Local 802’s Resource Center guides members to access social services through curated links and information.
As the situation with Coronavirus (COVID-19) evolves, The Actors Fund is continually evaluating how they can best promote the health and safety of our community while still providing access to their services. The Fund values the opportunity to bring people together to learn and grow. But with everyone’s health and safety in mind, it’s become necessary for them to close their Los Angeles, New York and Chicago offices and temporarily transition their in-person program offerings to online and phone meetings only for the coming weeks.
You can visit their website at www.actorsfund.org/Workshops to sign up for online seminars on career enrichment, financial wellness, health insurance, affordable housing and more.
Call them for help of you need it at 212.221.7300 ext. 119
As the situation with Coronavirus (COVID-19) evolves, The Actors Fund is continually evaluating how we can best promote the health and safety of our community while still providing access to our services.
We value the opportunity to bring people together to learn and grow. But with everyone’s health and safety in mind, it’s become necessary to close our New York, Chicago and Los Angeles offices and temporarily transition our in-person program offerings to online and phone meetings only for the coming weeks.
March 16th – March 31st
Beginning Monday, The Career Center will be offering all workshops remotely via zoom for the remainder of the month. Zoom is an online video conferencing system that we will be using for our classes. You will need a computer with internet connectivity to participate (a headset or earphones with microphone are recommended, though not required).
We ask that you check the workshop calendar, and register for all workshops you’re interested in taking via EventBrite prior to attending. Registering for workshops will ensure the facilitator has your contact information to provide you with any instructions you’ll need regarding virtual workshop participation.
We hope you’re all staying safe! Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.
The Career Center
The Actors Fund offers a broad spectrum of programs to support all who work in entertainment and the performing arts. The Actors Fund assists everyone working in theater, film, television, radio, music, dance, opera and circus. Administered through offices in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, these services & programs help people across the country to solve problems and make positive changes in their lives.
Am I Eligible For Assistance?
Calendar of Workshops
Career Center Job Postings
Creative Entrepreneur Project
Finances & Managing Money
Health & Health Insurance
Social Services and Financial Assistance
The Actors Fund Home
Young Performers & Parenting Resources
The Actors Fund offers a calendar of workshops to support the needs of all who work in entertainment and the performing arts.
The Actor’s Fund provides a searchable list of online resources. This resources section is an ongoing collaborative effort to provide a one-stop database of services and organizations that meet the unique and essential needs of the arts and entertainment professional.
The Actors Fund Career Center offers a comprehensive suite of programs and services that help entertainment industry and performing arts professionals identify and find side work and discover new careers outside the industry.
Working professionals often need additional career opportunities to support the continuing pursuit of industry work. Through The Career Center, you can develop rewarding sideline careers like:
The Career Center is not an employment agency. They will not find you a job, but Career Center counselors, employment specialists and teaching staff will help you:
There is also some tuition assistance available for eligible clients who are seeking occupational short-term training or for those who are returning to school for a degree in order to change careers.
First Step – The Career Center Orientation
Orientation is the first step to enrolling in the services of The Career Center.
The Career Center addresses a central challenge for performing arts and entertainment professionals: navigating the episodic nature of work in the industry. For many, survival work—initiated to make ends meet—ends up draining the creative professional and becoming more of a problem than a solution.
This orientation will help you begin to take the necessary steps to identify meaningful work that complements your life in the entertainment business.
Orientation for The Career Center (NYC) is held every Monday, except national holidays, at 12 noon and some Monday evenings at 5 pm.
RSVP: via Eventbrite
Location: The Actors Fund, 729 7th Avenue, 10th floor, New York, NY 10019
Attendance rules: Please bring your card with you if you are a member of an entertainment union.
Contact Name: Rita Renner
Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact Phone: 917.281.5959
Recurrence: Every Monday except legal holidays
A member in good standing of any entertainment industry union, and others who have earned $6,500 in each of three of the last five years, or $5,000 in each of five of the last 10 years. For those who do not have earnings, 12 weeks of documented industry work can be substituted.
