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American Federation of Musicians

The American Federation of Musicians (AFM/AFofM), also known as the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada, is the world’s largest labor union for professional musicians. The union is affiliated with the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations and the Canadian Labor Congress. The federation was founded in 1896 with Owen Miller as its president. The headquarters of the AFM is situated in New York City. Raymond M. Hair Jr. is presently (in 2015) the president of the federation.

The chief objective of the AFM is to keep improving the interests of professional musicians. The AFM carries this out by negotiating fair agreements, protecting ownership of recorded music, securing benefits such as health care and pensions, and lobbying legislators. ...

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