AFM & Recording Industry Strike New 3-Year Labor Deal


The American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada (AFM) and the major recording companies struck a new three-year labor deal just before midnight on October 27, 2011.  The new agreement, which becomes effective upon ratification, calls for scale wage increases across the board, as well as other economic improvements, in contrast to the current climate of deep concessionary bargaining in many industries.

Centennial Celebration - Tuesday Night Concert Series

Local 586 became an AFM Local on May 5, 1912! Help your Union start celebrating its big birthday by attending Centennial Birthday Concert #1 of AFM Local 586's Centennial Tuesdays Concert Series*:

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WHERE:   Our newly decorated and improved Musicians Hall, 1202 East Oak Street, NE corner of 12th St. & Oak.


WHEN:     November 8, 7:30 - 9:30PM


Tom Miles - YGD Scholarship Concert, Event, Party, Hang - September 25th , 2011


  • Ron Carrow Big Band under the direction of Tom Williams.
  • Extreme Decibel Big Band
  • Steve Ansel and the Jackson Street Band
  • Ken Taylor's Trumpet Ensemble
  • Frank Smith Group
  • Open Jam

September 25th, 2011
Noon - 6 (or longer)
Musician's Hall, 1202 E. Oak St, Phoenix
Free Admission - Donations accepted for YGD Music Scholarship for MCC musis students.
For more information contact Doug Robinson at

AFM Encourages Continued Support of Detroit Symphony Orchestra

After another round of unproductive talks between the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) musicians and management, and the DSO’s cancellation of this weekend’s concerts, it is clear that the orchestra’s struggle is far from over. The DSO Board of Directors agreed to postpone the decision to cancel the remainder of the season and meet again next week. As the strike enters its 18th week, the American Federation of Musicians (AFM) continues to firmly support the members of the orchestra, and encourages all music lovers to do the same.

AFM Applauds FCC Decision to Protect Wireless Microphone Users

The Federal Communications Commission released a decision on September 23, 2010 regarding the use of “white spaces,” which sets aside space for wireless microphones to operate without interference from mobile broadband devices. This is a welcome relief for theaters, concert halls, and other venues that use wireless microphones for live performances.


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