We provide assistance nationally. If you do not live in New York City or Los Angeles, we will work with you by phone and email. Please contact our regional office closest to you.
This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with the City Council.
The Blues Foundation mission is to preserve blues heritage, celebrate blues recording and performance, expand worldwide awareness of the blues, and ensure the future of this uniquely American art form.
The Blues Foundation established the HART Fund (Handy Artists Relief Trust) for Blues musicians and their families in financial need due to a broad range of health concerns. The Fund provides for acute, chronic and preventive medical and dental care as well as funeral and burial expenses. Throughout the year at various events the HART Fund provides free health screenings for musicians, with services including but not limited to checking blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, prostate cancer, Hep C, anemia, thyroid, kidney and liver testing via blood work.
Requests for funding should be made by contacting The Blues Foundation directly. Upon contacting the foundation, you will be asked to complete a short application form. A committee will then review your application to ensure that the individual qualifies and the request is for health-related financial needs.
To request funding please contact:
Elizabeth Montgomery Brown – (901) 527-2583 ext. 13 | email@example.com
The Haven Foundation offers interim financial assistance to freelance professionals in the arts who face crises. The Foundation’s reach is the United States, and its awards are granted with a view to helping individuals overcome temporary adversity and return to full-time work.
Please carefully read the Guidelines for Assistance before applying for a grant.
Jazz Foundation of America. The business of music is tough, and it’s only gotten tougher. Changes in the music industry have left many behind including underground legends, session players and even the big names themselves. When age, illness, or disaster threatens a long career, many have nowhere to turn. The Jazz Foundation’s lifesaving programs turn despair into hope.
Musicians who have made a living playing blues, jazz and roots music know they can call our office at any time or walk through our doors for help in solving an emergency. We average 30 individual musician emergency cases a day and approximately 9,000 assists every year. We prevent homelessness with housing assistance, keep artists healthy with pro bono medical care and provide financial support that keeps the lights on and food on the table.
Creating Work Opportunities
All any musician ever wants is that next gig. We create dignified paid work opportunities for artists to perform with free concerts at schools, hospitals, and nursing homes. Each year we produce almost 1,000 concerts in 17 states and reach more than 80,000 listeners from children in public schools to seniors in elder care facilities.
Max’s Kansas City Project provides emergency funding and resources to professionals in the creative arts who live in New York state. Individuals who have made their living through their art form, either professionally or personally, and demonstrate a financial need for medical aid, legal aid, or housing. The maximum grant is $1,000.
Recording Academy MusiCares provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need. MusiCares’ services and resources cover a wide range of financial, medical and personal emergencies, and each case is treated with integrity and confidentiality.
MusiCares Musicians Recovery Support Group for the New York Professional Community
Weekly support group providing a safe and confidential forum to explore the issues and challenges of staying clean and sober in the music industry. This is a drug free group open to musicians and music industry professionals. Individuals active in all stages of recovery are encouraged to join.
Tuesdays: 4pm – 5pm
244 East 55th Street
New York, NY 10022
(located at the Caron Foundation)
Questions? Call MusiCares at (212) 245-7840
Musicians Foundation provides aid that enables performers, educators, composers, and arrangers to continue pursuing their artistic process and vision.
Musicians Foundation is committed to the singular mission of providing critical and life-changing financial assistance to professionals in the music industry.
StateraArts directly serves marginalized populations working in the Arts sector, who self-identify as creators, educators, and administrators. StateraArts works to uplift, amplify, and advance women* and non-binary people in the Arts.
*Women: Statera recognizes the limiting nature of the binary use of woman. We serve and welcome anyone on the gender spectrum who identifies either always or some of the time as a woman. We also serve and welcome those who are non-binary, while recognizing that not all non-binary people identify with aspects of femininity.
Sweet Relief Musicians Fund provides financial assistance to all types of career musicians who are struggling to make ends meet while facing illness, disability, or age-related problems.
Sweet Relief helps musicians with medical and living expenses including insurance premiums, prescriptions, medical treatment and operative procedures, housing costs, food costs, utilities and other basic necessities.
