over 70 weekly group exercise classes, co-working WIFI lounge, state-of-the-art fitness equipment, amenities, and more.
For more information and to schedule a trial visit please contact:
Domonique Carter (c) 917.847.4122 (p) 212.265.1111
Must be 18+. Local 802 ID required. Annual commitment required.
New York Sports Clubs – Corporate Prices available for 802 members.
Pricing: subject to change
Contact: Dirk Burrows, Sales Manager
ph: 212-665-0009 cell: 646-543-8924
Union Privilege is a nonprofit organization founded by the AFL-CIO in 1986 to provide excellent consumer Union Plus benefit programs exclusively to union members (current and retired) and their families.
Call toll-free (800) 762-3444 x 243 to speak directly with an AFM membership representative.
As a collective unit, musicians not only have a strong voice in collective bargaining and government lobbying, but anywhere that musicians’ work.
You are the union; what do you want it to do?
As a member, you have a voice in deciding our collective future.
Free monthly subscription to the AFM magazine, the International Musician, featuring vital news of the AFM’s internal affairs, audition notices, legislation affecting musicians, labor and industry news, career advice, and spotlights on AFM members.
The American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada (AFM) has been recognized by both United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) as an authorized petitioner for temporary work permits on behalf of AFM member musicians.
Canadian members who wish to work in the United States may be eligible for a ‘Class P2’ non-immigrant work permit, and United States members who wish to work in Canada may be eligible for an ‘IMM-1102’ Permit.
If you use certain AFM agreements, we can defend you against an employer refusing to pay you for a gig. In addition, with “AFM paper” you can get paid fairly and earn a pension for live performances, plus recordings in TV, film, radio, commercials and video games.
AFM’s GoPro Hosting offers AFM members web hosting, domain registration and great technical support for as low as $30.95 a year.
If your recording is on an AFM recording agreement, you can sell it on GoPro Tunes. There are no start-up costs and you retain all revenues except credit card processing fees. Submit your recording by signing up here.
Emergency Travel Assistance (toll-free)
United States—1 (800) ROADGIG (762-3444)
Canada—1 (800) INFOFED (463-6333)
These agents are signatories to the AFM’s Booking Agent Agreement which sets standards for legally enforceable contracts specifying negotiated fees, working conditions, and commissions. You can search for agents in your area here.
The world’s largest sponsor of free, live, professional musical programs. Ask your Local for more information about this program.
Negotiated agreements between musicians and their employers, usually known as Collective Bargaining Agreements (CBAs), are invaluable in providing musicians with fair wages, benefits, job security and a voice in the workplace. The AFM is committed to organizing musicians to achieve union recognition and work under CBAs.
The Sound Recording Special Payments Fund (SRSPF) provides yearly payments to musicians, based on a share of recording industry profits. Musicians employed under the Sound Recording Labor Act (SRLA) qualify for these residual wages. More information is available here.
The Film Musicians Secondary Markets Fund collects residual wage payments on AFM covered motion pictures or Television Films as a result of the exhibition of those motion pictures (including television films) in ancillary markets such as DVD, videocassettes, pay TV, etc., and distributes those payments annually to the musicians who perform on those pictures.
The Lester Petrillo Fund is a charitable trust fund that provides modest financial assistance to disabled members. To apply, contact your Local.
Through grassroots and congressional outreach efforts, the AFM has a strong voice on Capitol Hill and in Parliament. The AFM champions musicians’ interests in media consolidation, copyright law, arts funding, piracy, airline carry-on rules, health care, labor, and continues the fight for a performance royalty on U.S. broadcast radio.
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Why Do I Need Liability Coverage?
Many facilities now require musicians to provide their own liability insurance when performing on site. This may leave you doing research to find an insurance company that offers “special events coverage” which may also cost more. The AFM offers you an economical and convenient solution:
Who is Eligible to Apply for This Coverage?
All AFM Members in good standing with the Association including those who operate as Independent Contractors, Clubs, Chapters and State Affiliates in all states. This includes individual and group musicians.
What is the minimum premium?
Due to the AFM group buying power, this valuable coverage is available for a minimum premium of only $250.00. The individual members’ premium is based on the state of domicile and gross annual receipts.
The AFM Equipment Protection Program gives you the coverage you need and has a low deductible of $100 per claim.
Who is Eligible?
All AFM members in good standing.
Will the Plan Cover My Specialized Equipment?
Coverage is designed to cover a wide range of musical equipment and music related computer equipment: instruments, computers, audio equipment, cases, sheet music, stands, cables.
Members are eligible for special savings on auto and home insurance. SnapQuote® offers a new tool for finding the right coverage, at the right price, from the right carrier.
Including access to4 free powerful tools:
LTC FundingSM, LTC NavigationSM, LTC CareAuditSM, LTC LegalSM
Provides up to $500,000 in benefits.
