News Archives: October 2015

10/16/15 South Florida Musicians Association Holds Membership Drive

Initiation Fees waived October 1–December 31, 2015. Join now and save up to $115!

RENEW the power of working musicians in South Florida by becoming a member of the one organization looking out for your professional interests-the AFM! 

R – Respect......... Gaining respect for musicians as professionals in the community.

E – Employment. Working with musicians and employers to develop more opportunities under AFM contracts.

N – Networking.. Networking with others to build strength and influence through a collective voice.

E – Equality........ Representing all musicians so that they are treated fairly and without favoritism.

W – Wages.......... Organizing and Negotiating  to boost musicians’ wages and benefits.

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10/16/15 Warning to Musicians Contacted By South Florida Symphony

Please be advised that South Florida Musicians Association is strongly discouraging musicians from accepting employment with the South Florida Symphony (formerly Key West Symphony). Musicians who performed for the Symphony in January, February, March, and April 2015 have yet to be paid for any of their services. Additionally, the Symphony has a history of having difficulty paying musicians in a timely manner. Musicians have had to wait from eight months to up to two years to be paid for concerts performed in 2010, 2013, and 2014. According to the Symphony's most recent tax return, the Symphony has liabilities of nearly $380,000 on an annual budget of only $650,000. The Symphony is not party to a union contract, and should you chose to perform and fail to be paid, your only recourse would be to pursue collections through small claims court or under county wage theft ordinances. Our recommendation is that you avoid placing yourself in such a position.

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact South Florida Musicians Association.