Grants typically range from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars per qualifying individual.
WomenArts is dedicated to increasing the visibility of women artists in all art forms. We share news about trailblazing women artists and gender parity activists all year long through the WomenArts Blog and our Facebook page.
WomenArts (incorporated as The Fund for Women Artists) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) arts service organization dedicated to helping women artists get the resources they need to do their creative work.
Membership in Local 802 affords you a number of concrete benefits, intended to make your life as a working musician a little easier.
Local 802 Musicians Health Fund: Every time you work a union gig, your employer contributes to the Local 802 Musicians Health Fund on your behalf. If a certain amount of contributions are made on your behalf during a six-month Contribution Period, you will be eligible for health coverage during the corresponding six-month Coverage Period.
AFM Pension Fund: Every time you work a union gig, your employer contributes to the American Federation of Musicians and Employers’ Pension Fund on your behalf. The Fund allows musicians to accumulate individual pension credits throughout their careers and secure a financially sustainable retirement.
Rehearsal Space Rental: Access to rehearsal space rental at Local 802 at reduced rates (ranging from $10/hour to $70/hour depending on the day and time.) To reserve rehearsal space, contact Maureen Cupid-Pierre at 212-245-4802 ext. 111.
NewYorkMusicians.com: You’re eligible to create a profile on NewYorkMusicians.com, Local 802’s Online Directory, through which employers can hire you for engagements, from weddings to teaching artist gigs, under union contracts. Create a Profile Now.
Musicians’ Assistance Program: All Local 802 members and their families are eligible for MAP, a free and confidential program administered and professionally staffed by The Actors Fund. The program’s services include counseling, referrals, and resources for anything ranging from personal, family, and work issues and substance abuse to childcare, elder care, financial assistance, legal services, and work/life seminars on topics like financial management and healthcare.
Emergency Relief Fund: After two years of union membership, all active Local 802 members are eligible for help from the Musicians’ Emergency Relief Fund if they’re experiencing extreme financial hardship. The ERF can connect you to appropriate services through MAP or help you pay off an expense, such as gas, electric, or telephone cut-off, eviction, medical debts, costs incurred due to the theft of instruments, auto repairs, etc.
Actors Federal Credit Union: You’re eligible to join the Actors Federal Credit Union as an 802 member. An AFCU branch is located on the 4th floor of Local 802. AFCU is owned and run by its members, meaning any net income earned is returned to members in the form of dividends on deposits or discounted loan pricing, including affordable instrument loans.
AFM Log-In: There are a number of insurance policies Local 802 members can access through the AFM. The instrument insurance policy allows coverage for your equipment for theft or when it’s off premises or in transit. To learn more about the plan, log into the above link with a MyAFM account, which all AFM members are eligible to create.
Unclaimed Checks Pick-Up: Local 802 collects checks for our members from the Sound Recording Special Payments Fund, the Film Musicians Secondary Market Fund, the AFM & SAG-AFTRA Fund, SoundExchange, AARC, and the escrow fund of New York State. Pick up your checks from the Electronic Media Checks Window on the 2nd floor of Local 802 from 10AM-4:30PM on all weekdays except for Wednesday, when the window is open until 5:30PM.
Lester Petrillo Memorial Fund for Disabled Musicians: The Memorial Fund is a charitable trust fund that provides financial aid to disabled AFM members on an emergency basis. To learn more about the Memorial Fund and how to apply for aid, log into the above link with a MyAFM account, which all AFM members are eligible to create.
Anne Walker Scholarship Fund: Each year, Anne Walker Scholarships are awarded to members of Local 802 and their children who are pursuing the study of music at an institution of higher learning. The deadline to apply each year is typically in early May.
Music Performance Trust Fund: Funding is available for musical performances meeting certain guidelines set by the Recording Industries Music Performance Fund. A co-sponsor is required. Contact MPTF administrator Marisa Friedman for more information.
Legal Advice: Our members are entitled to free legal advice and, in some instances, representation. If you have legal questions, contact Harvey Mars, counsel to Local 802.