Under the Disability Income Plan, you can receive a monthly benefit that you select. With this benefit you can keep up better with your living expenses until you get back to work.
• Elect monthly benefits to suit your needs and lifestyle
• 24-hour protection – on or off the job – anywhere in the world
• Spouse may also apply for coverage
On-call 24/7 Emergency Medical & Travel Assistance. Just one call puts you in touch with (and pays for) critical medical and travel assistance services, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year — when you are 100 miles or more away from your home.
AssistPlus is not medical or travel insurance. AssistPlus provides you with access to valuable medical and travel assistance benefits that are not covered by your basic health or travel insurance plan.
Eligibility: AFM members and family are guaranteed acceptance. No medical exams, health history, or age restrictions.
Cost Starting at: Individual- $89/year ; Family- $99/year
Medical plans including individual, family and group health insurance to help meet your needs.
Click Learn More or Apply to access the secure HealthInsurance.com website for a no-obligation quote or to request customer service. If you prefer, you can contact a licensed insurance agent at 1-855-345-0538.
Affordable individual and family dental insurance benefits. Access affordable, quality dental insurance and discount protection.
Offering a variety of plans to cover dental needs from simple checkups to root canals and braces. Choose a plan with the benefits you need. An extensive database of dentists by location or specialty is available.
Short Term Medical Plan provides comprehensive, temporary medical coverage at a reasonable price. Select the coverage period that fits your situation.
Airlines are required to allow musicians to carry on instruments if there is room on the flight and instruments fit safely in overhead compartments or under seats.
For instruments too large for overhead compartments, you may be able to carry on these instruments if you book a seat as “seat baggage” or “cargo in passenger cabin.”
You do have a right to carry on your instrument if there is room and it fits safely, but staff are primarily concerned with safety and security—not your instrument.
If you encounter any issues:
If you have a problem flying with your instrument, please submit a complaint to the airline and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).
The DOT will most likely not respond to you, but it is critical that they are made aware of incidents so they may hold airlines accountable and possibly enhance regulations in the future.
Are you touring or using a booking agent? Do you need a letter of no objection for a visa application? AFM negotiates, administers, and enforces contract agreements for musicians touring with theatrical musicals such as “Book of Mormon,” “Wicked,” “The Lion King,” and “Phantom of the Opera.”
AFM negotiates contracts for the musicians who back up performers such as Barbra Streisand and Neil Diamond and for the musicians who perform with Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey circuses.
As the appropriate labor union for musicians, USCIS requires that you submit a letter of consultation from the AFM.
The AFM letter is based on all the evidence and information that you supply to us when your petition package is complete and ready to be sent to the USCIS service center.
We have issued our letters to such foreign musical groups such as “U2” from Ireland, “Bjork” from Scandinavia, and the Berlin Philharmonic when they come to perform in the United States.
We franchise booking agents who meet the highest standards of professional service.
Booking Agents work on commission to connect musicians with people who want to purchase their services. Through their contracts with purchasers, these agents agree that there will be no hidden costs or fees and no surprises in the amount of commission or in the services offered. AFM musicians contracted by the agency also adhere to the highest professional standards.
Our Booking Agent Directory is provided for musicians and anyone interested in hiring musicians. The AFM Booking Division is now providing two new services to our valued Signatory Agents.
Our first new benefit to AFM booking agents is totally free and could really increase your visibility to prospective clients. You will now be able to post bios, pictures, repertoire, and other promotional materials of AFM Bands that you represent on our GoPro Music Website. Point your browser to http://www.gopromusic.com to see how this service can work for you. There are certain conditions that will apply.
Also, the AFM is now offering domain name and web hosting service to our Signatory Booking Agents. Your present web design and functionality need not be altered. The only difference will be that you save money!
More information on our discounted membership rates is available at http://www.goprohosting.com.
**WARNING for Traveling Musicians – Issues With Instruments – Ban On Endangered Species: detailed information and guidelines. FOR MEMBERS ONLY.**
Finally, we provide you with useful information when flying with your instruments. If you are an AFM member please sign in or register on the AFM site for access to the Travel Tips.
A. The USCIS asks that you include a letter from an appropriate peer group or union (in this case the American Federation of Musicians) to establish that the artist or group who is traveling to this country meets the standard of being Internationally Renowned (in the case of O-1B and P-1B Visas) or Culturally Unique (in the case of P-3 Visas). P-2 Visas are issued for artists and entertainers performing under a reciprocal exchange program–for example, Canadian musicians coming to perform in the U.S.
Note: Our letter is based on the evidence and information supplied in your petition package. Letters will only be issued after reviewing your completed petition just before you send it to USCIS.
