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Happy Labor Day

Dear RMA Members,

We offer you, your families and friends, very best wishes as you celebrate Labor Day. We hope it is a great holiday for all. This is a great time to reflect on the blessings that courageous men and women throughout the Labor Movement have brought both to us as individuals and to our communities. We owe them so very much, even as those struggles for social justice and worker rights continue.

In more recent times, some aspects of the Labor Movement have turned inward to bring reform not only to employer practice, but to union practice as well.

Our union, the American Federation of Musicians, continues to struggle with issues of Union Democracy and respectful treatment of its members.

An excellent article describing the current state of AFM affairs, complete with historical background, has been posted at

The author is Edward Shamgochian. He is the President of AFM Local 143, which is located in Worcester, Massachusetts. Mr. Shamgochian has been an AFM member for more than 60 years. His years of experience and perspective on how the AFM treats all of us makes for compelling reading.
Stay tuned for more…

Health Care Town Halls

Health care is a central issue for musicians. As Congress winds up its summer break, town halls have been scheduled around the country in order for elected representatives to hear from us about health care.
Please use the form provided by to search for a town hall or public event near you. Just plug in your zip code… is a coalition that spans the American labor movement, including our sister performer unions AFTRA and SAG. Click here for a list of coalition partners.

Welcome to the Recording Musicians Association new online presence!

Recording musicians provide the sounds and soul of motion pictures, television, sound recordings, commercial advertisements and much, much more.  Power up your IPod, turn on your radio, TV, Wii or XBox, walk into a movie theater or simply enter any public building, and you will be enveloped by the sounds created and performed by recording musicians.

The RMA works hard to improve the lives of the artists, the musicians, the players, orchestrators, copyists and librarians who bring this music to life.  As a small minority within the American Federation of Musicians we are ever surrounded by other interests, but we never lose sight of the bottom line – the lives and livelihoods of working musicians.