Free Pilates Classes: Through our partnership with The Actors Fund, Local 802 members can sign up for free Pilates classes for musicians, aimed toward improving your endurance, helping you stop masking performance pain, and more. To find out when the next eight-week session starts and register, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
AFM’s Union Plus Program: As a current or retired union member, you are automatically eligible for AFM’s Union Plus Benefits. Create a free account and find out what discounts and benefits you’re eligible for.
Friedman Health Center: A health center conveniently located in Times Square for NYC’s entertainment community, so you can make appointments before or after gigs! The Health Center is a program of The Actors Fund and Mount Sinai Doctors, offering primary and specialty care.
Allegro: All Local 802 members qualify for a subscription to our award-winning monthly print publication of news and articles important to the music industry and our union.
Assistance from union organizers and business representatives to win and enforce union contracts. Want to get more involved in your union or discuss how to solve issues at your workplace? Contact Director of Field Services Leo Gertner or organizers Lily Paulina and Shane Gasteyer.
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.
The Local 802 Musicians’ Emergency Relief Fund is a non-profit 501(c)(3), with the mission to provide Local 802’s professional musician members with reliable assistance in times of trouble and dire need.
ERF is a non-profit charitable organization that provides financial assistance and support services to musicians in need, and is run through the Local 802 Musicians Assistance Program administered by the Actor’s Fund. ERF assistance is provided in the form of a direct grant to the musician’s service provider. For example, the funds are sent directly to physicians, landlords, and counselors.
Call the MAP office at the Actor’s Fund at ( 212) 221-7300 ext. 119, or email email@example.com
The Musician Assistance Program (MAP) provides a wide range of services, including:
The MAP office is located at The Actors Fund, 729 Seventh Avenue, 10th Floor, New York NY, 10019.
For an appointment, please call (212) 221-7300 ext. 119, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. For emergencies on evenings and weekends only, call (212) 621-7780. All calls are confidential.
Tell your friends, family and fellow music lovers to follow your lead and give to #NotesForRelief, in support of the Musicians’ Emergency Relief Fund! Help the #NotesForRelief hashtag campaign go viral! Spread the word on Twitter; here are some tweets to get you started (just copy/paste!):
Now Is The Time! @Local_802_AFM launches #NotesForRelief — help support professional musicians in times of crisis! http://local802erf.org
Music lovers, come together for #NotesForRelief! Services of @Local_802_AFM are critical, and they need our help! http://local802erf.org
“Jazz in the Afternoon” is a vibrant, informal series for popular jazz club musicians and Broadway players to perform for free. There is no charge for admission, but donations of any amount are accepted to benefit the NYC Musician’s Emergency Relief Fund of American Federation of Musicians Local 802, which helps musicians in times of crisis.
The Musicians’ ERF needs the sustaining support of music lovers and patrons of the arts to ensure that no deserving member goes without aid in times of crisis. Your tax-deductible contribution will ensure that the music will play on! Donate Now
The Local 802 Musicians’ Assistance Program (MAP) runs under the auspices of the Actors Fund of America to help serve the members of Local 802 and their families. MAP is committed to the goal of helping musicians, a largely uninsured population, get appropriate free or low-cost treatment for drug and alcohol problems as well as for personal, relational and work-related problems
802 Emergency Response & Reporting: 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.
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.
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 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.
Manhattan Plaza Health Club – located at 482 W.43rd Street, near 10th Avenue, proudly offers a local 802 AFM member discount.
ONE YEAR COMMITMENT MEMBERSHIP
$0 Registration ($149 Savings) & Dues are $75/month ($24 Savings/month)
$0 Registration ($195 Savings) & Regular Dues of $89/month ($10 Savings/month)
TO REDEEM: Show current proof of membership or employment with LOCAL 802.
Multiple freezes available, if needed, with 30 Days Notice.
Kristin Bernhardt for a Tour & Trial Day Pass
Phone: (212) 563-7001
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
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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: email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
416-391-5161 (toll free: 1 800 463-6333) ext. 222
Kaitlyn Vleming: email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 email@example.com 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Elizabeth Blake (email@example.com).