A. No—the AFM issues consultations on behalf of artists and groups in which instrumentalists make up least 50% of the personnel. Consultation letters for artists such as dancers, actors, stage managers, stage technicians, operatic singers, and writers are issued by other unions.
A. An O-1B Visa is for an individual artist of International Renown; that is, well known outside his or her home country. A P-1B is for a group that meets the same standard.
P-2 Visas are issued for Canadian artists/musicians entering the U.S. If you need assistance with a P-2 Visa, please contact our Canadian Office at 416.391.5161.
P-3 Visas are for groups which are Culturally Unique—for example, musicians who perform folk music of their home country.
A. We need the following information in order to issue a letter of consultation: A cover letter explaining who the musicians are, where they are from, and what qualifies them as Culturally Unique or Internationally Renowned.
A short questionnaire must be filled out and included with your cover letter.
For P-1 and P-3 visa requests please include a list of each musician and what instrument(s) they will play.
For P-1 Visa requests also include the length of time each member has been with the P-1 Group.
A copy of the USCIS form I-129.
Copies of any written contracts between the petitioner and the alien beneficiary, including what wages will be earned; or, if there is no written contract, a summary of the terms of the oral agreement under which the alien(s) will be employed.
A copy of the itinerary.
Support materials such as reviews, CD covers, programs, etc. which establishes the group or instrumental artist. Please note: Support materials must feature the instrumentalists—information on singers/actors/dancers only is NOT sufficient.
Your fax and telephone number.
Q. Ok. I don’t have an I-129 form—can you send that to me?
A. No—the AFM provides the consultation letter required by the USCIS but does not supply USCIS forms. If you have questions about the USCIS application process, you can access the USCIS on the web at:
Q. Does the AFM charge a fee for this service?
A. The AFM charges an administrative processing fee of $250.00 for each
“P-1B,” P-3,” and “O” consultation letter (please consult the Canadian office for fee information regarding “P-2” consultations).
The normal processing time for a non-expedited request is 5 to 10 business days.
For those wishing for a response within 2 business days (expedited service), the fee is $350.00 per consultation letter.
Corporate or cashiers’ checks or money orders should be made out to: AFM Immigration Processing.
We cannot accept personal checks for this fee.
American Federation of Musicians
1501 Broadway – Ninth floor
New York, NY 10036
Attn: Liz Blake
Mail in your materials well in advance.
If you have questions, please email: Elizabeth Blake at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Send copies, NOT originals of all materials, especially the I-129.
Include your corporate check, cashiers’ check or money order for the processing fee of $250.00 ($350.00 for expedited service) made out to “AFM Immigration Processing.”
When submitting support materials, be thorough but concise. If you are sending us more than 20 pages, you are probably giving us more information than we need.
Do not send actual CD’s. Copies of the CD cover booklet are sufficient.
Following these simple guidelines will allow us to provide the best possible service in processing your requests.
Thank you for your cooperation.
P2 Visa & IMM-1102 Information
The American Federation of Musicians of the United States (AFM) and Canada (CFM) has been recognized by both United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (U.S.C.I.S) and Citizenship and Immigration Canada (C.I.C) as an authorized petitioner for temporary work permits on behalf of AFM member musicians.
Canadian members who wish to work in the United States may be eligible for a ‘Class P2’ non-immigrant work permit, and United States members who wish to work in Canada may be eligible for an ‘IMM-1102’ Permit.
For more information, please contact:
(416) 391-5161 – phone
1-800-463-6333 – toll free
(416) 391-5165 – fax
email@example.com – e-mail
PREMIUM PROCESSING FEE INCREASE:
US Immigration increased their Premium Processing fee to $1,410 USD (from the prior fee of $1,225 USD). To apply for Premium Processing, you need to provide 2 separate money orders payable to “Department of Homeland Security” for $460 USD and $1,410 USD.
PROCESSING DELAY ALERT
Regular Processing: Submit your P2 package to CFM *at least 60 calendar days prior to first performance. *US Immigration reports a processing backlog for Regular Processing
Premium Processing: Submit your P2 package to CFM at least 30 days prior to first performance.
NOTE: When you submit a P2 application; you do so at your own risk.
AFM does not have control over the decisions U.S. Immigration makes on their processing times. Therefore, USCIS processing times may increase/decrease at any time, without notice.
The AFM’s suggested processing timelines are based on an internal weekly, observance of the average turnaround time from submission of application to receipt of approval. You can contact our office to confirm they haven’t drastically changed.
The American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada (AFM) is recognized by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) as an authorized petitioner for temporary work permits on behalf of AFM member musicians.
Therefore, Canadian members who wish to perform (work) in the United States may apply for non-immigrant work permits through AFM. The AFM provides the exact same level of service as immigration lawyers or visa service agents.
The AFM provides immigration consulting services to members and non-members alike. However, petitioning for P2 Work Permits is a member-specific service, processed by AFM’s Canadian Office on behalf of Canadian AFM members exclusively.
