We are the Grand Rapids Federation of Musicians.
1. Increase Demand And Employment of Live Musicians
In addition, we administer the Recording Industries Music Performance Trust Funds, which help fund free concerts at malls, parks, festivals, schools, nursing homes, and other public events. Our members earned almost $44,000 last year utilizing these funds.
We also have contracts that cover every aspect of recordings, videos, radio, TV, and concert tours; from the local to the national level.
Additional benefits are available to members such as Replacement Value Instrument Insurance, Liability Insurance, and the Union Privilege Master Card, through our affiliation with the AFL-CIO.
Call us at 451-4374 in Grand Rapids or 1-800-637-0498 outside of Grand Rapids for more information on how the Grand Rapids Federation of Musicians can help you.
1. Helping You Get Work
Internet Exposure - Our website (www.livemusicgr.org) lists all of our members' groups with links to your own email and website. In the near future, we hope to be able to offer members a web page of their own as well.
Convention Listings - We have a listing of all of the convention activity coming up in the Kent County area over the next 3 years so that members can market themselves directly to these groups.
Membership Directory - Members are listed alphabetically and by instrument. Band leaders looking for subs or permanent replacements use the directory to find the musicians they need.
Union Affiliation - Many touring shows that perform here use local bands or musicians. Those touring under union contracts use local union musicians.
Wage Scales - The membership decides what minimum scale should be for various types of work. You can charge as much as you can get for your services, but we set minimums so that members aren't giving away their services and lowering everyone's ability to earn a living.
Music Performance Trust Funds - You can get paid to play performances that are free to the public with the assistance of these funds. Musicians playing for festivals, in parks, at malls, and at schools, don't need to give away their skills just for the exposure. Professionals get paid.
Networking - Members have the expertise of the top music professional throughout the US and Canada to assist them. We'll be happy to talk with you about any aspect of the music industry.
Contract Negotiation - When a group of musicians working under one employer on a regular basis requests it, we can negotiate wages and benefits on their behalf. We do this, for example, on behalf of the musicians of the Grand Rapids Symphony.
Pension Fund - Through the AFM, musicians have one of the best pension funds in existence, and it isn't difficult to get vested.
Lester Petrillo Fund for Disabled Musicians - What happens when injury or illness sidelines a musician temporarily or permanently? This Fund provides some financial help.
GRFM Scholarship Fund - We award scholarship to area student musicians in an effort to give aspiring professionals a chance to become the best musicians they can become.
Professional Publications - The AFM's International Musician and our Local 56 Musician help keep members informed about current events and trends in the music industry. Classified ads in the International Musician carry all kinds of valuable job listings.
Master Card - The AFM Master Card is available to members at low interest rates, even if your only job is a "musician".
Stampers Credit Union - As a member, you enjoy the advantages of credit union membership through the Stampers Credit Union.
Insurance - Members can purchase a variety of different types of insurance tailored to the needs of professional musicians, including health, dental, liability and instrument insurance.
Grand Rapids Federation of Musicians - 918 Benjamin Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Phone: (616) 451-4374 OR 1-800-637-0498 | Fax: (616) 451-2403 | E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org