For information and assistance about performing in Canada, please contact:
Lily Kemeredin: firstname.lastname@example.org, 416-391-5161 (toll free: 1 800 463-6333) ext. 221
Consultation Letters For U.S. Visas
Q. What is a consultation letter, and why do I need one?
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.
Q. Does the AFM issue consultations for any cultural artist or group?
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.
Q. Which Visa should I apply for—an O-1B, P-1B, P-2 or P-3?
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.
Q. What information do I need to provide in order to receive a letter from the AFM?
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.
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: http://uscis.gov/graphics/index.htm.
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).
American Federation of Musicians
1501 Broadway – Ninth floor
New York, NY 10036
Attn: Liz Blake
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
NYC.gov – Get free legal advice. Legal matters are important to small businesses, but legal terms and fees can be daunting. The NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS) can connect you to free one-on-one legal services, helping you to:
Get quality legal assistance at a reasonable price – https://www.unionplus.org/benefits/home/legal-help
You can find reliable advice at an affordable price if you need legal help or simply have a question of a legal nature. Union members have free access to basic legal services or can upgrade to a higher level of legal service at a discounted price.
Union Plus Legal Program — Basic
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Union Plus Legal Program — Premium
For a low fee of $22.95 a month*, you’ll have access to a network of experienced attorneys, ready whenever you are.
The Actor’s Fund Career Center curates employment opportunity for performing arts and entertainment professionals who are seeking meaningful sideline work.
The NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS) helps connect New Yorkers to good jobs and training.
Hundreds of Thousands of Workers Needed
In the spring of 2020, the Census Bureau will launch a Census field operation, known as Nonresponse Follow-up. Census Takers will knock on doors to follow up with households who have not responded to the census questionnaire.
Both Field and Office Positions Available
The office positions, which are more limited, will be located in area census offices. The role of these offices is to recruit, select, hire, train, manage, and pay all office and field staff who work within the designated boundaries of the geographic territory assigned to the office. The Census Bureau is in the process of opening 248 offices to support the 2020 Census. As these offices become ready for business, they are listed at:
Easy to Apply
Applying for one of these jobs is simple. Visit 2020census/jobs/how-to-apply
(or) call 855-JOB-2020 and select option 3 for more information.
Pay rates for field and clerical jobs can be found at 2020census.gov/jobs/pay-and-locations.
Those who are being considered for a position will receive a telephone interview. If offered a job, they will receive instructions on next steps via email.
Online Paperwork, Fingerprinting & Background Check
Applicants will need to complete paperwork online and make an appointment to get fingerprinted for the background check. Once they are offered the job, there will be a period of time before their start date to allow time for the background clearance process.
To search for possible management positions, go to USAjobs.gov.
Most applications will remain active throughout the 2020 Census and may be considered as positions become available.
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Download the NYC311 App for free:
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Operating a Business in NYC? Get all of the information you need for your business.
FastTrac is a free, 10-session entrepreneurship course that provides aspiring entrepreneurs with the knowledge and skills they need to launch successful businesses in NYC.
AMP NYC – a free, three-month accelerator for media and entertainment businesses looking to increase business, elevate their brand, expand audience reach, and respond to rapidly changing shifts in the industry. Requires 3-hrs per week for three months.
Made in NY Talks – the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME) informs and educates New Yorkers about the film, television, theatre, and digital media industries via panel discussions and other public facing events.
Where the Jobs Are: Music – a Made in NY Talk
The Art of Freelancing – a Made in NY Talk
Spotlight on Broadway – a Made in NY Talk
Stay Live: Music and Entertainment – a Made in NY Talk
Media & Tech: Spotify, Soundcloud, Bandcamp, Pandora – a Made in NY Talk
The 802 Resource Center is a tremendous tool for members, providing easy access to programs that are freely available for everyone who lives or works in New York.
We welcome contributions to the Resource Center, per the following criteria:
The exception to the above criteria are AFM products and services, including insurance and other offered programs.
Prior to posting, all listings will be reviewed by the Executive Board to confirm adherence to the above criteria.