For most musical work in the United States, musicians require a Classification P2 Work Permit, or other non-immigrant permit (detailed below). For some unpaid work, musicians may be eligible to enter the U.S. under B1 status.
For specific information on what you will require and to download the application package, please see the links.
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P2 – Instructions for Completing a P2 Application
P2 – Checklist
P2 – Application Form (Parts 1 – 4)
P2 – Part 5 (Support Crew)
P2 – Part 6 (Single Performer)
P2 – Part 6 (2 or More Performers)
P2 – Tour Itinerary (Only Necessary When Performing at Multiple Venues)
P2 – Travel Engagement Contract (T2C FORM)
P2 – Information for Permanent Residents of Canada (NON-CITIZENS, formerly known as Landed Immigrants)
P2 – Replacement Musician Application
P2 – After your P2 is Approved
If you are not yet an AFM member, or if you just joined AFM specifically to obtain a P2, please contact:
Cathy Lee: firstname.lastname@example.org
416-391-5161 (toll free: 1 800 463-6333) ext. 231.
If you are an existing AFM member, please contact the P2 Department:
Jill Léger: email@example.com
416-391-5161 (toll free: 1 800 463-6333) ext. 222
Kaitlyn Vleming: firstname.lastname@example.org
416-391-5161 (toll free: 1 800 463-6333) ext. 234.
If you want to come to the AFM’s Toronto office to review your completed application with an Artist Immigration Administrator, please make an appointment with Jill or Kaitlyn in advance.
Otherwise, you are welcome to drop it off at the reception desk during office hours, or mail your P2 application package by courier or Xpresspost.
Beginning in May 2013, U.S. Customs and Border Protection will no longer issue paper I-94 cards at air and sea ports of entry. Instead, the traveler’s passport will be stamped with their Date of Entry, their visa classification and their Date of Exit (the date by which they must depart the United States). The I-94 information can then be accessed through an online portal and printed out.
Paper I-94 cards will still be issued at land ports of entry.
Entry/Performance in Canada
If it has been less than five years since a charge or conviction, persons will be deemed “criminally inadmissible” to Canada and a Temporary Resident Permit is required instead of filing for a work permit (LMO).
If the person has been:
Charged but not convicted: Temporary Resident Permit is NOT required.
Charged & Awaiting Trial – or – Warrant for Arrest: Temporary
Resident Permit is required, but may not be granted until AFTER the conclusion of the trial.
On Parole: Five years after the completion of the parole period, the person may apply for Rehabilitation (explained further below).
If the offence committed was DUI in most situations, especially when a minimum of five years has not elapsed, persons are not deemed admissible, meaning a Temporary Resident Permit is required. To be certain, especially when there has been more than one DUI charge or if the accident was very serious (i.e. causing severe injury/death) a Canadian Consulate should be contacted as early as possible to ensure the Temporary Resident Permit is not necessary.
Musicians crossing the border with instruments and gear are encouraged to apply for an ATA Carnet, a document which enables professionals to bring the tools of their trade across borders easily and without hassle, duties or border fees.
Learn more about ATA Carnets from the Canadian Chamber of Commerce: Canadian Chamber of Commerce – About the ATA Carnet
In the absence of a Carnet, please prepare a manifest (list) of all instruments and gear, including serial numbers and make/model of instruments. If your instrument was purchased outside of Canada, bring the original bill of sale or include the following information on the manifest: the city, state/province, and country where the instrument was purchased.
The AFM offers access to Emergency Medical Travel Insurance at preferred rates. Members under 55 may purchase an 18-day multi-trip annual plan for $90.00 CDN on a guaranteed-issue basis. This program is administered by CanAm Insurance in collaboration with HUB International. Coverage is underwritten by Manulife Financial. Please call (877) 292-0081 to make inquiries and to purchase a plan.
Canadians who are invited to showcase in the United States may not require a P2 visa/work permit and may qualify for a Business Class Visitor Visa instead (B-1 Visa).
For assistance in this determining B1 visa eligibility please contact:
Lily Kemeredin: email@example.com, 416-391-5161 (toll free: 1 800 463-6333) ext. 221 Fax: 416-391 5165
Download the B1 (Showcase) Application Packet
You are welcome to submit the B1 package by email to firstname.lastname@example.org at least 5 business days prior to entry date.
Musicians from Canada and abroad requiring union consultation for P1, P3 and, O1 permits must contact the AFM’s New York Office: 1 800 762 3444 ext. 231, or email George Fiddler (email@example.com) or Elizabeth Blake (firstname.lastname@example.org).
For information and assistance about performing in Canada, please contact:
Lily Kemeredin: email@example.com, 416-391-5161 (toll free: 1 800 463-6333) ext. 221
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